Children’s parties can be expensive, no doubt about it. If I can make it myself and save a few dollars along the way, I will. Some may call this thrifty, I prefer to call it creative. For some fabulous do-it-yourself party ideas that take nothing more than a minimum spend, imagination, a little effort and a little time – read on!
I’m no Martha Stewart, but what she and the awesomely talented Amy Atlas have taught me when it comes to parties is that setting the scene is important and often it’s all in the little details. Take this gorgeous bunting (via Apartment Therapy) for example. While this one is made using paint chips, you can do similar with sheets of coloured card by tracing a milk bottle lid, a cup and side plate for different sized circles. Hang them from door frames and over party tables for a bright burst of celebratory colour.
Drinks need not be boring either. Martha Stewart shows us how to make beautiful floral straws, perfect for any spring inspired or garden themed party! Who would have guessed cake patty pans and straws could be so clever!
Who doesn’t love a dual purpose decoration? These paper cones (as seen here at Casa E Cose) are super easy to make from a square of patterned paper. With a hole punched either side and string threaded through,they can be filled with goodies and hung to decorate a space before partygoers take them home as favours.
A pinata is a much loved game at any party and here’s how to make your own using tissue paper. Absolutely stunning, right? While you’ve got the tissue paper out, why not whip up some awesome party hats – see how Brooke of Inchmark blog decorated her petal effect pinata and made those party hats below. A basic pinata tutorial can be found at Scented Sweetpeas blog.
Finally I’ve found a great use for those empty toilet rolls – a little bit of crafty know-how transforms them into party crowns! See how to perform such a majestic makeover at Creative Jewish Mom.
Party favours can be so much more than a lolly bag. Take this Popsicle Memory Game from Curbly blog, for instance. Not only does it cancel the sugar filled frenzy, it’s something they can play over and over again. Better yet, prepare all the shapes and materials and turn it into a party craft activity. All it takes is icypole sticks, double sided tape and patterned paper!
I couldn’t resist including these toadstool pencils – a cute addition to party bags. Head on over to Scissors. Paper. Wok to see how to make your own with some paints, wooden buttons, glue and some patience.
If you do want to stick with a sweet-to-eat favour, I love this spin on the traditional lolly bag – a candy necklace! Fill a zip lock bag with colour matched lollies and a length of embroidery thread for some necklace making fun that can be done at home. Check out these super sweet Couture Candy party favours from Paper and Cake blog.
We hope you can put a couple of these do it yourself ideas to use at your next party – let us know what you’re going to try!