Birthday Decorations on a Budget

Animal Toy Candle HoldersIf you’re planning a birthday party on a budget, it can be tough finding all the little decretive touches without breaking your bank. Let’s face it; buying decorations from your local party store can quickly add up to be very expensive, so finding alternatives can mean the difference between a bland party and one that your guests will never forget. Fortunately, there are tons of great birthday decorations that you can make yourself on a budget that don’t require special skills or materials to pull off. You can save a lot of money by making some of the birthday decorations yourself along with creative uses of common household items. Below, you will find a collection of some of my favorite birthday decorations that you can make on a budget but won’t look like you tried to go cheap.

Fork Placeholders

When you’re decorating for a birthday party, it really is the little things that make the biggest difference. One simple idea is to cut out little shapes from cardstock or construction paper such as butterflies or hearts. You can then write each guest’s name on the shape an slip it into the tines of a fork to create lovely placeholders for only a few pennies.

Water Balloons for Ice

If you are having your birthday party in the summer and want to serve up some ice cold bottled water, most people would just bring out a bucket and fill it with ice. However, if you want a more colorful touch, you can fill the bucket with various colored water balloons that you’ve frozen in advance. The frozen balloons will look very nice, plus they will keep your water bottles ice cold for many, many hours; even on the hottest days.

Tissue Paper Garland

Creating your own garland out of tissue paper is a fun way to add some variety and color to your birthday party. Simply grab a few stacks of tissue paper, cut out some shapes like flowers or stars, and use scotch tape to fasten them to a long piece of fishing line. The results will be best if you use multiple colors of tissue paper and stagger them in a pattern, and you may want to recruit some helpers to get the job done quicker.

Decorative Cups

Many people who craft are already familiar with washi tape, but for those who aren’t it is essentially scotch tape with decorations or patterns already printed on the roll. This makes it an ideal choice for all craft projects, but especially birthday party decorations. Simply buy some inexpensive clear plastic cups, wrap a section of washi tape around each one, and you instantly have a very decorative plastic cup for serving punch that only cost you a few pennies to decorate.

Animal Toy Candle Holders

You can really jazz up the look of a birthday cake by making a few candle holders out of animal toys. You can usually pick up a bag of plastic animal toys at the dollar store such as squirrels, dogs, or other various shapes and they make a great foundation for your birthday candles. Simple spray paint the animal toy, insert a cheap plastic candle holder into their back, and you’re ready to dress up the birthday candles with everyone’s favorite animals.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Themed Birthday Party

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CakeThe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are very popular characters that a few generations have grown up watching. It is hard to find anyone who doesn’t love the 4 green heroes, especially boys; so it’s no wonder that they are a very popular theme for a kid’s birthday party. If you want to pull off the ultimate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles birthday party, it really isn’t too difficult. Below are a few ideas to help you get everything perfect for each part of the birthday party.


When decorating for your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles birthday party, the first thing that comes to mind is turtles. You can decorate all over the place using their 4 iconic faces, and you can include Master Splinter in the mix as well. The main color choice for your decorations should of course be green and everything else should fall into place nicely.

Birthday Cake

For the birthday cake, you should consider doing it in the shape and colors of the birthday boy/girl’s favorite ninja turtle. If you are feeling very elaborate, one of the coolest designs I’ve seen is to make 4 spherical cakes with green food coloring, create fondant bandanas to use as each turtle’s mask, and stack them vertically using skewers to represent the whole ninja turtles posse (see photo above). This is a time-intensive birthday cake build, but it will certainly make for lasting memories.

Party Favors

The party favors for your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles birthday party theme should be just as turtle-oriented as the rest of the party. A favorite among kids is to have lots of balloon swords so the little ones can act out their ninja skills in a safe way. Other great edible party favors include cookies shaped and decorated like pizzas, little turtle tubes filled with green jelly beans, and cookie pops that look like suckers shaped like a turtle’s head but are actually a cookie underneath. Edible party favors are always a great choice because the kids will absolutely love them.


Though there aren’t any stiff rules about what type of food to serve at your TMNT themed birthday party, most people who are familiar with the cartoon know that the turtles have an obsession with pizza. You would be hard-pressed to find a more appropriate type of food to serve at a TMNT party, and it is almost a certainty that everyone will love it.

Throwing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles birthday party will be one of the most fun and memorable experiences of your child’s life. Most people would agree that their birthday parties were some of the most memorable events they remember from when they were young, so making it as special as possible for your son or daughter can be a big deal. Just take some advice from the tips above and all the kids at your party are sure to be saying Cowabunga!

Throwing a Birthday Costume Party

Superhero Costume PartyWhen you are a kid, one of the most important days of the year is your birthday. All of your friends will be coming over to your birthday party and everyone will be getting you a gift. However, it is important to make sure the party is fun for everyone who comes; especially the birthday person. While there are many different types of themes that are appropriate for a kid’s birthday party, having a costume party can make for some really great memories. Though only you can know what genre will work best for you, here are some pointers about throwing a birthday costume party that all of the kids will love.


Instead of the classic types of decorations you find at an ordinary birthday party, it is a better idea to incorporate different costume elements into the decorations at a costume party. Try to put masks and feather boas around the party space as much as possible to really embrace the concept of the costumes. Depending on what theme you are going for, you can usually come up with some pretty interesting things to use as decorations.

Themed Costumes

Make sure that everyone is on the same page before they go out shopping for costumes. Instead of letting everyone do whatever they choose like at Halloween, try to lay down some ground rules so that everyone has a common purpose. For instance, you could ask everyone to wear their favorite superhero costume or choose a certain movie and have everyone dress like one of the characters. Having your guests wear simi9larly themed costumes is a great way to bring a birthday party to the next level.


Since you are having a costume party, it goes without saying that there should be a costume contest. Try to make the contest seem as grand as possible by announcing each “contestant” and having them do a walk in front of the rest of the guests. It is also a good idea to talk with each of the kids ahead of time to make sure you know what costume they are wearing and how they want it described. The last thing you want to do is hurt someone’s feeling unintentionally.

Food and Drink

Try to match your food and drink to the theme of your costumes as best as you can. For instance, if the kids are all dressing up like superheroes, try to find Jell-O molds that are in the shape of some of the most popular ones. Also, you can give cool sounding names to regular foods like “turtle tacos” or “panda pizza” and the kids are going to love it. To make your punch, juice, or soda stand out at the party, try adding some food coloring to regular ice cubes to make them a little cooler looking. When you’re throwing a costume birthday party, the little details can go a long way to making big fun for the kids.