My daughter is a My Little Pony fan, so naturally that means a themed birthday party. We don’t do big birthday parties every year, because it does take a good amount of time and money. One way to save is to get creative with a budget friendly party favor. Half the time you find odds and ends that will get thrown away. When thinking about fillers, we wanted them to relate to the theme and be useful at the same time.
Make your own items, like basket filler or “grass.” It just gets thrown out anyway! Why spend money on it if you don’t have to. I used construction paper and my handy dandy shredder. Just grab a few sheets of each color that match your theme. For example, if you’re doing a superhero theme, use blue and red construction paper.
Clearance sales are awesome! I hit Target’s “Back to School” aisle because I know by mid-September there are tons and TONS of clearance items to choose from. Here’s a breakdown of my filler items:
Watercolor Paints – $0.98 each
Color crayons – $0.30 each
Stickers – $2.49/pk [8 sheets/pk]
Total = $1.59 each
The packaging is where it got tricky. I didn’t want to do those flimsy plastic bags, so I opted for these Spritz Treat Cups from Target. I wrapped them with clear cellophane treat bags to pull it all together. I happened to have some leftover twine from a previous project (check out Inspired by Pinterest: Personalized Journal), so I didn’t need to buy any ribbons.
Treat Cups – $3.00/10 pk
Cellophane Bags – $2.00/20 pk
Total = $0.40 each
So overall, I paid less than $2.50 per party favor gift. Cakes and party packages are expensive on their own, so finding ways to save is important. You can even change out the themes by putting different stickers on the treat cups and changing the colors of your basket filler and bag ties.
Do you have your own frugal party ideas? Please share them in the comments!
For more budget friendly birthday ideas check out these posts from fellow bloggers.
- Cheap and Easy Party Favor Ideas by Flour on My Face
- How to Save on Kids’ Birthday Parties by Swag Grabber
- Budget Friendly Ideas for Kids’ Birthday Parties by Southern Girl Ramblings
- How to Throw a Birthday Party on a Budget by Frugal Mom Eh!
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