We've already talked about a Pinterest party and saving money by using
Pinterest, but did you know that you can also plan any party or
get-together using Pinterest and save money on that same party? One
of the best features about Pinterest is that you can act as your
own virtual party planner as you find ideas about décor, food and
themes. I was lucky enough to find Pinterest before the two
birthday parties I would throw in January for my boys and so the
brainstorming and pinning began.
For Jack's first birthday, I chose a pirate theme (Captain JACK
Sparrow, get it?) You can find his birthday board here. For Charlie, he loves the beach (and
that's his room theme), so this was the perfect opportunity to play
that out on a larger scale. His birthday board is here.
From appetizers to main dishes to cupcakes to cakes to sweets,
just about any major party theme can be found on Pinterest. It's
also likely that the theme has been translated into the food in
some way. Many times, if it's something that looks more
professionally done, I'll consult family and friends who then
recreate a similar idea for me at a fraction of the cost. For
example, I found this pin for a sandcastle cake (pictured) and my
friend was able to create this beautiful cake for the party. (Not to mention
it was absolutely yummy!) I've also found that a recent trend is to
serve finger foods or appetizers and a variation on a sweets table
(cake, cupcakes, little treats) as opposed to a larger meal. This
can cut down on your food costs and the table presentation is
beautiful. Search Pinterest for some cute themed tablescapes and
the possibilities are endless.
Every great party usually serves something wonderful in a glass.
One of the biggest hits at our family parties are punches. They are
quick, easy to assemble and taste deliciou. Lemonade punch with vibrant fruits and colors
not only provide a drink for the party, but also something pretty
to look at. You can also usually create something wonderful at
With the emergence of the popular crafter site, Etsy, handmade
goodies have become all the rage. Your budget, however, may not
necessarily appreciate this. Many of the papergoods, banners, and
cupcake toppers you see can be recreated using a Cricut machine and
some ideas you find on the internet (and then later pin to
Pinterest). With some cardstock and a good computer printer, you
can generally create something that looks marvelous. (And in some
cases, you may just have to leave it to the crafting experts, but
don't be afraid to pin what you bought after the fact and send some
traffic to an upcoming business.)
I recreated this background using crepe paper and streamers -
simple and cheap! I also personalized parties by creating birthday books for the boys and plan to
continue to add to those year after year. A milestone banner is perfect for first
birthdays. You can also always just add a cardboard cut-out of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack for instant party
fun and decoration.
Pinterest really is the world's oyster for party planning. You
never know what pearls you may find to make your party a success.
Have you thrown a party using Pinterest? What are your favorite
party pins? I'd love to hear more about them and feature them on my
Party Planning Showcase which links up
Pinterest-inspired parties every week. You can follow me on
Pinterest here or Chicago Parent here.
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