A Donut Themed Birthday Party
My Sister is the Best Hostess and Party Planner
by Joanne Troppello
My nieces recently turned 6 and 7 years old. If you read my column yesterday, then you learned about my DIY Craft boxes that I made for them for their birthday.
My sister (their mom) is the best hostess and party planner. I love going to the parties she hosts and helping her set up decorations etc.—because I know I’m always going to be surprised—in a good way in how it all turned out.
Whether the budget was large or small, she always found a way to make the party special.
I’ve included photos showing how everything came together perfectly for her girls.
I took some photos of the buffet food but didn’t include those since I wanted to focus on the design of the donut themed party and how she brought all those desserts and decorations together.
Tips on Party Planning on a Budget
If you don’t have a large budget for the next party that you’re hosting, consider the following tips on party planning on a budget.
1. Create a Budget and Stick to It
It’s important to create a budget and stick to it—otherwise, you’ll end up spending too much or spending on the wrong things and not having enough to cover everything you actually need for the party. Consider using party planning apps like My Party Planner or Pro Party Planner to help you stay on track with your budget and checklist.
2. Make a To-Do Checklist
In addition to your budget, create a to-do checklist to make sure you stay on track with everything you need to get done prior to the party and on the actual day. You can use the following apps to help you create and track your checklist: Wunderlist and Evernote.
3. Save on Postage
You may already use digital invitations for parties. However, if you’ve still been sending out actual invitations, consider using digital ones to save on postage. Apps like Punchbowl, Evite, and Eventbrite are great ways to send out invitations via email and track responses from guests.
If all your guests are on Facebook, you can create an Event for the party and invite them that way, and have an opportunity to include posts etc. You can post photos on the event page after the party is over in case people can’t attend and they can still see how your decorations looked etc.
4. Simple Meal Plans
Create a party meal plan that includes easy to prepare food. If you are planning a party for your children or a family member, consider asking close friends or family members to contribute a food dish for a potluck meal. If you don’t feel comfortable asking for food contributions, accept help if it’s offered.
Make food that takes minimal preparation like a vegetable tray, wraps, or tea sandwiches. Making them yourself can save you money. Make your own cake or cupcakes instead of purchasing them from your local bakery or grocery store.
5. Stay Focused and Balanced
Make sure that you stay balanced when planning the decorations and food.
You don’t want to spend too much of your budget on decorations and be lacking in food for your guests. Depending on your mindset, food may be more important than decorations or vice versa.
If you have a limited budget, consider using a higher portion for the food and then make your own decorations. If you don’t have a lot of items in your craft box at home (or things suited for your theme), visit your local craft store like Michaels, JOANN Fabric, or Hobby Lobby Arts & Crafts Stores.
My sister made this utensil holder by painting a mason jar and adding sprinkles to it to match her pink donut theme.
That was so creative and a simple way to add to the overall design without having to spend money on buying a ready-made utensil holder. I love when we use our creative side!
6. Remember to Have Fun
Don’t forget to have fun throughout this process. Yes, it can be stressful planning a party on a budget. However, it doesn’t have to stress you out if you follow these steps and use common sense—and can say “no” to yourself when necessary. You may be shopping at Hobby Lobby and be tempted to buy stuff that you don’t need. That’s why it’s so important to have a budget and check list and stick to them. If necessary, ask someone to come with you to help you stay on track with your party planning goals.
7. Ask for Helpers
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether from a friend or family member. You may think you can do it all yourself, but you don’t want to wear yourself thin—and not enjoy the actual party day. Enlist help for different stages of the party from the planning, shopping, DIY projects, set-up, cooking and baking, and cleanup. Don’t forget the cleanup. If possible, ask different people to help with different aspects of the process. You don’t want people to get stressed out either.
However, if you don’t have many people, or none at all, to help—make sure you follow all these steps and stay task oriented. This way you can make sure you conquer one thing at a time and don’t get too stressed out.
In the end, remember that it’s the friends and family members who will be there with you on that special day that matters. Sure, you want everything to be perfect. Just don’t get too carried away with perfection, which can stress you out.
Have you ever planned a DIY party on a budget? What was the theme and how did it go?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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