And I'm probably biased, but I think it turned out very cute:
Here is what I spent on items specifically for the party. Other than the carrots, I was able to get everything else on BOGO sale, & had coupons for both the potatoes and the salad mix:
1 bag Fresh Express salad mix-$0.85
1 bag carrots-$0.88
1 package Simply Potatoes mashed sweet potatoes-$0.79
2 packages Sea Best coconut & popcorn shrimp-$5.99
Total spent: $8.51
Everything else I used were staples I already had in my kitchen or craft supplies I already had in my craft closet. That's it. Our menu was based on 3 of my MIL's favorite things-salad, shrimp, and sweet potatoes, and was topped off by homemade carrot cake with homemade cream cheese frosting (mmmmm!) For the decorations, I cheated and used some of the ideas I have been working on for Maggie's upcoming birthday party--the happy birthday banner and party hats--with some random scrapbook paper I had lying around the house, (I don't scrapbook, but I love that paper--so useful!), which meant that it cost me nothing but time.