Taking a trip to your local party store to purchase decorations might lead you to realize just how expensive planning a function can be. But at home you can print and customize many of the items that you would typically buy at the store for a fraction of the price. I have created many of my get-together items with these sources and have found them to save time and money while still looking like a million bucks.
Banners and Invitations
You can create a festive environment, or simply set the theme of your party through the use of printable banners and invitations. They are must haves (especially for birthday parties), so why not create a personalized touch using your printer and some inexpensive paper or cardstock. This will surely help cut some costs.
Printerprojects.com is a useful site that has many generic banners you can easily print at home. There is a wide variety of choices from children and teens to milestones.
Howtonestforless.com has a wonderful selection of theme birthday party banners along with the invitations and other coordinating items. The items have already been beautifully created. All you have to do is add your personalization and print.
Depending on the theme of your party, there may be different types of games you’d like to play. Some kid-friendly ones are puzzles and the classic pin the tail on the donkey.
Puzzles.ca offer free word search puzzles on a large number of kid topics. You’re able to choose and print the ones that are most appropriate for your theme. I like printing them on decorative paper in a coordinating party color.
Now if you have a bit more time on your hands, I would recommend making your own puzzle or word search. You can personalize the words used to fit in with the theme of your party. For this idea I find the site puzzle-maker.com very helpful. You can simply add the words you have in mind in the appropriate fields along with the word clue and generate. You will have the option for the free puzzle, which is a bit plain, so I also prefer to print them on decorative paper or cardstock.
For some fun anyone can enjoy pin the tail on the donkey is an all time classic. On family-gamestreasurehouse.com I was able to find this classic game in both color and black and white options, as well as a variation on the game – pin the tail on the bunny.
For my son’s party I choose to play pin the crown on the frog prince instead. I found this and many more games at tipjunkie.com.