One of my favorite things in life is party planning, and today I can’t wait to share some tips for planning children’s parties on a budget!
Here are a few steps to help you plan a beautiful party without breaking the bank …
A Butterfly Breakfast
Location. I know that these days most people do not have their child’s birthday party at home, but this is hands down, the best way to save money. In our area, most birthday party places start at over $250 per dozen children and that does not include food, cake, or party favors. If the idea of having your kiddos and all of their buddies inside your home gives you the chills, do it in your backyard, garage, or at your local playground.
A Minnie Mouse Birthday
Decorations. This is my favorite part! So I don’t get overwhelmed (or overspend), I usually break decorating for the party into three spaces: the entrance, a main table, and the children’s table for seating.
Having a welcoming entrance gets your guests in the mood to party! You could make a sign for the front door, hang balloons on the mailbox, or a customized display like the one you see above. The children’s parents will know they are in the right place and the kids will be so excited about the party!
The main table is where I spend the most of my decorating dollars and attention. It really is quite simple… put a tablecloth over the table, set up a cute display with your cake and goodies, hang something over the table, or use something that has height to anchor the space. For my daughter’s 7th birthday, I simply wrapped boxes in black wrapping paper for a super cheap display!
Party Perfect Tissue Poms
If you have ever met me, you would know that I love tissue poms! They are so big and vibrant and are a cheap addition to make your party decor really pop. If you consider that it only costs $1 per pom, it is cheaper to have those than a helium balloon, plus you don’t have to pick it up the morning of the party! For a tutorial on how to make various poms, click here!
A Minnie Mouse Birthday
The table where the children will sit is the final part of the decor equation. To save some money here, I will usually incorporate either the craft or activity at each little one’s place. They just love having something special and fun that is all their own at their seat!
Printables. The final tip for planning parties on a budget is the use of printables. I love hopping on ETSY to see what beautiful collections are out there for parties. One of my favorite shops is, Amanda’s Parties To Go. For one low price you can purchase a customized pdf for invitations, cupcake topper and wrappers, party favor tags, and so much more. You simply print it off at your local office supply store and you have a beautifully coordinated party. Aside from the printables themselves being very affordable, you can really save on your cupcakes and party favors too. Simply putting a cute tag on candy, or a dollar section toy can make it look so cute. In the same sense, I can buy solid colored cupcakes from my local superstore and put a cupcake wrapper around them with a cute pick and pay considerably less than a decorated cake. The same goes for invitations!
Amy, thanks so much for having me today and I hope you are enjoying your time with your sweet baby!
~Trish and Bonnie~
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