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!
Every mom who has daughters has learned that a girl’s birthday party is quite different than one given for a boy. Naturally, every girl is different (and we don’t want to be accused of stereotyping here), but generally little girls love pink and all things girly, and older girls like big-girl versions of the same things.
The majority of young girls love Disney or other well-known female cartoon characters, such as Barbie or Jasmine from Aladdin. But if your daughter is the type who thinks for herself, you can design a theme just for her. To do this, look for printable party invitations you find on the Web and develop the theme from there. That’s a really great place to begin, because the party’s invitation is the first connection your little girl’s party guests will have with the party. And there are a huge number of printable invitations available, so it’s a great way to find a theme.
As one example of how this will help with planning a theme, pink princess birthday party invtiations can provide a lot of inspiration for fun parties for young girls. Decorations and partyware for the princess theme is available almost anywhere, and there’s a plethora of free video lessons online for making creative and beautiful princess-theme cakes. The Amazon marketplace also has a large selection of tiaras, crowns, scepters and other favors, which will help flesh out the party theme. There are also plenty of other themes that can be implemented, too, besides “princess”. If you keep in mind what interests your little girl most and search accordingly, your research and creativity will take you the rest of the way.
For young ladies who are a little older, there are an unbelievable number of popular free girl party invitations you can use as inspiration for a party theme. Like with a princess party, you’ll find a lot of terrific resources on the Web. Once you’ve picked a theme, do a search for it in quotes on the Web and on YouTube. (For example, “1970s party theme.”) That should produce a long list of ideas from which to choose. YouTube alone has a wealth of ideas and tutorials for party favors and decorations you can make yourself, party cakes and even music. And an Amazon.com site search will show you virtually any product related to that theme. You don’t necessarily have to buy from Amazon, but you’re guaranteed to get plenty of ideas.
The bottom line is that beginning your research with the party invitations and working backward from there is an efficient way to plan a party. It will focus you on the party theme and make planning easier!