I kept the cost low by decorating with functional items on the table. The Cafe decorations (shown above) were made from just 3 pieces of poster board, some markers and dollar store cellophane using the cardboard roll for the lollipop sticks.
We decorated gingerbread houses using an old school trick of using cartons for the base and attaching graham crackers to them. I think there was more eating than decorating, but that's the fun of it huh?!
I think this is a tradition we will keep each year. Our daughter loved hosting her friends. We feel like it gave her more of a servant's heart. Each time we talked about the party she was concerned about what her friends would like and what would make them feel special. What a different idea than entertaining where the focus is all on the entertainer or the birthday girl. I'm exhausted but it was a night of pure fun!