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Low Budget Party Ideas to Beat the Winter Doldrums

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Low Budget Party Ideas to Beat the Winter Doldrums

With the holidays over, your children may find themselves a little bored and suffering from winter doldrums. This is a good time to throw a party. It’s a chance to help your kids learn how to entertain on a budget while having a bit of fun with friends and family. Short on a theme – or an excuse – to have a party and stir up some fun? Try one of these on for size.

Blah Buster

February is National Blah Buster Month. How appropriate. Let your children invite a few friends over for an afternoon of fun to drive away the winter blahs. This might be a good time to add a dress-up party or a costume party theme. Decorate with colorful balloons and crepe paper streamers. Check your closets for leftover birthday party supplies, and repurpose them. Remember, the idea is to have fun, so plan some games and crafts. Inexpensive solutions include blowing bubbles and making paper snowflakes to take home and put on the window. Kids can also decorate their own cookies with frosting and colored sprinkles to chase away the winter blahs.

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, falls on March 4 this year. Create a colorful event by using green, purple and gold party decorations. Decorate with balloons and matching plastic table cloths. Sparkly things and silliness are optional. Two popular choices for Mardi Gras party supplies are beads and masks. You can pick these up inexpensively at the discount store. Use them as themes for games, as party favors or as prizes. What to serve? One option is Cajun and spicy things, such as dirty rice and hot wings. Another option is to expand on the purple, green and gold theme with snacks or a buffet. Think in terms of jelly beans, green and purple grapes, green apples, kiwi, grape juice, blueberry pancakes and cornbread.

Hoodie Hoo

February 20th is National Hoodie Hoo Day. Its official purpose is to chase winter away to make room for springtime. At noon, everyone yells Hoodi-Hoo and makes noise. If you have little ones who aren’t in school, this is a fun way to break out of the winter doldrums. If your children are in school, the day and hour to holler and blow noisemakers can always be changed by official decree of parental executive decision – that would be you. Similar to a Blah Buster party, make it a family-friendly event. Brightly colored cups, plates and napkins will help you to promote the theme. Balloons are optional, but a plus for a festive atmosphere. Pick up some party blowouts at the discount store for guests to Hoodie-Hoo away the winter. Punch and cookies are a low-budget serving option. Pizza, cake and ice cream and colorful chips and salsa are other inexpensive options.

Nikki is an independent writer for Dollar Tree offers great deals on office supplies, party supplies and more.

Do you have a fun idea for a winter party?

Comeback Momma Siggy

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Saturday 1st of February 2014

Those masks are great! I love movie get togethers, warm food on a cold winter day!


Friday 31st of January 2014

Well, for me February 20 is my anniversary so I'll be celebrating but not Hoodie Hoo...hmmm, that just doesn't sound right, does it?

I do know that Dollar Tree has a world o'fun for kids.

Jenna Wood

Friday 31st of January 2014

Who doesn't love Dollar Tree? We do so much of our party planning there. Every Summer we have an 'Unbirthday Party' we get all the fun stuff from Dollar Tree,it's a great way to bust the vacation blues.

Amber Edwards

Friday 31st of January 2014

I am seriously fighting some serious Spring Fever! These would be perfect to help me through the last few months of winter without going stir crazy.


Friday 31st of January 2014

My mom was such an amazing party planner for things like this - simple easy crafts and games to make it amazing. This looks like a lot of fun. I would have loved this as a child. - Katy

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