When you browse the aisles of the party supply store, you’ll find all sorts of themed decorations for birthday parties. But all of that gear adds up quickly. Before you know it, you’ve spend $100 on paper decorations you’ll just throw away after the party. And most likely, the kids won’t really notice the decorations that much anyway. Keep the party budget on track with these inexpensive decorating ideas.
Balloons, Balloons, Balloons
Kids love balloons. Even elementary-aged kids get a kick out of batting around balloons. The best part? Balloons are cheap. Stick with the latex balloons instead of the decorative mylar balloons that can be quite expensive. Have the latex balloons filled with helium for floating decorations. You can also blow them up yourself you don’t need them to float.
You can also make the balloons into custom decorations. For example, if you’re having an alien-themed party, use a black marker to draw alien eyes on green balloons. If you’re having a ladybug party, stick black circles onto red balloons.
Crepe paper streamers also work well for inexpensive party decorations. Drape and twist them along banisters, tables and other surfaces in the party area. You can also make a backdrop with streamers. Tape the streamers in a close row along the ceiling and let them hang down to the floor. You can twist them or leave them straight. The same idea works with pieces of tulle, which is also relatively inexpensive.
Pick and Choose
Just because you’re trying to save money doesn’t mean you have to skip all of the themed decorations at the party store. Pick a few key decorative pieces with the theme. For example, you might buy a princess banner and centerpiece. Those decorations become the focal point of the party. You can then use other plain decorations to fill in. For example, pick up a cheap pink tablecloth at the dollar store to cover the table. Or buy plain plates from the dollar store instead of the themed printed plates. Since most of the items are inexpensive and generic, you save money, but you still have some themed pieces.
You don’t have to be an artist to make decorations for your child’s party. You might be surprised what you can whip up with a few basic supplies. The specific theme of the party gives you some ideas of what to make. For a Candyland party, cut squares of different colors to make paths on the floor like the game board. For a princess party, paint an appliance box to look like a castle. Poster board and paint are all you need to make cutout pictures to fit any theme.