i am having a dress up/costume party for the kids' 5th and 3rd bdays on saturday. i just got done doing some planning and need some help feeling great about a simple, thrifty idea. i am thinking i am going to use the plates and napkins i already have. i have a basket full of different colored napkins from previous parties and such. i have pink and purple for kendall, her faves and i have some that are festive green and orange that will do for isaac. my stash of plates is all girly, but i have plenty of plain glass (and others, of course) plates that we can use with the paper ones. i have some disposable cups, but not necessarily enough, so i may buy some...or i could just use what we have in paper, the few plastic ones, and then adults can use our glasses. it's not all going to be set out on the table like a cute party display, anyway, because we are using the table for a craft when the kids first get here. so...the food (simple dinner b/c of 4:00 party) and plates and everything will just be stacked up on the kitchen counter until we are ready to eat anyway. i am thinking it could be very simple and responsible to just use what i have, but i don't want to feel stupid come party time either. i am going to pick up strawberries from a local farm to go with dinner and have those, Chick fil a nuggets (kids' fave), and sunchips (also a fave and compostable bag...lol). what else could we have? we are making cupcakes for k and a cake for isaac and decorating them ourselves. splurged on a handmade bday banner from etsy. so excited about it! besides that, hanging up dress up costumes on the mantle and around the house for decoration. i have a lot of the supplies we need for the crafts. we are going to make several dress up items and that is what everyone will take home. i need to buy tulle, wooden dowels and stars for wands, fleece, and elastic. sounding ok?