Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Frugal Kids Party Tips- Part 1

Last fall, my MOPS group asked me to speak about tips to throwing a budget birthday. Here is a compiled list of ideas I have received from friends along with my personal tips. If you have any tried and true money saving tips to plan a party, send them my way! Happy planning!

My first tip is to plan ahead!
The only reason I say this is so that you aren’t overwhelmed and you are able to start buying supplies slowly and when they are on sale. If you wait until the last few days, you risk having to pay full price and don’t have time to look around for alternatives at different stores. I love to hit the sales after a holiday. When I was building my costume supply for my princess and disco diva parties for the company, I hit Target right after Halloween. They marked all the costumes and supplies to 80% off! Suprisingly, I shopped at the right time because they still had good costumes left. I bought $20 costumes for $4 each. Last year, I hit a little late, but the costumes were marked 90% off, so I got one costume for $2.50!
I also just bought little crayon packs from Wal-Mart for $1 for 20 pieces and Hannah Montana candy bracelets for 75 cents a bag. You can get candy and toy fillers for a Pinata in the Halloween or Easter clearance that will save you up to 50-75%!
I love to hit the dollar spot at Target or the Dollar tree and put it away for later. Don’t expect it to be there when you need it because it won’t be there! If you are having a princess or fairy party, buy a tiara or a set of fairy wings for each party guest from the dollar store. They can use it at the party for a costume and then take it home as a wonderful party favor. Robyn Bomar from Mix, Mingle, and Glow shows us ideas on how to use items from Target's dollar spot for a party!

Location, Location, Location!

Use your house, pick a park, or use someone’s backyard so you don’t have to pay extra for the venue. Many parks have pavilions that are free to use- contact your local park system. Also, many people have clubhouses that are free to use as a homeowner. This is great because you don’t have 10 birthday kids and their parents messing up your house.

First Impressions: The Invitations

Make you own or have the birthday child help decorate them. Photo invitations are also an option. 4x6 pictures are only 15-19cents to print! At Snapfish, the 5x7 prints are only $1 each when you ship them to your nearest Walgreens- you can pick them up after only one hour! However, if you give yourself a couple of days, Wal-Mart will do free in store shipping for their 5x7 prints and they only cost 58 cents a piece!!
Consider This is totally free and you also might get a better RSVP response.
Coming soon.... frugal tips on decorations, favors, food, and party activities.

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