Planning parties can be both fun and stressful. Often, parties start with some sort of theme, and then the party decorations follow. Unfortunately, it can become costly, quick! With that in mind, we’re going to show you how you can throw a fabulous party on a budget!

The key element to ensure you throw a party on a budget is to use items found at your local dollar store! We’ve searched high and low to not only find you some great products but a few awesome tutorials to help your party stand out.

1. Balloons

It doesn’t matter the celebration, balloons are always a good idea!  The dollar store carries a large assortment of different balloons that range in different colors, patterns, and shapes.

You don’t have to purchase over-priced balloons from a party store because you can achieve the same result from the dollar store! Further, some dollar stores even offer helium. PHOTOS AND PRODUCTS HERE: DOLLAR TREE

2. DIY Balloon Arch Tutorial

Want to make a big impact at your party? Create an epic balloon arch using this easy tutorial! This design hack will seriously have you looking like a professional party decorator!

All you’ll need are balloons, fishing line, a plastic needle, and a pump. Some of these materials you may already have on hand but if not, they can be found at the dollar store! While this tutorial uses pink balloons you can implement this same idea using any color to suit your party theme! You could even consider tucking in faux flowers or greenery in between the balloons. PHOTOS AND TUTORIAL HERE: PRISCILLA LOCKE

3. Table Cloths

An easy way to dress up a boring plastic folding table is to add a table cloth. Thankfully the dollar store carries tables clothes for both rectangular and circular tables.

They come in many different colors and are disposable. This means you won’t have to worry about ruining your own table cloths and it creates an easy clean up too. PHOTOS AND PRODUCTS HERE: DOLLAR TREE

4. Disposable Tableware

Once your tables are set up and the table cloths are in place it’s time to jazz up your table. The dollar store also carries a large assortment of disposable tableware.

You’ll be able to find everything from paper straws, cutlery, and even napkins and plates. Many of these items will be offered in different colors and patterns which means there is something for every type of party! Disposable products are a great idea for any party as it will alleviate some of the cleanup work for you. PHOTOS AND PRODUCTS HERE: DOLLAR TREE

5. DIY Gold Chargers

Are paper plates too boring for you? No problem! Jazz up your table setting and try this awesome tutorial to create your own gold chargers.

All you’ll need are plastic plates from the dollar store and a can of spray paint. You could implement this idea with gold or silver spray paint. Then once dry, set your table with your own dishware or top the chargers with paper plates from the dollar store. PHOTOS AND TUTORIAL HERE: REDHEAD CAN DECORATE

6. Faux Flowers & Greenery

Real flowers can be quite expensive especially if you order custom bouquets. A great way to add a touch of greenery to your space is to use faux flowers from the dollar store!

You’ll have an excellent selection to choose from. You can set the flowers in vases on the tables, add them to a balloon arch, or create a floral feature wall as seen in the next point. PHOTOS AND PRODUCTS HERE: DOLLAR TREE

7. DIY Floral Garland

Create a stunning floral garland feature for your party! This easy tutorial shows how faux greenery, faux flowers, twine, and a branch can come together to create this stunning feature piece.

You can use this garland merely as decoration but it would also make an amazing photobooth backdrop too! Simply change the flowers and greenery and adapt it to your party theme. PHOTOS AND TUTORIAL HERE: TEAL ARROW DESIGN

8. Streamers

Party streamers are another great decorative piece that can add a pop of color to your space! There are so many ways you can utilize streamers. You could hand them on the wall, string them across the food table, and so much more!

Thankfully many different colors of streamers can be found at the dollar store. They’re inexpensive and one roll will go a long way! PHOTOS AND PRODUCTS HERE: DOLLAR TREE

9. DIY Photo Backdrop: Party Streamers

Do you love party streamers but don’t know how to use them. String them across the food and gift table but also make this awesome photo backdrop!

This tutorial proves how easy it is to create a colorful backdrop using inexpensive materials. Simply string a pattern of colored streamers on a pole and set up a photo booth with props! PHOTOS AND TUTORIAL HERE: WEDDING WIRE

10. DIY Tissue Flowers

Channel your inner Martha Stewart and make these awesome tissue paper flowers! You’ll be happy to know that they come together quickly and are a heck of a lot easier to make than you think!

In addition to the easy instructions, all you’ll need is colored tissue paper, scissors, and a stapler. Further, this tutorial provides a few tips and tricks on how to create different textures within the flowers. PHOTOS AND TUTORIAL HERE: THE CRAFT PATCH

11. Dollar Store Slime Recipe

Every party needs some sort of fun activity! If you know children will be attending the party, make a few of these fun dollar store slime kits.

You could either prepare the slime ahead of time and hand them out as party favors or you could set up the kits as an activity and have the kids make their own. The fun thing about slime is it is totally customizable. Change the color or add sparkles – the options are endless! PHOTOS AND TUTORIAL HERE: LITTLE BINS FOR LITTLE HANDS

12. Trays & Platters

The food table is undoubtedly one of the most important parts of every party. However, you’re going to need serving platters to display the food.

Thankfully the dollar store has a large assortment of serving trays and platters. They often range from metallic silver and gold trays to clear plastics. Either way, you can serve delicious food without having to worry about your fine china breaking. PHOTOS AND PRODUCTS HERE: DOLLAR TREE


Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa loves experimenting with food of all cultures to make unique healthy dishes. When she’s not browsing Pinterest for new recipe inspiration she likes to pick up a DIY project and use her creative hands to make art or crafts. In her down time you can find her watching the latest documentaries on Netflix or going for nature walks.

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