The economy is making it hard for a lot of people right now but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style and fun when it comes to throwing birthday parties. If you’re tasked with throwing a birthday party for a loved one, these tips will help keep costs down, while still allowing you to create an event no one will forget:
Be Creative with the Party Theme
Why not try an unusual theme that can be implemented without breaking the bank for your guests or you? If you’re giving a kids party, you can ask all the guests to bring affordable presents suitable to give to a regional animal rescue organization or family homeless shelter. If you call the organization’s manager, you can compile a list of low-cost items that can be included with the invitations you send to your guests. Instruct them to wrap the items as if they were regular birthday gifts and then the entire party can meet at the organization to deliver them. Doing this would be a meaningful experience for everyone and would also teach the children the true concept of giving.
For adults, you can help your guests save money by having a recycling/re-gifting party. Most people have at least one gift in their closets that they’ve been given but don’t want, so why not have them wrap them up and give them again? Make sure to let them know who is coming to the party though, so people don’t bring gifts they got from someone who’ll be at the party! If you don’t want to risk hurt feelings, this idea also works well for items that people have bought new on impulse but never used. The recycled items should be limited to a dollar amount that’s appropriate for the group, so people at all income levels can participate.
Make Your Own Birthday Party Decorations and Invitations
The Web has a great assortment of printable invitations. So why spend a lot of money on store-bought invitations when you can print them at home for just the cost of card stock and ink? There are also plenty of birthday scrapbook clipart options online, which make ideal party decorations. If you can find high resolution art, you can make your own banners and signs for the party. If you can’t find the right kind of art, you have the option of decorating flower arrangements or plants with clip art cut-outs or making table place cards. If the guest of honor likes antique art, you can print a selection of vintage birthday cards and tie them with fancy ribbons to a string that forms a garland. This is an easy way to get a vintage feel and make the party more festive! To enhance the shabby chic, vintage theme, you can get mix-and-match used plates and silverware at a thrift store instead of buying paper plates and plastic knives, forks and spoons.
The key to creating a memorable birthday party is to be creative. If you infuse style into your party plans, no one will ever know you did it on the cheap!