then i realized that i don't have a jillion dollars. we're now looking some alternate ideas.
the seeded invites turned out to be the most frivolous-seeming expense, so we're currently searching for 100% recycled cardstock to print our own invitations on. the stuff that big chain stores like staples sells is made of 10% post consumer waste, which to me is not really that good. so the search will go on tomorrow at a few local paper stores. i'm at the point where i have to buy something... invites need to go out this week!
decorations. we're definitely doing a lot of balloons (did you know that ALL latex balloons are compostable... not just trader joe's ones?) but i really wanted to do something a little more permanent that i could pull out every year. kind of like this. and so i ordered a ton of this adorable fabric during a half-off sale at an online quilt shop. i was so excited. the bad news? the quilt shop tanked and most orders were cancelled. including mine. so now i'm trying to pull together scraps that i have that will coordinate well as decoration. we'll see how it goes.
we're sticking with compostable plates and things, even though it's a bit more expensive than regular throwaway stuff. one step better would have been to get a full set of bambooware, but again, it was super cost-prohibitive.
oh, and the pony, the pony. everyone told me to hold off on the pony, at least until next year. i am very begrudgingly heeding their advice. humph.
more to come from the planning front as things unfold!