I was NOT excited about throwing a Moana birthday party…the things we do for our kids.
If you’ve been around a while, I know you are scratching your head thinking, “Kate didn’t want to throw a party?? WHAT???” Actually, I was all about throwing a birthday party— but not so much on throwing a Moana birthday party.
First of all, we did a luau 2 years ago when Whitlee turned 2. Second, Moana is the theme of the summer. Every party we’ve been to in the last 3 months was a Moana theme. I like a tiny bit of originality. But Whit is Disney’s dream customer and she wants all things in character, so a Moana birthday we had.
It was hard not to be infected by Whit’s excitement about her Moana party and I was completely on board by the end. So surf on in and I’ll tell you all about it.
A Moana Birthday Party On A Budget
The majority of decorations were recycled from previous parties, or from household items- but I managed a few Moana-specific decorations like these paper maché letters.
Have you noticed the Disney channel spells the word “DISNEY” out of characters from each show? Well, here it is as a party prop and I LOVE the way these turned out.
The letters were 1.50 each at Hobby Lobby and the “4” was on the clearance aisle for 77 cents! The only material I bought specifically for this project (aside from the letters) was the moss. Everything else was dug out of my craft bins.
The “Aloha” banner was made from burlap (very roughly cut) from my scrap box and letters cut from paint color samples (I love using paint color sample chips for banners!) strung on hemp.
Moana Photo Opps
But this Moana birthday party show stealer was definitely the photo opp corner. What began as an idea for a simple cardboard boat quickly became a very detailed ship as I repeatedly ran across recyclable materials that were perfect for boat building.
Thanks to Uncle John and Crossfit Rome for having so many recyclable materials that worked perfectly! (There will be a tutorial to come!)
And it wouldn’t be a Kreative Whim Party without some type of painted wood decor. These wooden cutouts of Maui and Moana were a huge hit and I loved watching our guests enjoy them.
We always have a plethora of wood in our garage but these could easily be made from foam board or cardboard if wood isn’t lying around your house. I’m all for using what ya got!
Cheap Moana birthday party centerpieces
I don’t know about you but my birthday party budget is pretty small so I try to think outside the box when it comes to decorating and use items I can collect or repurpose for free.
The tables were kept pretty simple (because simple is underrated) and I spent less than $2 on each table.
I collected a crate of beer bottles and washed and peeled the labels off. Then I wrapped some twine around the neck and knotted the ends through seashells. Luckily my Dad and brother are shell collectors and stocked me up for all my party needs. The beer bottles made perfect vases for the fake tropical flowers I snagged from the Dollar Tree.
And what’s a luau without a pineapple? But pineapples are expensive and pinecones are free! I grew up in South Georgia and have an endless supply of pinecones available whenever I may need them. The pineapples got so many compliments- I almost didn’t want to throw them out!
While we are on the topic of tropical decor, the painted coconuts are a must for any Moana birthday party!
Our church multi-purpose building has several rooms. For this party I blocked off 2 which gave me the opportunity to have two focal points. One was the photo opp space, while this space took on a more traditional tropical theme.
The cake table was decorated with a grass table skirt and paper lanterns from Whitlee’s 2nd birthday. The Happy Birthday banner was made from- YOU GUESSED IT- paint chip cards (and glitter!).
And the final staple in a Moana Birthday party- the Heart of Tefiti.
Once again I found a reason to use some plastic tablecloths! For this project I glued a plastic tablecloth to a cylinder and used decomesh, butcher paper, and tropical flowers to create Tefiti’s face.
Moana Birthday Party Activities
With so many little kids running around I rarely plan elaborate activities. For our Moana party I planned 3 inexpensive, easy activities:
Totem Pole Decorating using paper towel rolls, crayons, and markers
Maui’s Tattoo Station with these Moana and Maui themed tattoos.
Shell necklace making
Per usual, we try to minimize the gift receiving and maximize the giving back at our birthday parties (we live in a little house with no playroom, people!). This year, in keeping with the Moana theme, we encouraged guests to bring food for the church food pantry in lieu of a gift. This little patchwork fish garland was leftover from Craig’s birthday supper back in March.
So this party didn’t cost a fortune, but it did take a little time. Though you have to agree- these faces make it allll worth it!
How could I forget? The Moana tu-tu outfit is from Amazon. Whitlee saw it while browsing on my phone one day and just really needed it for her party.
Thanks so much for dropping in! Do you have a budget-friendly party hack? Share it with me!
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