This, of course, sounds like a funny topic for me to write about given that I have recently posted about having a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese for our boys that had 23 guests. That being said, even though Molly’s birthday is about to roll around again, here are some party tips from last year that helped her to have a fun party and didn’t leave me crying (like that 23 guest party).
This photo shows several of the ways that we went less expensive with Molly’s party. She loved the idea of each girl having her very own tea cup to not only use during the party, but to take home as a party favor. We purchased all of the tea cups at Goodwill. I didn’t buy any tea cup that cost more than $1.00 (most were less). Each young lady picked out her tea cup from all of the choices when she arrived.
We also used plain pink napkins and plates, rather than character laden ones. I also made a batch of sherbet punch, which we called “Princess Punch.”
In the background, you can see a card table set up. I bought some bottles of nail polish and some face paints, and then I paid the older sisters of one of our party guests each $10 to do their girls’ nails, as well as to give them face tattoos. (Each party guest was able to have time to go to this table and pick what she wanted to have done.) As an extra bonus, the big girls (at that time, they were in 4th and 6th grade) also helped throughout the party.
Rather than buy a decorated cake, I made cupcakes and colored the frosting to be more princessy. I did, however, purchase some cupcake picks, to make them more festive. (This could have easily been skipped though.)
The girls were all told to either wear their favorite princess dresses or costumes, or they could dig through our dress up box to get dressed up. (We also had some girls that didn’t want to dress up, and that wasn’t a big deal at all. We were pretty flexible.)
The girls all had some time just to play, which they really enjoyed.
When the girls weren’t busy playing or getting made up, they decorated crowns that we had cut out of poster board. I bought one extra package of self-adhesive foam shapes, and otherwise just put out craft supplies that we already had here at home. The girls loved to create their own unique crowns.
Molly and all of her guests had a wonderful time, and I didn’t spend more than $20 – $30 on the whole party. If I had really wanted to, I could have cut out a few of the costs and definitely got it in under $20.
What are some of your favorite cost effective birthday party tips?
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