It was Q’s first birthday recently and since he seems to enjoy watching Paw Patrol with his older sister, we decided to go with that for the party theme. We will be doing Paw Patrol theme for his sister as well (unless she changes her mind in a couple of months).
With that in mind, I knew it could get a bit pricey. All the decorations, food, cake, balloons, etc, can add up to a lot and throw off the budget for the month. So, I decided to improvize, see where I could cut costs and still have a good party!
1. Use what you have
I was recently gifted a bunch of party decorations from the birthday boy’s grandma, so I used a lot of what was there. I had balloons, streamers, a happy birthday banner, ribbons and even some cute little clothespins that I used to make a garland with his pictures.
I printed his pictures that I had taken every month as he grew during his first year, attached them to a piece of white ribbon with clothespins, and hung it up as a decoration. It was really cute and easy to make!
2. Make your own decorations
I made Q a name and a number 1 banner. I bought some construction paper from the dollar store, printed the shield outlines, cut them out and traced them onto the construction paper. I cut out two colours for the shield part, red and blue, and glued them together. I had red on the outside and blue on the inside. Then, I printed and traced the letters onto yellow construction paper, and glued those to the shield parts. Finally, I hole punched two holes at the top of each shield and ran some white ribbon through to connect them all and my banner was complete!
I did the same thing with the number 1 shield. I plan to use the same method for Thea’s banner and I still have enough construction paper for that as well. The pack of construction paper was only $3, so it seems like a good deal to me 🙂
3. Don’t fret about matching plates/cups
If you have any plates or cups left over from previous parties, why not use those up? Especially if they are white or even better, colours you are actually using for this party. We had so many plates and cups already, I really didn’t see the point in spending money on more, just because they have the Paw Patrol characters on them. They will be used once and thrown away anyways, so why not use what you already have. Better for your wallet and the environment 🙂
Since I had two tablecloths already, I only bought one more that was actually Paw Patrol themed. I wiped it off after the party and now we can use it again for T’s birthday.
4. Bake the cake yourself
This might not work for everyone, I know not everyone enjoys baking as much as I do. If you don’t mind or even like it a little bit, this can save you lots of money. Especially if you want a bigger cake for lots of people. I made Q’s cake and I loved doing it! I decorated it how I wanted to and I knew exactly what was in it.
If you don’t like baking or are pressed for time, maybe you could ask one of your friends or family members for help.
5. Ask for help if you can
I am fortunate to have a good family support system. I have my parents and second parents (J’s parents) who are always willing and happy to help. My lovely mother in law almost always does the party favours for us, and I am so grateful for that! She is an enormous help to me during party time 🙂