Truly the best way to save money on birthday parties is to buy pretty decorations when they are on clearance or make them yourself in your free time. Anyone ever find themselves running to the store right before a birthday not caring how much you spend as long as you get some stuff to make it festive?! This kit will put an end to those panicky budget-busting days. Never again will you feel you need to take out a birthday loan! Having this kit will ensure that birthday parties are all fun and no stress about not having time or money to throw one! If you put one together, all you have to do is consult the box when the occasions arise. After the party you can just put them straight back into the box and you aren’t tempted to throw them away and buy new ones every time there is a birthday in your family.
This is not a secret, but I like to keep unusual amounts of party decor stashed away in the cupboards of my home. What is a secret, is that I re-use the same party decor so much it’s a wonder it’s still use-able. In December 2010 I threw a birthday party for a friend, and there were tissue paper pom-poms (like the one you see below) hanging from the ceiling. Everyone helping clean up was about to throw them away, but my frugal self thought they could surely be used at least one more time. I commandeered the poofs and carefully folded them back up. It is now three years later and the same pom-poms have been used probably seven times since, and three of them are right here in these photos! No, tissue paper is not an expensive thing to buy, but the little things do add up and it takes 5-10 minutes to make each pom-pom, time which I have not had to spend in years.
Find a box that is suitable. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for $5, because all of the shoe boxes I had were too small. You can use anything though, you just don’t want things to be able to get smashed.Add fun colored napkins, tablecloth, cups, plates, balloons, candles whatever you can find on clearance or for really cheap. Thrift stores often have unopened party stuff. I’m confident you can get all this for $15-$20. (See: cheapest way to buy striped straws.)
Make a paper banner – scroll down for a photo tutorial below.
Make a few tissue paper pom-poms (here is a tutorial) but keep them folded up until it’s party time. You could poof them up and practice folding them back up nicely without creasing the tissue paper too much.
Use up colored tissue paper that is on its last leg by making it into confetti using a hole punch! (Great way to be productive while you watch TV) I used a one-inch punch. (Similar here.)
Arrange your items in the box in a manner so that things will be safe from smashing so that your items are in good shape when you pull them back out.
And here is a quick little photo tutorial on how to make a paper banner! I made my triangles 5″ x 6.5″.
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