Do you love sharing your love for Disney with your friends and family? I sure do! Since I like to spend my extra money at Disney creating memories, my Disney parties need to be frugal while still showing my #Disneyside! I don’t skimp on party experiences or food and still end up with a pretty epic party! This is my money saving guide to How to Host a Frugal Disney Party!
How to Host a Frugal Disney Party
- Set a Budget. Being frugal doesn’t mean you can’t throw a party that costs. Being frugal means not spending more than you have. Your budget can be as low as $20 or as much as $2,000. Once you set your budget, stick to it. Be sure to make sure all party expenses are accounted for such as: food, decor, favors, etc. Once you have a list of everything you’ll need for the party, determine a realistic estimate of how much everything will cost. If it turns out that during your party shopping you discover that certain items cost more than you had expected, balance your budget by eliminating other items you can do without.
- Think small. One problem I have planning a party is going overboard on favors and menu. I always end up making enough food to feed 3 to 4 times my party size. That can get pricey. I also need to remember that favors don’t need to be small presents, just small tokens of appreciation.
- Figure out the cost of Homemade vs. Store Bought. I don’t know about you, but sometimes my DIY projects end up costing way more than if I just bought the item from the store. Don’t forget to factor in time as a cost factor.
- Ditch Paper Invites. Though it can be cute and crafty to make invites for birthday parties and other get-togethers, it can be pricey. Most people today are online and don’t mind getting invites that way, unless it is a wedding or other significant event. The easiest way is to set up a Facebook event.
- Decide the pros and cons of disposable dishes. Just because a party is Disney themed, does not mean Disney characters have to be one every piece of decor and tableware. Paper plates and cups make cleanup a snap, but they cost more than using the dishes in your cupboard. Look at your budget and decide which option makes the most sense for your party. If you don’t have enough matching dishware, don’t let that worry you. Mix-and-match plates, bowls and glasses can look trendy and festive.
- Accept donations. Most people invited to a party ask if they can bring something. Remember that budget and list you made in the beginning, ask them to bring something on that list. That leaves you the time and money to concentrate on the big wow items, instead of making sure you have enough items for a full table.
- Get Party Decor at the Target Dollar Spot and the The Dollar Tree. These places have a great selection of Disney items for decor and favors. Still stick to your budget. I usually check out the offerings at the stores before I make my list.
- Check out Pinterest. I have a Disney Party Ideas board that has a lot of different ideas, many come with free printables. I like how people get so creative and use everyday foods and objects to create a Disney themed party. Follow Pixie Dust Savings | Disney & Frugal Living’s board Disney Party Ideas on Pinterest.
- Ditch some Disney licensed items. For example, if you are having a Frozen themed party Anna, Elsa, and Olaf don’t need to be everywhere. Use lots of generic snow and ice themed items. If something is Disney licensed it usually means a higher cost. Think outside of the party isle at the store. Below is a quote from the movie Frozen, but I just used some wintery scrapbook paper as a background.
- Time the party right. Have a party after dinner and just serve desserts. Have a children’s party in the afternoon, after lunch and have it end before dinner and then just serve cake. You could also do a breakfast party, breakfast food usually has a lower price point. Nothing beats a pancake bar!
- Stream music. Use a streaming service like, Pandora to get tunes for your Disney party. They have a Disney music station. You can also use YouTube for karaoke.