A Quick & Easy Dragon Loves Taco Party

Disclosure: *To make it easy for your last minute party, we’ve included direct links to many of the items we used. Some of the links are affiliate links which means, at no additional cost to you, we will be compensated if you click through and make a purchase. 🙂

We have all been there. Yes you know what we are talking about… it’s your kid’s bday and you have no idea what you are going to do. Between conference calls, checking homework, and babysitting your husband, you completely lost track of time and money and the day is quickly approaching. Our CPL bestie Karleeta reached out to us with the same problem. Check out our tips for throwing together a birthday party that is super quick and works with any budget.

At CPL, we are no stranger to throwing together quick shindigs. And let’s be honest, with everything you have going on, you probably don’t have the time to plan out party details months in advance. Heck, you probably can’t remember the last time you went to the bathroom without someone knocking on the door. However, fear not besties, the key to quickly pulling off a party is creating a schedule.  By staying organized, we put together this party in two weeks.  Here is your schedule countdown.

Set a Budget

The first thing to get this train moving is checking your wallet. Set your budget asap and stick to it. Remember focus on spending creativity and not always money. Check in with your family and besties to see if they would be willing to donate their services in lieu of a gift. This is also a great way to incorporate other children in your family. With simple instructions, Titan’s younger family members created personalized party favors as their gift to him. The kids found the crafts creative and fun, and most of the items they already had around the house including paper towel rolls, glue, construction paper, etc. Need a clown? Your bestie who is always goofing around has just been nominated.  She can consider this payback for that time you were nursing and you went to her birthday party at the club. There is a ton of ways to get creative to bring your vision to life.

Pick a Theme

When picking a theme make sure it is unique to your child.  You may think because you are on a quick timeline that this party can’t be detailed and personal, but it totally can.  The key is picking something that is totally special to your child and making it your own. Is your kid obsessed with wildlife? Throw him/her a safari in the backyard complete with stuffed animals. How about unicorns? Throw your kid a rainbow colored party with sparkles. For Karleeta’s son Titan’s 2nd birthday party we went super creative with a Dragons Love Tacos theme. It was priceless to see his reaction at his favorite book coming to life. It’s also cool to add an element of surprise to your theme.  Titan’s birthday is in March one the coldest months of the year, so we made sure to bring some sunshine and give his party a “day in the park” vibe.

 

Shopping Time!*

I have one word Amazon, Amazon, Amazon! Whether you are low on time, or not, you can all have all your purchases sent via Amazon Prime in a couple days or less. Also, the competitive pricing is amazing and will help you shop for bargains. We scoured Amazon looking for the coolest party materials and purchased these fun food baskets, bright balloons, awesome dragons, nice party banner, adorable crazy straws, colorful polka dots plates, and the cutest item of all… miniature wooden park benches. Easy to assemble, these benches gave the whole party an outdoor look. Party favors were easy. We laid off the sugar, our CPL babies are sweet enough, and purchased Crayola 4-pack crayons from you guessed it… Amazon. We packaged these with coloring books that we printed out. The best part? We picked out all these items the week of the party and got them the next day!

Dragon Loves Taco Decor

Repurpose Party Goods

True to budget, we also looked at items that we had in our house that we could repurpose. These green Ikea Hampen rugs are a CPL favorite and we love to use them at parties to bring in that grassy knoll feel. You might recall them from our affordable little girls’ tea party. For parties with a festive feel, we love to use our Crate and Barrel galvanized servingware. Oh, and these chalkboards that of course we got at Amazon for CPL co-founder Pam’s ultra-chic wedding on a budget.

On the Menu

Oh, and food we almost forgot! One of the best things about the Dragons Love Tacos theme is the food was already picked out. To amp the tacos theme we threw an element of surprise, you know that thing we mentioned earlier, and did a kid’s take on Mexican street food. Creating this culinary feast was quick and definitely fun! When creating multiple items for a party, we like to mix super easy items that don’t require cooking with simple prep food items. Instead of grilled Mexican street corn, which we absolutely love but not so much for a kids’ party, we opted for popcorn served in paper cones.  We swapped empanadas for Smucker’s Uncrustables, and we did three flavors of tacos and nachos.  Look out for the recipe in our future posts. And of course, we had to look out for the adults without a little party in a cup. The frozen cucumber and strawberry margaritas were to die for.

Dragon Loves Taco Food Menu

Margaritas

So besties, next time your in a party dilemma remember these words Chill.Pop.Live!

Here are the affiliate links* to the party decor that really made this Dragon Loves Taco 2nd Birthday pop!