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Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Entertainment, Seasonal & Events | 0 comments

Creative Party Ideas Anyone Can Afford

Whether I’m attending one or throwing one, I love a good party. As a frugal mom, I also know a successful get-together has nothing to do with the amount of money spent. It’s all about creating a fun atmosphere with friends and family– and none of that has to cost a lot. Here are some of my own ideas for creative party ideas anyone can afford.

fruit-centerpieceCenterpieces and Decorations

The best centerpieces are the ones that make use of things that you already have around the house or frugal things you can re-use. Fruit in a vase, candles, balloons – all good. I also love the idea of using a tablecloth as a guest book (get an inexpensive one at a thrift store). Have guests write a birthday message, something funny, or a clever quote on it. However, I like to keep it simple and not stress too much about decor. Your friends and family will notice a key piece or two, but the food and the company is the main focus.

(More cheap centerpiece ideas)

party-theme-mag-coverInvitations

The digital age in which we live is great for sending casual invitations by text, email, or e-vite. However, the consensus on the MommySavers forums is that good old-fashioned snail-mail invitations are the way to go when it comes to a birthday party or more formal occasion. But, they don’t have to be expensive. Get creative with a photo (use free editing software like picmonkey.com) by adding text and graphics. Then, have them printed using a coupon code. You can create a fun, colorful custom invitation for less than $.20 each. I still love this photo invite I made for my daughter nearly ten years ago from her Glamour Girl Party.

(More cheap or free party invitations)

party-food-shrimp-boilParty Food

For casual gatherings, it’s perfectly acceptable (and often expected) to ask guests to bring a dish to share. Don’t feel like a cheapskate if you do! Or, as the host, you can provide a frugally-made main dish. One of my go-to ideas for summer entertaining is the shrimp boil. We do this outside in the summer, and the ingredients are relatively frugal. Plus, since it’s a casual just dump-it-on-newspaper meal, cleanup is super-easy. I also love the idea of a themed potluck, which is even more frugal.

(More creative potluck theme ideas)

glow-dark-cupsPlates, Dishes and Cups

Disposable plates, tablecloths, and utensils can be found at dollar stores, make for easy clean-up and are an excellent frugal option (I love these disposable glow cups for outdoor parties). However, spending just a little bit of cash for basic party pieces you can reuse over and over again is worth the investment. Target clearance end caps are a great place to look — especially at the end of the season when things are 50-70% off. Thrift stores are also a treasure trove for interesting, quirky tablecloths, dishes, glasses and  bowls. White and clear partyware is the perfect choice too since it goes with everything and suits any occasion.

party-gamesEntertainment and Games

When kids (and grown-up kids!) are involved, games are the perfect icebreaker. Choose a game or icebreaker that the people in your group will be comfortable with and enjoy. Ideas include:

Kimberly Danger is a Savings.com DealPro and founder of MommySavers.com. Her mission is to help moms live well for less. She is also the author of several money-saving books on frugal living.

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