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Mine vs. Theirs: Party in a Jar

Can you believe its been almost a month already!?
Through my hours on Pinterest, I have pinned many ideas that I have seen in stores or online.

Many that I think I can make at home.

One of the goals of my blog is to share with you that it is possible to make store bought items inexpensively.
This week was my friends birthday, and I thought it would be fun to make her this Party in a Jar set that I saw on Ruche found here.
Alas! A new segment is born: Mine vs. Theirs!
In this feature, I will show you how to make the things that you see in stores cheaper…and better!
Today: Party in a Jar
What you’ll need:
Mason Jar (set of 12 for $18 at Walmart)
Balloons (dollar store – bag of 20)
Candles (dollar store – set of 12)
Noise Makers (dollar store – set of 12)
Tissue Paper (dollar store)
I originally was going to make my own confetti from tissue paper, however I had some problems with the tissue paper I bought, so I had to change it up. I made confetti from the scraps of my scrapbooking paper stash.
 After assembling all the “ingredients,” the final step was making a tag!
All together, my “Party” includes: a balloon, noise maker, candle, and confetti. You can pick and choose what you want to include in your jar. I didn’t want to add a hat because most of my friends get too embarrassed to wear them! Instead, I included a candle, that way, when you are at a restaurant you can turn any dessert into a birthday dessert!
On the Ruche website, you can purchase their Party in a Jar for $24.99 plus S&H. I bought enough items to make 12 Party Jars for around $23. 
I have an entire Pinterest board with things to make from stores, and I’ve already done a few I can’t wait to share!
Sorry for the late post (again). I can’t believe I’ll be celebrating one month of my blog this week!
I have been updating some features on the site, so bear with me while I am “under construction.”
I hope everyone has a great week!
Talk soon,
Jen