HOW TO: Budget-friendly “Skateboarding” Birthday Party Ideas

My son Charlie recently turned six.

As an uber busy working mama, it was a mad scramble for me to throw together Skateboard-themed party decor. My party planning mission: craft elements by hand in a flash with flair AND on a budget.

(The “Martha” in me insisted on some specials handmade touches…).

So…with a little ingenuity, Platypus Designer Duct Tape’s Jolly Roger pattern and pre-bought supplies, I rolled up my sleeves + got busy crafting the night before the birthday party.

Here’s how I did it:

~ Design inspiration: the Skateboarder party invite that I designed + printed at home on Paper Bag A6 note cards from Paper Source. Also purchased black envelopes + various printable stickers from the store. Sealed each party invite with a strip of Jolly Roger, for “awesome”ness.

~ Used “Grid” twin sheet from the Shaun White Bedding Collection from Target  as a tablecloth (double bang for the buck because I can now use the sheet set on my son’s bed!)

~ Covered an oversized handmade cake serving platter from a pre-cut piece of grade A plywood with in Jolly Roger  (Home Depot or Lowe’s will also cut it smaller for you, for free. Board + tape was about $12 – both affordable + reusable!)

~ Bought Trader Joe’s cake and frosting mixes and then shaped skateboard out of  (2) 9×13″ sheet cakes. Piped the Spitfire skate logo (the Spitfire guys are based out of San Francisco). I used Pepperidge Farms “Pirouette” cookies for the “trucks,” M&MS + chocolate mini donuts for the wheels.

~ Handcrafted a number “6″ out of Jolly Roger then taped onto a skewer to turn it into a cake topper. Was Rob’s idea to print the 6 backwards and forwards. Cover the cardstock with tape on the backside of each print out. Then cut out the 6 shapes + glue them together. So smart!

~ Handmade Jolly Roger tags saying “Eat Up” for the small silverware bucket + “Drink Up” tag for the drink bucket that I then filled with color-coordinated mini Cokes for a special birthday treat!

~ To coincide with the Paper Bag card stock, I used simple twine to tie the tags onto the buckets. Sources: galvanized white metal bucket is from Target for $2.50! Galvanized mini blue metal bucket is from Pottery Barn Kids (they just sell big ones now). And you can get twine at True Value or any local hardware store.

~ Handmade Jolly Roger birthday boy drink flag. You could also make them for all cups, if time allows. (Target sells these cute little Solo on-the-go kid packs with cups, lids and straws so I just embellished).

~ Printed Skateboarder sticker to decorate the top of the colorful napkin stack. You could also use rubber stamps on these stickers.

~ Kept the food simple by serving pizza and bowls of grab-n-go red apples since the kids were taking a skateboarding lesson.

I learned with a little bit of pre-planning, a boost of creativity and some determination, there are all sorts of unexpected ways to decorate and craft with our Designer Duct Tape – FAST and affordably.

Overall cost: $100!!!

  • Paper Source note cards, envelopes, stickers = $15
  • Plywood + tape = $12
  • Target sheet set, white buckets, cup pack = $33
  • Colorful napkins = $10
  • Twine = $5
  • 2 cake mixes, 2 frosting mixes, box mini donuts, 1 can pirouettes, small bag M&Ms = $25 (other food/drinks included pizza, apples, mini Cokes, bag of ice)

My son thought this personalized birthday party was “Rad!”

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4 Comments on "HOW TO: Budget-friendly “Skateboarding” Birthday Party Ideas"

  1. Melanie says:

    That skateboard cake is suh-WEET. I’ll bet my (SoCal, did you guess?) boys would love a party like this. :) We even have a bunch of local skate parks.

  2. Jude says:


    You have out-Martha-ed Martha!

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