Throwing a Realistic Pinterest Party on a Budget

Raise your hand if you love Pinterest, but just feel too overwhelmed with ideas and costs.

Give me any reason to plan a party or celebration and I’m on it! But it can certainly feel overwhelming if you don’t set any limits. Pinterest may sometimes get a bad rap with all the perfection, intensive crafts, and over-the-top-ness. I get it. But “Pinterest parties” don’t have to be anything more than you’re wanting to spend, time-wise and money-wise. After fun themed birthday party #4 in our house, I’ve found some great tips in ensuring we’re not going overboard while still using a lot of Pinterest inspiration. Check out these tips to keep your Pinterest parties fun yet under control.

Choose a specific space to decorate.

At our house, we have a tall breakfast table that we designate the “birthday space”. For parties, this is pretty much the only area I decorate. My daughter gets so excited to come upstairs in the morning and see what the table looks like. Limiting the space helps limit the ideas and decorations. You don’t have to decorate the whole house to make it a special party. 

Don’t. Pin. Everything.

Just don’t go down that path! If you start scrolling and feel overwhelmed, just stop. That’s when the fun gets sucked out of a cool website. Putting limits on the inspiration you find can make a party actually do-able on whatever timeline and budget you have in mind. You don’t have to do it all. Decide on a few things you want to make, pin just those, and use it as a to-do list. 

Throw Realistic Pinterest Parties on a Budget

Set a décor budget. 

If you hit up Etsy, Amazon and Party City…you can spend SO MUCH. I personally like to make things, so I can usually keep the cost low by crafting decorations. If you plan to buy decorations, plan how much you want to spend beforehand. Balloons, plates and banners add up quickly.

Throw Realistic Pinterest Parties on a Budget

Serve desserts & snacks rather than a meal. 

Try throwing the party in the late morning or early afternoon. Hosting a party that is not during a meal time saves lots of money and prep work. Serving just cake or cookies or cupcakes is just as exciting for kids! 

Throw Realistic Pinterest Parties on a Budget

When all is said and done, try to remember that the party is for your child- not necessarily for you! They will really be happy with just a few balloons to throw around, a big cupcake just for them and colorful paper plates.

Throw Realistic Pinterest Parties on a Budget

See the party and special day through your child’s eyes, not through the big eyes of Pinterest. 

 

 


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Kaitlin was born and raised in small-town Center Point, Iowa and grew up across town from her high school sweetheart, Jordan. They didn’t go far as they both attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, getting married just a month after graduating. They now live in Marion with their 1 year old daughter, Ella, and Golden Retriever, Millie. With a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a passion to teach and help others, Kaitlin is studying at the University of Iowa in the Masters of Teaching Science program. When she’s not in class or teaching piano lessons from her home, her favorite thing in life is staying home with her daughter. If she can ever find a spare minute, she also enjoys the outdoors, scrapbooking, cooking, party planning and German chocolate cake. Though life is jam-packed right now, she wouldn’t have it any other way!