Tut Tuesday: How to throw a party using the Michael’s dollar bins
I’m a regular at all of the Michael’s crafts stores in the greater Denver area. It’s true. I go to Michael’s at least 2-3 times every week. A few weeks ago, I was perusing through the dollar bins on my lunch break and came across some vintage circus party supplies. I freaked out! I immediately camped out and started collecting everything I could get my hands on. They had everything from animal masks to muffin tins to vintage stamps. Everything is 2 for $3 and it’s very easy and affordable to put on the perfect partay. Click on through for more pictures and information!
I’m a huge fan of stamps and went nuts when I saw these lion-shaped beauties. They also carry a giraffe and hot air balloon shape. Use red ink and stamp onto luggage tags. Wrap around vintage sodas with a little baker’s twine and call it a day! We used wooden fruit baskets to hold red fruits like strawberries to match!
These treat bags came in a set of 6 and a variety of patterns. You better believe I bought every type of bag offered! Fill them with candy and seal with glittered clothespins. They’re the perfect addition to the table.
The animal masks were so fun to use and the kids LOVED posing with them. So serious!
That zebra is my fave.
For the cake topper, spray paint a wooden letter any color and hot glue a BBQ skewer to the back. Drive down into the cake’s center and it will stay put!
I found some toy lions, elephants, and bears and spray painted them gold for cohesion. They also had some muffin tins so I filled those with some yummy yellow cake.
My favorite part of the party was the Ring of Fire Cupcakes. They stole the show and were a piece of cake (seriously) to make! Click here for the how-to!
There were so many goodies to choose from, but these cards were just the ticket for the invites. With a blank inside, the possibilities are endless.
I filled the treat bags with vintage candies. Most of the candy pictured above can be found near the checkout stands at Michael’s. I also scoured through a vintage candy shop here in Denver for some of the extras. Some of the others can be found on Amazon including the Glitterati. I used to eat this Italian candy when I was little and the packaging is so fun to look at. It’s almost too pretty to eat.
The red and white striped fabric is from IKEA and I had quite a lot of it for the backdrop. I also used a bunch of cardstock for the pinwheels. These are cheap and make a big impact. If you are unsure how to make them, this is a great tutorial. To make the table cover, I stamped a bunch of red hot air balloons all over a roll of brown kraft paper.
This party was very inexpensive and VERY fun to throw. It’s all in the details, and luckily, Michael’s had everything I needed. The stamps were a huge hit with me, of course. Head on over to your local Michael’s right now and stock up. I plan to throw lots of circus parties for my future children. They’re gonna LOVE it!
Photography by: Ashley Swapp Photography