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DIY Dinosaur Birthday Decor Under $50

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This past weekend my nephew turned one! Well, he turned one Monday, but his first birthday party was on Saturday. Being the Martha Stewart I am, I was enlisted to help with party planning and although there were some setbacks, we managed to pull everything off under my sisters’ budget. (And try not to mind the photos – it was super bright outside the pavilion, super dark under it, the wind was insane and I was stressed to the max trying to get everything done before guests arrived.)

First, let me start by saying the budget was a challenge. I was given a food budget of $50 to feed the entire invited number of 86 people, of which about 45 came. Still, $50 for 45 mostly adult people is not a huge number to work with. But that’s for another post. Our decor budget was really low and although a number was never given, we gave it our best to stay as low as possible.

A major tip when planning parties is to shop your house first. You need a banner? See if you have some unused construction paper or cardstock lying around from another project. Need party plates? Check your stockpile that you have filled with FREE paper plates instead of spending $1 per pack of eight for a certain color – nobody really cares what color your plates are.
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Outfits

Dinosaur Statement Necklace

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Long Sleeve Tee / Dinosaur Necklace / Levi’s 535 Super Skinny Jeans in Mid Roast / Pointed Toe Flats

This past weekend was my nephews’ first birthday and we went with a dinosaur theme, so obviously I needed a fitting necklace. I got so many compliments on it all through the party by people I really didn’t think would like it at all. Funny how that works.

I love statement necklaces with really minimal outfits – it just makes the necklace pop. And what color could make a silver necklace pop more, than my favorite color ever – black. 🙂
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