Great parties on a budget

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Use these tips to have a bash that's low in cost, but high in fun:

  • Set a spending limit before you start.
  • Create your own piata. Make it an activity with the kids.
  • Pick a free location such as your backyard or a local park.
  • Play classic party games. Change them to fit the theme - for instance, "Pin the Badge on the Sheriff" for a cowboy-themed party.
  • Write invitations by hand or send them out by e-mail.
  • Use items you already own for decorations. Use toys that fit the theme.
  • Make your own cake, or make personalized cupcakes for each of the children.
  • Go for two-liter bottles of drinks rather than cans or juice boxes.
  • Use brown lunch sacks for goody bags and let the kids decorate them.
  • Rather than hire an entertainer, have someone you know come to make balloon animals, paint faces or give a puppet show.