At our house the winter is full of parties and events! We go straight from Thanksgiving, to my daughters birthday in December, to Christmas, to our anniversary, to New Years Eve, to my birthday, to the superbowl, to Valentines day, all within 12 weeks! So last month when we found out our January Michaels’ Makers challenge was organization I knew right away that I wanted to tackle my party supplies.
While I was going through them, I was kind of shocked at how much I had accumulated over the years! I am a person who likes to celebrate everything, and everyone. I love to make people feel special and remembered and I equally love having something to look forward to! The trouble is, I learned early on in my life that all these little “celebrations” can really add up budget-wise! You guys know I am a pretty strict budget-er, and I basically never go out of my normal budget for any of the fun celebratory dinners or parties we have throughout the year (other than gifts for my kids birthdays). So I thought today I would share with you a little bit about how I celebrate all life’s little moments without hardly ever spending extra money!
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1.) Start Making or Collecting Party Staples.
2.) Use What You Have.
3.) Get Organized. From personal experience what works best for me is having smaller, well labeled, clear containers. I found these at Michaels in a set of fourteen boxes with lids for only $19.99! If you bring your 50% off coupon that is less than $1.00 a piece, which is unheard of for this type of storage, believe me. I organize my things with like things (aka: napkins with napkins) because that is what works best for me, but you could also organize by color if you prefer! Just make sure that everything that is in the box gets put on the label. If you don’t I can promise you will forget you have it. I used these free printable labels, and just stuck them on with some washi tape.
4.) It Doesn’t Always Have to Be a Party.
5.) Speaking of Food… I mentioned earlier that cupcake liners and sprinkles were both on my list of supplies to buy when they go on sale! I have found that if you have one “centerpiece” dessert that matches your theme, it doesn’t matter what else you serve, it will all feel pretty and well coordinated. I always keep a box cake and a pudding mix in the pantry so that I can make this cake on a moments notice. Then stick it on a cake plate in the middle of your food set up with one of your cute cake toppers and some appropriately colored sprinkles and it will look like you slaved for hours when all you did was pull a few things from your pantry.
6.) Collect White Dishes.
A recent example… So a couple weeks ago my sweet baby girl turned three! Her birthday is the week before Christmas so it’s a crazy time of year anyway, all of her little friends were either out of town or had family in town and a friend party wasn’t in the cards. Not to mention, I was out of town for my cousins wedding leading up to her special day. Literally on my way to the airport at 9 p.m. the night before her birthday I called my husband and told him, “blow up some gold and white balloons and hang up the gold and white banner and pull a barstool in front of it and set the gold and white party hat on it, so she sees it when she comes down the stairs in the morning.” Because everything was there, organized and ready to go he was able to set it up in all of 3 minutes. The next morning poor Nora woke up with hives all over her and we spent three hours in the instacare and came home drugged out on benedryll. The fact is, life isn’t pinterest perfect, in life things happen like trips and late nights and hives on birthdays. But, I am so happy that even though the odds were against us, we still got this sweet picture of my sweet girl on her birthday that I will cherish forever, and it didn’t cost any time or money.
I hope some of these tips were helpful in making your life events a little more fun… without breaking the bank!
Also, even though I got a little sidetracked (haha) be sure to take a look at some of the fun storage projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Michaels makers’ ideas on The Glue String for tips on decorating and organizing their favorite things!