Today we invited Heidi of Parties for Pennies to share some of her party knowledge with us. Heidi has an incredible talent with simple DIY projects that put the personal touch on parties, which also saves you a ton of money! See her six easy tips to throwing the perfect party for the kiddos.
We’ve all been there. You end up with these grandiose ideas of how you want your child’s party to look. A million ideas float through your brain, inspiring multiple treks to the craft store. Then, a week before the big event, you’re sitting in a pile of tissue paper, glue sticks, and 5 bags of craft store supplies wondering how you’re going to be able to complete the 20 intricate tissue paper flowers and a DIY light-up marquee during nap times. You probably either press forward with sheer determination ending in complete exhaustion and a proclamation that “I’ll never do that again,” or you toss the 5 bags of craft materials in the closet and opt for ordering pizza and blowing up a few balloons.
Is there a happy medium? I think so, and these 6 Tips to Throwing a Kid’s Party will help you create a fabulous event, all while maintaining your sanity and your sleep.
1 – First, begin by choosing a theme and/or color scheme. This may sound overly simple, but with the Pinterest world in which we live, sometimes we end up over stimulated with ideas. Narrow it down to one theme and/or color scheme. Choosing a color scheme helps you make choices when picking plates, decorations, etc. To help while out shopping, create a guide by printing inspiration photos and a color scheme card.
2 – Keep It Simple. I have a tendency to want to go overboard, but some of my favorite parties have been the simplest ones. Start with a basic white tablecloth and add some pops of color.
3 – Order a plain, inexpensive cake but top with a unique topper. There are so many options for cake toppers right now. You can DIY one, order a personalized topper, or even use a figurine or decoration you already have. No more late nights trying to figure out how to make the cake resemble a basket weave pattern when you cut into it. That has Pinterest fail written all over it.
4 – Keep in mind the 3 B’s: Bunting, Balloons, and Backdrop. If you’re the type that gets overwhelmed with all the party decoration ideas, stick to these 3 elements and you will hit a party homerun.
5 – Stick to hassle-free food. My rule is to never home-make more than 3 items for a party. For a kid’s party, you can probably get away with less than 3. Any more than that will be too much for one person, if you’re decorating and hosting the party, too. There are ways to make store-bought items look homemade, though. It’s all about presentation. Creating a beautifully set up snack station with chips and pretzels takes the focus off the fact that you just ripped open the bag and poured it out. It gives your food an element of intrigue. Never thought you’d hear about food presentation being intriguing, huh?
6 – Favors that double as activities. When you are thinking up favors for the party, think of favors that could also be used as activities. A game or craft are great ways to do this. For a recent Magic Tree House party I did, the kids had to solve clues to find all the party favors.
Following these 6 tips will not only ensure a great party, but you’ll actually be able to enjoy it, since you won’t be stressed or exhausted. Check out Parties for Pennies for more party ideas and inspiration. Party On!