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.
First off, did you catch how much we spent total on this cute and fun tribal princess party? The grand total, which covers the food, games/crafts, and decorations, comes in just under $50! This is how we made it work.
Tribal Princess Party Tour
The Planning Stage
Your party budget first off needs to take into consideration how many you plan to accommodate. For our little girl’s birthday party we planned for 10 little girls and 15 adults.
The second thing to think about is if you plan to serve a meal, snacks, or just dessert at your party. If your plan is to serve a meal then you are going to need to allow a larger portion of your party budget to go towards food.
Don’t start heading off to the store quiet yet. The first stop when decorating for a party should be your own home. Use items from your home and even your yard before you start making your shopping list.
For our tribal princess party I used these wooden utensils leftover from my brothers wedding. I also found these cute straws from my ever growing straw stash. I am quickly becoming a straw hoarder. Yikes!
This wooden serving tray that I found last year at a thrift store fit perfectly into the “nature” element of the party.
Be cautious when you shop party supplies at the dollar store. They do have a tremendous amount of party supplies that are actually super cute and worth every penny. But be aware that there are also a lot of items that you could find cheaper somewhere else.
Instead of using a traditional tablecloth I used a roll of craft paper found at the Dollar Tree to wrap the table and also as a table runner on our counter where I served the food.
The cups and paper plates where also items I purchased from the dollar store. I was so surprised to find these pretty square shapes and had to grab them. 12 plates for $1 was a really great deal!
Paper is your best friend when decorating on a budget! I was able to cut little arrowheads to sprinkle over the table from paper. Also, I cut little doilies out of paper with my Cricut (you can also find these at the dollar store) and glued on some strips of ribbon to create these pretty dream catchers.
Take advantage of any free printables that you can when decorating! I’ll be creating a tutorial soon on how you can easily design your own customized printables, but here are the printables I created for this tribal princess party. You are more than welcome to use these at your tribal princess party!
In the midst of all the craziness I forgot to use these labels. Such a bummer because they would have added so much color to our food table. But here they are for you to use at your next party!
These frames from IKEA are absolutely perfect for adding height to your table, all while displaying beautiful word art or pictures. They are only $1 each!
Party Food on a Budget
Feeding a lot of people on a small budget can be a tough challenge to take on. When about 25% of your party budget will most likely be going to decorations, over 50% will be going to your food.
The secret to feeding a crowd for a little amount of money is to make the food yourself. Follow these tips so you don’t end up feeling overwhelmed and in the kitchen for your entire party.
- Make as much food as you can the day before.
- If serving a meal, think of foods that can feed a lot of people but be made for cheap. Meals where meat is the side show and not the main event are perfect for this!
- Homemade pizza (make the dough, top, wrap, and put in fridge day before)
- Taco bar
- Salad bar
- Hot dog station
- Even your baked goods should be made at home to help you save money. From scratch or even a $1 box of cake mix will go just as far as one dozen cupcakes bought at the store for over $10!
When planning my kid’s birthday parties I like to do crafts more than I do games. Two reasons, my kids seem to have more fun with a craft or activity and the second reason being the craft can double as a thank you gift for our guests!
For this tribal princess party the girls made tribal princess headbands. This activity needed help from an adult but the girls really had so much fun!
We had the girls each line up how they wanted their feathers and gems. Then my mom or I helped hot glue the feathers on one side of a small strip of felt and the gems on the other. Once that dried, we glued the felt onto a headband. Super simple!
Don’t forget to use a coupon when buying craft supplies! I usually end up shopping at Joanns or Michaels and I never pay full price!
The second activity the girls did was make tribal princess necklaces. I found the perfect fo-leather strings at the dollar spot at Target. Seriously! Aren’t they just perfect for this party?
Then I pulled out some old beads we had lying in our craft closet. Literally, they have been in there for years! Then let the girls start picking out which beads they loved and stringing them together.
These sweet girls (brother wasn’t quiet so in to it) were so excited about the necklaces they made all by themselves!
With a little bit of planning you can throw the perfect tribal princess party (or any party really) on any bu
dget!Plan ahead, shop the sales, and your budget won’t stand in your way of creating a party that everyone can’t stop talking about!
Question for you: How did you like this party reveal? Do you want to see more parties done on a budget? Let me know in the comments below!
Talk to you guys later! xoxo