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Favors - After every major holiday there will be clearance. Looks
for candy (that can be frozen) and small items to use as favors or part of a
Games - You don't have to bring in clowns or hire expensive play
equipment for kids to have a good time. Everyone will have a good time if
you choose age appropriate games and are well prepared.
Personalize - Kids love to see their name in print. It makes
them feel welcome. Write the names of the children at the party on as many
items as possible, such as goodie bags and place settings. Try and do it
in a fun, whimsical way.
Pictures - Have another adult in charge of pictures, if possible.
If you try and do it yourself, on top of everything else, you will miss a lot of
good shots. Also, you should have another adult if you are responsible for
a group of children. Perhaps one of the other moms can help you out on the
day of the party, and you can return the favor for her child.
- Check the after Christmas sales for items that your children can
give to other children during the year.
Supplies - Do check with a party store, especially if
you are having a themed party. They have a greater selection of balloons and
other party items. A few special items can go a long way. Buy the
bulk of your supplies at The Dollar Store or a more economical store like
Themes - Themes can be a lot of fun, especially if you are creative
and apply them to the games, the cake, and even the favors. Remember that
color is the least expensive way to make a big statement. For instance, if
you were doing a Spiderman Theme for your party, you could cover the front door
with blue and red paper, and a small poster. That would immediately set
the theme for a small amount of money.
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