Hi everyone! I’m so glad you liked my Hop Into Spring Party on a Budget! That was honestly one of my favorite parties and it only cost $75. What’s better than that!?
I followed 4 major rules while planning this party in order to stick to a tight budget. I would love nothing more than to share these money saving tips with you. Here they are:
Budget Tip #1: create a candy/dessert buffet that doubles as a craft table.
By doing this, you save big money! Candy buffets are typically designed to take up an entire table, forcing you to buy more to fill the space. It also forces you to create a separate table for eating and crafts. I used my treats as center pieces for this table, which left plenty of room for each kid to have a place setting to eat and craft. This also eliminates the need for a backdrop, which can also get pricy.
I put the larger display pieces at the ends of the table so the kids could easily see and interact with each other. If you have your heart set on a backdrop you could always use 3-4 giant balloons on a string. Attach each string to the center of the table, leaving an equal distance between them and setting the balloons a few feet above eye level. That way they won’t get in the way of any snacking or crafting, yet it still creates a great visual that ties the whole table together.
Budget Tip #2: only purchase items that you like.
Sometimes when you go into the store with specific ideas in mind, you end up purchasing items because you feel you have to make them fit, not because you actually like them. It becomes much harder to get creative ideas from things you don’t actually like.
My store of choice was The Dollar Tree and the bunny chair covers were the first things I saw and fell in love with. I threw a bunch in my cart and worked the rest of my purchases around them, and before I knew it my theme was born! I began searching for items that either had bunnies on them or had something to do with bunnies. I worked the carrots into the theme and then I had my color scheme! From then on, I only bought treats that were either pink, white, orange or green.
Budget Tip #3: stick to a strict and basic color scheme.
For me, sticking to a strict and minimal color scheme helps me stay within my budget. It’s so much easier to find things that match just a few basic colors. If I try to look for items to match a wide array of unique colors, I get discouraged by the lack of availability and end up purchasing things out of my budget simply because they matched.
Budget Tip #4: work your theme around the nearest holiday.
Chances are your son or daughters birthday falls close to a major holiday…and Discount stores love major holidays! They also advertise their holiday collections early, which gives you a time advantage. Also, you don’t have to make the actual holiday part of the theme; your just using the holiday colors and props to guide your own theme. Notice I didn’t use anything that actually had the word “easter” on it? I didn’t want an Easter party so I was careful not to pick items that mentioned the holiday name. By avoiding that, I was able to create a Bunnies & Carrots Theme that represented the Spring Season rather than the Easter Holiday.
Here’s a good example: If your childs birthday is at the end of June or the beginning of July, you could throw a Stars & Stripes themed party using red, white and blue as your colors with lots of stars and fireworks in your visuals. Those items will be readily available at that time of year so you won’t have to look far or spend too much. You could stuff little favor bags with boxes of firecrackers and sparklers and the kids could each make their own American flags at the craft table. You could serve strawberry jello cups topped with whipped cream and blueberries and attach mini American flags to each plastic spoon. You could even plan the party around a local parade which will really get everyone in the spirit to party!
Use these tips on your next party on a budget for a smooth and easy planning process. I would love to see my tips in action so if they have helped you plan your next party be sure to send me the photos so I can feature them here! Good luck party peeps!