You’d be hard-pressed to find a child that wouldn’t enjoy a Disney-themed birthday party. The Magic Kingdom specializes in magic moments, and when it comes to Disney-inspired themes the sky’s the limit! Whether it’s a Beauty and the Beast party or a basic Mickey and Minnie theme, you’ll find oodles of inspiration out there. At the same time, it’s all too easy to go overboard with Disney decorations and accessories, which can do a real number on your wallet. Here are a few tips to make this theme work when you’re on a budget.
6 Money-Saving Tips for a Disney-Themed Birthday Party
- Recycle old decorations whenever possible
If you’re already a Disney devotee, the chances are good that you have a few decorative items lying around the house. Whether it’s Mickey ears or Frozen figurines, don’t let these go to waste. You can incorporate souvenirs from old trips to Disneyworld into your current party decorations! The same applies to old Funidelia Halloween costumes with a Disney theme, pull them out of storage and get festive.
- Go paperless or use free printables
Don’t spend money on elaborate invitations – instead, an Evite will do. If you’re set on sending out themed invites, you can look for free printables online. Pinterest is a great place to start your search!
- Make it a dress-up party
There’s nothing little girls love more than getting the chance to wear fancy dresses, which works well for a Disney Princess party. The bonus of a dress-up party is that you don’t have to spend a bundle to offer lively entertainment for your guests. Invest in a few basic dress-up activities and pin up a magic castle backdrop to create your very own photo booth. Take pictures and email them to guests later, so that they have a memento of the party.
- Make it a dance party
Another way to provide wallet-friendly entertainment is to throw a Disney dance party. You’ll find plenty of online playlists with all the greatest Disney hits. Blast one of these, and host your very own dance-off! Another idea is to play musical statues with Disney songs. Put on the soundtrack of your choice and stop it every so often. When the music stops, little ones must hit the floor or freeze in place. If you want to take it one step further, why not get a Cap Marquees Marquee, and decorate it like the Magic Kingdom for your little ones!
- Keep refreshments to cake and ice cream
Sure, you could splash out on a full buffet spread for your guests. But chances are, children are looking forward to the good stuff: the cake and ice cream! If you time your party right, you can get away with just cake, ice cream, and a few nibbles rather than having to cater a full lunch. Aim for a party that starts at 2 pm, so it falls between lunch and dinner. This will give you a bit more cash to splurge on a whopper of a Disney cake.
- Stuff party bags with DIY crafts
Party bags are not required, but if you decide you don’t want your guests to leave empty-handed, you can fill their bags with things they make themselves. Throw an arts and crafts or tie-dye party that lets kids have fun and leave with something to remind them of the good times. You can also check your local dollar store –or voucher shops you never know what Disney-themed bargains you might uncover!
You may also want to look into discount codes for gifts and toys to save on the celebration.