Kid Birthday Parties, Part 2
As I talked about in my post last week, which you can read here, we had a big party for Finn’s first birthday however that just wasn’t going to work for us to do for every birthday, every year. That is why I have come up with a few cost saving tips that helps us get the most out of our party supplies year after year.
Tip #1: Choose a color scheme/theme that is easily adaptable.
For Finn’s first birthday 3 years ago I went with black and white, adding in some burlap and chalkboard touches with color pops of navy. Black and white has been so popular for years and honestly I don’t see it going anywhere. You can find super cute black and white party decor at places like Target, Michaels and Hobby Lobby. The chalkboard and burlap is also still very popular and readily available. I always take a walk through the dollar spot at Target and can usually find the little metal buckets which are perfect for silverware, straws, etc. You can usually find a cute $3 cake stand or like I used in the picture these galvanized buckets stacked on top of each other! Michaels and Hobby Lobby also have great party supplies.
For Oliver’s party this past weekend I wanted to add bright pops of primary colors with the basic black and white decor. I love the basic of black and white because you can really add any color with it and it will look great!
Here are some items from the Spritz collection at Target that work great for a party supplies base:
- Black and white garland
- Black Bucket: Perfect for silverware, straws, etc.
- Wood Garland: you could use stick on letters or stencils to create custom banners.
- Black Placecards: Perfect for labeling food.
- Burlap Banner
- Chalkboard Paper: Perfect to make placemats or table runners.
- DIY Color Yourself Tablecloth: This is adorable for a kids birthday party!
- Black and White Straws
- Chalkboard Banner
Tip #2: Add in 1-2 fun elements to make each party different and unique
I do try to make every party special by adding 1-2 new elements every birthday. This helps make every party feel unique without breaking the bank and buying a whole new set of party decor for every party. Having little boys one of the unique elements always seems to be balloons. The boys go crazy for balloons and I think they make every party feel more festive. We usually get our balloons from Party America however a new local shop opened up right by our house called Mingle. Mingle does the most amazing balloons garlands and balloon set ups so I knew I wanted to try them out. They sure didn’t disappoint. The boys and I went in and selected the colors we wanted from their huge selection. Then I spoke with the shop owner and told her what I was envisioning. She created the most adorable balloon “table runner” and of course we had to have a number 1 balloon. If you live locally to 30a go check out Mingle for your next party. The other new items that we purchased for this party were the party blowers from the Dollar Tree (that was big brother’s choice) and the colorful party hats which were from Target.
Tip #3: Get your additional supplies at the dollar store
If I need any additional supplies for my parties I always head to the dollar store. They have an excellent assortment of basic colored plates, napkins, table cloths, etc. I like to buy 1-2 patterned plates or napkins from Target and then buy the rest of the plates, napkins, etc from the Dollar Tree. That helps you save money but still have a fun pattern or color for some variation.
Tip #4: Use decorative wrapping paper for table runners and placemats.
For Finn’s first birthday 3 years ago I did use a chalkboard table runner and it was so fun to have the party guests write messages to Finn. You can see it here. For this party I actually ended up using 2 pieces of gift wrap from Mingle, which I cut into placemats and runners. This added another fun element with the polka dots and tied in the gold from the #1 balloon. I also didn’t have to worry about them getting messy because they were going to get tossed after the party anyways!
I did do another month by month picture display which I always think is so fun to look at! All I did was mount the pictures onto black construction paper and then used cork clothes pins to attach them to a black and white banner that I got a few years ago from Target. The garland above the pictures was something I made years ago. The star and heart pieces were from Michaels along with the black and white string.
In the end the decorations don’t really matter all that matters is that the birthday boy played with his family and friends and scarfed down cake. 🙂