Throwing birthday parties is one of my very favorite things to do! Having the chance to make one day completely centered around the birthday girl is an opportunity I can’t say no to! Not to mention all the amazing unicorn birthday party ideas on a budget I wanted to share with you guys!
But you know me, being the frugal fabulous lady I am, I have to set a low budget to give myself a challenge!
Isn’t it such a disappointment when your budget holds you back from doing fun things with your friends and family? Have you ever hesitated inviting your friends or family to stay at your house because there wasn’t any room in your budget to feed the extra mouths?
Well, there really isn’t any reason that this should happen! After you read these five tips for feeding friends frugally you won’t ever pause again when inviting guests over!
Here is the challenge, put together 12 centerpieces, all for under $20. At first thought it might sound completely doable, but if you have ever thrown a party before, you know that those party expenses can add up super quick!
If you do the math, that makes each centerpiece $1.67, now does this sound a little more of a challenge? Don’t let that discourage you! I am going to show you the very best strategies for throwing a party on a budget!
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When birthday season for our family comes around, every year I say to myself, “This year we are going to do a small family pizza dinner with cake and that’s it!” But as the big day approaches and the excitement builds, I can’t help myself and the party planning begins!
Have you realized how much fun little boys are? Noise with dirt on it, is a very accurate description of our little guys and oh how much I love them!
Which is why it was so appropriate that we went with a dump truck construction zone birthday party theme!
Have you ever seen those beautiful pieces of large wall art or large photos hanging in every single gorgeous Pinterest home? Do you want to know how to get that exact same look in your home but for a fraction of what the high priced designers pay?
I thought you would! That’s why we are such great friends!
Using engineer prints is the perfect way to decorate your home or to make a major statement at your next party!
How much money did you spend on your last party? Do you even know? Womp womp womp… My guess is that if you totaled up every single receipt from your party it would be over $100, easily! Come take a tour with me through my daughter’s 5 year old tribal princess party to find out tips on how to throw your next party on a budget.
Isn’t the New Year so inspiring and motivating? There is something special about the beginning of a New Year and all the possibilities of change and improvement!
Have you set any goals for the New Year? Let me know in the comments bellow! Sharing goals makes them a little more real and keeps you a little more accountable. I personally love hearing other people’s goals because their goals motivate me to do better!
Are you feeling like this is the year you want to live frugal AND fabulous?!
If you focus on these three frugal tips for throwing your last minute party there will be no need to splurge!
Start by looking through your local grocery and superstore weekly ads. Base your menu off what is on sale! You won’t need too much creativity to spark your thoughts on what to make for your menu. If you are looking for super easy, there are usually good deals on frozen appetizer or pizzas, especially around the holidays. If you are going for more of a homemade taste, then you will probably be narrowing your search to the baking and produce sections of the store. Make a grocery list of items you need then do a simple search for coupons on a site like thekrazycouponlady.com to stack even more savings!
When deciding what time to have your party make sure to take into consideration how much food your budget is going to allow. If your budget is closer to the penny side then you might want to have a party planned avoiding meal times and think about serving more of an appetizer or snack type menu. If your budget leans closer to the dollar then you have more options to serve a full meal or entrée.
Homemade is usually going to be your cheapest option when it comes to feeding a crowd. Whether snacks or entrees you can find a quick and easy recipe for just about anything tasty. It might take a little more prep time over popping something frozen in the oven but you will feel better about sticking to your budget and lets face it, homemade always tastes better than frozen.
Paper! When going frugal décor, paper is always your best friend. I usually snatch up one or two pads of scrapbook paper when I see it on sale at Joanns. The different types of decorations you can make with paper are really endless, especially if you have a cutter like a Cricut! Do a quick Pinterest search of something along the lines of “diy paper décor” and you are sure to find something to help paint that image you have for your party.
You can never go wrong with a banner. Different fonts, shapes, styles, and colors, when you combine your favorites together, your banner will always be a cute centerpiece for your special occasion.
Don’t forget about photo booth props! Super easy to make. Do a Google Image search of different objects to match your décor and theme, print, cut, and glue to any simple stick (seriously, even a stick from a tree could be cute!) and you have your props ready to go! Not only does a photo booth add to the décor but also adds a fun opportunity for your guests to take a selfie and remember your fabulous party!
Entertainment for you party does not need to be expensive or time consuming to plan! Less can be more in this case! Stick to the basics! Pull together a few group board games or interactive games like Catch Phrase, Pictionary, or Charades. Everyone loves a good Minute to Win it game! Any of these options is sure to entertain and get everyone laughing!
It doesn’t take much prep or mu-la to put together a frugal fabulous party, have fun! Send me pictures of your parties on Facebook, I really want to see!