Fun and Cheap DIY Party Decorations
I love parties, but I had no idea how expensive parties can be until I helped to host a friend’s bridal shower. HO. LY. COW. My friend (the sister of the groom) was worried about making everything fit into her budget of $500 for a party of 20 people. Those numbers don’t compute to me!
I’m all about finding the best ways to have the best time on a budget. And obviously, having a bridal shower without decorations wasn’t an option. It was time to find fun and cheap DIY party decorations! I helped my friend throw an amazing party (of which I WISH I had taken pictures!) for less than $50.
A lot of the super cute ideas that you see in party stores that cost an arm and a leg can all be made at home with a little creativity and a lot less money. Cheap DIY party decorations don’t have to be minimalist either. You can add a lot of glitz, glamor, and glitter all from the dollar store or the dollar bins at Target.
Here are my favorite ways to decorate for a party of any kind using things that you can get from the dollar store or you might even have them in your own home.
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Dollar store balloons and confetti make this sparkly party accent.
A little glitter and some glue can take a vase from drab to fab!
Birthday photo backdrops are super popular! This is a fun way to get a unique effect.
Do you have extra glass bottles lying around? Give them some color.
I love this one! It’s a focal point for the whole party made from things you keep in storage.
This tasseled garland is sure to be a huge hit. You can even make it from recycled tissue paper that’s seen better days!
So I’m a sucker for all things that glitter! But plastic cups are suddenly chic when you add some glitter to them! You could also replace the actual glitter with metallic or glitter spray paint if you want to avoid any potential glitter mess on your hands.
Don’t pay for expensive metal ice bins when you can just get these from the dollar store and spray paint them whatever color you’d want.
These tissue paper pom poms are my favorites! We actually made these for my friend’s shower and they turned out amazing on the first try. You could buy the premade ones for $10 for 2 of them, or you could make your own for $1 for 4 of them. Yup!
You can customize these signs to say whatever you want them to say. Plus, you make them from cardboard!
Cutlery can be so boring. Add a pop of color with some paint to liven it up! Without needing to pay for the expensive color-coordinating cutlery.
Who doesn’t love mason jars? There’s a ton of fun ways to add personality to a party with mason jars! This watermelon themed mason jar is so cute and could easily be made with things you have at home.
Little pops of color can go a long way. These dip-dyed cupcake liners prove that you can do very little work to get a big result.
Add some serious sparkle to your whole party with glitter-dipped balloons.
Plastic wine glasses get classier with the addition of some glitter!
Lessons learned: a little glitter and some glue can really take a party to the next level, and you don’t need to spend a small fortune on decorations that will (most likely) only get used once.
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What’s your usual party budget look like?
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