As we get closer to our daughter’s 2nd birthday party this Saturday, I thought I would share some tips from last year’s party. One of the more expensive elements of throwing a party, other than food is the party decorations. My husband and I always try to follow a budget the best we can. We plan, make lists and try to keep costs down, but in this current economy that can sometimes be difficult. Our theme last year was Sesame Street and since my daughter is still obsessed with these characters, I didn’t stray too far this year from her 1st birthday theme. Her theme this year is all her favorite Sprout channel characters with a patriotic twist in celebration of Memorial Day. Stay tuned for more on this idea.
Last year, I created most of her decorations from construction paper and glue. I searched the internet for all her favorite Sesame characters and used the more basic cartoon images as a guide for making the different characters. Most of the characters are based on simple shapes, so I drew these shapes onto the construction paper, cut them out and glued together to form the individual characters. Pretty simple, cost effective, and I think they turned out great and are unique in their own way. I also summoned my old elementary school days cutting out strips of construction paper and making paper chains. I also used re-cycled gift bags and anything else I could get my hands on, cut out and make into a party decoration. There are so many great ideas on Pinterest as well, much more than I could ever try myself. Let your imagination run wild and in the process save a little money!