She just recently threw her daughter a Pirate Party and made it look so easy.
I asked Melissa to share her best kept secrets, and here's what she said...
Ahoy Buckeneers! I love a good challenge! Don't you?! My "challenge" on this Pirate Party was the fact that I needed to STICK to a strict budget (not easy to do with my creative mind).
My daughter is a lover of pirates, Izzy from Jake and the Neverland Pirates to be specific. I knew that I wanted to have a quality party and less quantity (of children) which is something "we" don't do that often! I told our daughter that she could invite 5 other girls (besides herself and her sister). What I would love to share with you today are my top 5 Pirate Party Budget Challenges and their solutions!
1. Challenge: Cover the white plastic outdoor chairs for the party table
HIGH END: White fabric pre-made chair covers (not in the budget).
BUDGET: White plastic rectangle tablecloths from the Dollar Store (didn't break the bank). You only need 1 tablecloth per 2 chairs - cutting them in 1/2 - Solution! (I also splurged on 2 rolls of black crepe paper at the same store to tie around them.)
Challenge - Venue drapery covering to cover the green tents we had up
HIGH END: Bakery made cake (my opinion - so much cake gets wasted as the children really only eat the frosting).
BUDGET: Store bought 1 layer cake used to make into Cannonball Cake Balls - sticking with a pirate theme, cannonballs seemed appropriate. Chocolate and red chocolate melts. I used reusable Push Up Pop containers to showcase them. Solution!Challenge - Quality goody bag items that will not be lost in the bottom of the Mini Van!
HIGH END: Fill with a lot of little trinkets that somehow end up at the bottom of the minivan never to be seen again - money wasted.
BUDGET: I try to find something that goes with the theme that the guest will keep for a while. In this case I found bottlecap Izzy necklaces with the chain on Etzy - less than $ 3.00 per necklace. The bags themselves I found at Hobby Lobby's after Christmas sale (red & white polka dots) for 80% off, less than $2.00 for 10 of them! I would have spent more than that on little trinket stuff that would never be seen again. Solution!Challenge - Craft that are higher end for less price
My advice on crafts, find something that can be showcased in your guests' own homes or something that they can keep and use to remember the party. In this case, I rummaged thru the clearance rack at Michael's and found these good sized pirate banks to be painted for $0.77 each! They were behind a lot of other items and I had to search to find 8 that were not broken. Success!
Thank you, Melissa, for these smart tips. A little common sense and ingenuity go a long way to throwing a great party.