SIX Frugal Birthday Party Tips
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Throwing a creative and unique birthday party for your kiddos doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money. Here are some easy strategies and tips you can adapt to fit your party’s theme to make party planning fun and inexpensive. These are a few examples from an Olivia the Pig themed party that I threw for my daughter when she turned five. Olivia was her favorite book character!
Tip #1: Wrap empty boxes with coordinating gift wrap and then stack them for an easy cupcake stand. Add duct tape or ribbon for further embellishment if you’d like.
Tip #2: Use dollar store table clothes and wrapping paper as a party table backdrop. I used three red table cloths, coordinating wrapping paper, and tape to create this fun red curtain. I printed out some other themed images and taped to wrapping paper. The larger poster was printed at an office supply store.
Tip #3 Create a festive DIY Photo booth using a wrapping paper background and a large thrift store picture frame. Go around the house collecting funny glasses, hats, tiaras, masks, scarves etc for photo props. The dollar store is also a great resource for inexpensive photo props. We made some simple pig noses to go with our theme from craft foam before the party. The kids had so much fun with this activity!
Tip #4: Make your own fancy looking bakery style cupcakes at home using no fade cupcake liners like these Wilton brand ones and/or order themed cupcake toppers like these from Amazon.
Tip #5: Make your own party invitations using free photo editing sites like picmonkey.com. Also consider using evite.com, a free online invitation website if you have email addresses for parents.
Tip #6: Make sure to use online and printable coupons for party supplies at stores like Party City, Michael’s Crafts, and Joann’s. If I know a theme or party colors ahead of time, then I’ll start collecting items as they go on clearance throughout the year.