One of the biggest money savers is making party items yourself. But don’t think you have to be Martha Stewart to become a DIY pro. Making your own invitations, homemade cupcakes and having guests make crafts are all great ways to personalize your party and save a litle money.
There are a staggering number of blogs dedicated to all things party, with oodles of tips and ideas to get you inspired. Be warned, just because you may save money making things yourself, remember, your time is valuable. Many of us moms simply do not have the time to be up until 2 in the morning trying to make your own banner when a lovely Etsy vendor can make one for you, but more on that later.
On that note, I’m going to share my go-to spots to help you get your creative juices flowing!
My own blog, Not Just A Mommy! is a one-stop party shop. From real party features to tutorials and craft ideas, I love to find out what’s hot in the party world and find fun parties that have great DIY ideas. I love to create and share inspiration boards. If you are planning any type of event, it will be your best friend to help you focus your ideas and springboard off for new ones.
If all you want to look at are gorgeous parties, Kara’s Party Ideas is the place to be. From sharing her own fabulous parties to reader submissions, she’s full of great ideas and loves to share how she comes up with her amazing themes.
Alright, maybe you don’t want to handcraft everything yourself, and that’s where sites like Etsy are your greatest ally. Everything from printables you can download and assemble yourself, to full blown party packs assembled and mailed to you, birthday banners, personalized outfits, favors, you name it! Here are some great places to check out…
The Celebration Shoppe has amazing collections that include many party elements like invites, banners, treat bag and cupcake toppers, ready for customization and print out at home. I love how she groups her themes together so you can also order all the pieces you need like matching plates and napkins.
Two Sugar Babies is a fondant genius, making toppers for your cupcakes and cookies. It’s a fun way to add something special and really tie your party together.
Piccadilly Circus Designs is a new discovery for me, specializing in personalized, applique shirts, perfect for celebrating birthdays.
There are countless ways to make your party feel special without having to blow the bank. For those of you who cannot have a house full of screaming kids (like me!), tune in next time for part 3 – Location, Location, Location! I’ll clue you in to cool places to host your party. And Chuck E. Cheese is NOT one of them.