Tips on Creating a Budget Friendly Event Without Cutting the Guest List & Party Details
It’s rainy and miserable outside, but love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is often referred to as a frivolous holiday, largely due to its overly hyped up commercialism and overindulgence . But, even with its cheap candy, cheesy cards and its ability to leave a little less money in your wallet, people still tend to show some extra love that day, and to me it makes it all worth it. Plus, it gives me the opportunity to have an awesome kid’s party! Yes!
Every year I see the most adorable decorations, and every year I think to myself, this is the year I’ll throw that party. But planning this kid’s party as a “budget friendly event” seemed like a daunting task. But guess what?! It wasn’t, and now I have done it! Invitations are made, local venue booked and my hoarding of decorations has begun. Now onto the actual planning.
I wanted somewhere really inviting and bright. As well as somewhere that could fit the budget friendly event scenario and hold a ton of kids, because it seems that my friends won’t stop having babies! (I guess love really is in the air lol) I came across the Highstreet Community Room a couple months back when I went to the most adorable monochrome kitty cat birthday hosted by Codi Lynn of Creative Wife Joyful Worker (gotta check her out, she’s awesome). Not only is it accommodating for lots of kids to run around, but they provide tables, chairs, and a nice seating area. And all the large bright windows give it extra points. And did I mention it’s FREE?! Perfect for a budget friendly event.
For this Valentine’s Day kid’s party the goal was to keep it a budget friendly event while still keeping the guest list pretty sizable. It’s the first official party for GOLDNgrasses so we wanted to make sure all our beloved friends were included. So how do you manage to throw an amazing kid’s party while keeping your budget? Im glad you asked! Its a lot of recycling, planning and researching.
My Budget Friendly Event Tips
Write out your budget, I know this sounds boring but it will save a lot of time and cash in your wallet. I always give myself a space for extra costs in case I think of something down the road or something cost a little extra than I thought.
Whats the most important part of your party? Food? Decor? Favors? Venue? Make sure thats where you put your cash, you’ll end up being much happier with the result.
Recycle! I can’t stress this enough. If I know I”ll be able to use something for another party, lets say tablecloths, or a unique center piece, I try and buy those at a higher quality and in a color that know I’ll reuse like: gold, white, silver… you get the idea.
Sometimes I’ll even try and fit the theme to a piece of decor I already have in my house. Ex: For my sons second birthday I did an airplane theme so I could reuse some of the decor in his big boy room. This time I had some lovely pastel ombre plates and napkins left over from my sons ice-cream birthday this past summer. So instead of doing a traditional red Valentine’s Day theme, I created a pastel My Sweet Valentine Social, inspired by the little heart candies that are so popular. That way I save money by not purchasing the dinnerware and napkins. Another way I recycled for this kid’s party was by using the gold table cloths I purchased for my mother in-laws 60th birthday. This will be my third time using them!
Dollar Store! Dont be afraid to pop your head in, you would be surprised at what treasures you can find in there. Last year they had some incredible metallic heart balloons. Im hoping I can snap up a few for this party.
Lastly, DIY. Research and plan what you can do yourself. I almost always make my own invitations and printables for my events. What food can you do yourself? Do you have a hidden baking skill? Im lucky enough that my sister can make some awesome cakes, so she has been my go to girl.
Honestly, I could go on and on about all the little tips and tricks Iv’e learned over the past few years, but my littlest is starting to need my attending to. All you mamas can relate. 🙂 So I’ll leave you with one more peak into our My Sweet Valentine’s Social. you might also like: Elmo Fiesta: Pinterest Reality Check
Budget Friendly Event Tips: Easy and Inexpensive Party Favors for a Valentine Social
For the favors, I wanted to do something locally inspired and unique. So I went to my Instragram for some inspiration. Peekabloom Baby had just announced the arrival of some oh so precious heart hair clips. I thought, perfect! It’s different, it’s local, and reusable for the guests. But what about all the boys that will be attending? I was already going to order the XOXO sprinkle mix from Dainty Sprinkle Co. and I remembered that they started packaging them in little take home party favors. Perfect for a kid’s party! The boys will love making something at home, or they will be a tasty treat. Because little boys, have a sneaky way of getting into things. 😉
Looking for an extra special Valentine’s Day gift? You might like: As Time Goes On
Only the Beginning
I can’t wait to share the full details of this kid’s party! If you want more info on the local companies I’ve mentioned above, don’t hesitate to visit my Let’s Chat page. Or if you want to collaborate on a future event I’d love to share some ideas!