Frugal & Fun Kid's Birthdays: All The Extras

by Beth Montgomery on March 12, 2010

in Holidays, Tips & Basics

This is post 6 of 7 in the series Frugal & Fun Kid’s Birthdays.

It’s all about the theme! I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned that before.

So what’s your theme?

Once you have it, you can get your inspiration from there.

Invitations & Thank Yous

Have you tried e-vite?   It’s FREE.   You can decorate and create your own invitations, gather RSVPs, and send them out via e-mail or Facebook.

Or use all those FREE photo prints or photo cards to make your own creative cards.   In the end, it will only cost you a stamp (and maybe shipping).

Don’t forget to check The Dollar Store cheap cards!

Party Favors

I hate party favors.   Usually it’s a bag full of tiny plastic toys, candy, and stuff that will just add to our playroom chaos until I toss them out.   But, it’s typically expected, so you can’t send them home empty handed.

Instead of buying the inexpensive, small toys for every kid that fit into your budget, let the kids make their own favors.   You’ll get a fun activity and party favor in one!

It could be as simple as letting the children make their own party hats to designing flip flops.   Or if you want to be really frugal and knock out the snack, favor, and activity all in one, let the kids make their own snack mix!


Balloons!   They are cheap and beautiful.   You can tie them in shapes to make arches, center pieces, or whatever you can come up with.   You can throw them around the floor for toys, use them in games, and send them home as party favors.

Also, think about what you already have on hand that fits your theme.   Think outside the kids room and playroom too.   It could be the leis you have laying around that could easily be placed around a plate to add to the table or stuff from your husband’s sports memorabilia to add to a football theme.

Next, head to The Dollar Store to get a few supplies.   And finally, use your coupons to get the rest!   Instead of buying the tiny party-themed decorations, go for larger items that will take up more room.   That way you won’t have to buy many to get your party site themed up.   Steamers are also a cheap purchase that can quickly fill up a room and make it look festive!

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