A Frugal Birthday Party
My twin boys recently turned two years old and we threw a party to celebrate. Even just inviting immediate family, we had nearly 20 people, so it was essential that I throw a very frugal party and conserve money where possible! Here are a few ways I saved money.
We held the party at home. This saved us the expense of renting a room or being obligated to buy food from a restaurant. We held the party in our fenced-in backyard, but we would have moved it to the garage if it had rained.
We did not schedule the party for a meal time. By holding the party during the late afternoon, we were able to serve a few snacks, cake, and ice cream instead of a full meal.
I made all the food and cake. Not everyone has the time or inclination to do this, but I made all the snacks and the cake instead of ordering from a store or restaurant. I made sure to plan a menu with foods I could make in advance. The week of the party, I made one or two things a day and set them aside until it was party time! (You can see the cheddar alphabet crackers in the photo above.)
Most of the supplies came from the dollar store! I knew early on that I wanted to have an alphabet-themed party. So in July when I heard my sister mention that the dollar store currently had a lot of items for teachers, I headed there right away! I grabbed anything with letters. I also bought plastic tablecloths, plates, napkins, plastic forks and a Happy Birthday banner. My total was just under $20! I was really impressed with their selection of party items and I would definitely look there first if you are planning a party!
My decorating skills are definitely not Pinterest-worthy: you can see that some of the decoration was just die-cut letters taped to our fence!
Aside from the abundance of bees in our backyard that afternoon, the party was a success! Our boys were spoiled. They and our guests enjoyed themselves. Best of all, I was relieved knowing that we didn’t break the bank for a couple hours of fun!