Thrifty Party Planning

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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We did it! For my daughter’s 6th birthday, we held her first real birthday party. I had been concerned about the limited space in our little house and about the costs of such an affair, since we (essentially) live on a teacher’s salary. But, I had it all planned out. We would have the party at a local playground, which would relieve the space issue and make things a whole lot easier on me.

Only one problem. The forecast predicted rain. So, we had to make it work in our little house.

There were several things that helped us keep the party within budget, fun, and even special.

1. We used what we already had. I thought about making a new cupcake recipe (and actually experimented with a few) but decided we have a recipe we like with ingredients we already have. And, that’s what we did.

As a matter of fact, I saw a really cute picture of a way to turn cupcakes into a cute princess dress cake. Even then, I thought about making a couple of purchases to make our cupcake “cake” just like that one, but I didn’t. I keep telling myself, “Use what you have!”

2. Keep it simple. I didn’t know if anyone played “Pin The Tail On The Donkey” anymore. But, since I couldn’t find a cuter, girly version of the game, we went with it. It ended up being quite a highlight for some of the children, who had never played it before!

3. Less is, sometimes, more. We limited our invitations to just a few very close friends. There was plenty of food for everyone, and lots of leftovers besides. And, both the children and the adults seemed to have a nice time together. It actually didn’t rain, after all. So, sitting out in our small backyard made for simple nerf gun war games for the boys and relaxing conversation for the parents, all while the girls enjoyed playing dress up in my daughter’s room. (The girls came out quite often, though, to show off their latest outfits. 😉 )

How do you keep your parties simple?


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