Dr. Suess Themed Birthday on a Budget: Tips and Pictures from a Hip2Save Reader
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Guest Post by Hip2Save Reader, Callie – How to Host a Theme Birthday Party on a Budget
I thought I would share how I spent less than $60 on my son’s first birthday party! I love planning and crafting, but not spending, so I decided to plan early (most ideas were found on Pinterest) and hunt sales posted on Hip2Save! So, thank you for all of your help! The theme was Dr. Seuss and a huge hit!
I shopped Michael’s clearance advertised on Hip2Save and used the weekly 40-50% off items to purchase Dr. Seuss items in the back to school section. I was able to buy Cat in the Hat cutouts, various Seuss border trims, posters, and a wreath for my balloons for less than $10! These items served as food labels too! I bought the banner you advertised for around $8…but left off a birthday number so we could reuse it every year! I also bought Blue and red Paper plates, cups, balloons, table cloths, silverware after Memorial Day and 4th of July clearance! Finally, I used books, stuffed animals, and frames I already had to add to the theme! Spent about $23 total!
I loved when Hip2Save would note the Target dollar spot clearance! I bought Seuss Lorax themed mini notebooks, pencils, bracelets, stickers, dry erase boards, and blue stared baskets for $0.10 each! I used the stickers on mini bottles of dollar store bubbles too! I also used the Wrapp Office Depot free gift cards to get Cat in the Hat pencils for free! I then bought the holiday clearance candy and snacks…like individually wrapped Goldfish on 70% clearance. Spent a total of $8 for 14 goodie bags!
I love a theme and tried to be creative! Some highlights: I used 70% off Easter Goldfish for “One Fish, Two Fish,” $1/2 pasta coupon to make “oodles of noodles,” 70-90% off cake mix and frosting to make “thing , thing 2” and “Lorax” tree cupcakes, couponed at Walgreens to get free cheesy chex mix (Lorax chex mix), free Chocolate Rock energy mix (yertle turtle mix), and free caprisons (pink ink drink). Other snacks were all purchased on holiday clearance or at least 1/2 off with coupons! We paid sale price for hamburger meat….and ended up paying a total of less than $25 for all the food and drinks!
I had so much fun that I am already couponing to the next birthday party! Even if a theme hasn’t been decided, I have found that sticking to basic colors, like red and blue for boy themes, and stocking up on clearance dessert mixes and candy are always a safe bet!
Also….I spent less than $25 on gifts thanks to target toy clearance and the Fisher Price deals posted throughout the year! Thanks again for all of your help! Click here for even more pictures.