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Birthdays on a Budget: Reuse and Repurpose Birthday Decor

by Sarah Lyons

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Another way to save on birthday expenses is to replace balloons with party lanterns. These can be purchased for about the same price as balloons but instead of one time use, they can be used over and over again. By choosing a variety of neutral colors you will save money without losing the festive look.

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Once the party's over, theme-specific party decorations can be repurposed in many ways. Cards and invitations can be made into wall art, ornaments, gift tags, or garland. Crepe paper and napkins can be made into confetti or garland. Old ribbons and balloons can be used to make a festive wreath.

The key to saving money by reusing or repurposing party decor is to get creative. Scour the internet or Pinterest for ideas, shop smart by buying generic birthday items on sale, or create your own decor from things you have around the house. Once you have your basic party decor, add small touches to help create a fun birthday theme. Try to find items that can be used more than once. For example, animals from a Noah’s ark party could be reused for a zoo or circus themed party at a later date. A little creativity can make for a fun, affordable, and environmentally conscious birthday party your child will love.

Budget Friendly Party Locations

  • The park
  • The pool
  • A local church
  • Public buildings such as the library, a museum or the community center
  • Your home or backyard
  • The gym
  • Tour a local fire station or factory

Sarah Lyons is a stay at home wife and mother of six children, including 18 month old triplets. Using creative consequences with her kids has improved their behavior and encourages healthy relationships with each other.

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