For my very first entry on Momspirations, I’m featuring the very cool Tina De Vega-Dulay. She’s my boss’ sister and a doting mother to Franco and a loving wife to Sadri. Franco just turned 2 and his Mama DIY-ed the party details. I asked her a few questions to help inspire other mommies out there to get crafty when planning your little tots’ parties, because it is cheap, fun and easy to do!
1. How did you come up with the theme of your party?
2. What made you decide on DIY-ing the party elements?
3. What were the challenges you faced in planning the party?
4. If you don’t mind, can you share the estimated cost of your party?
5. Do share your tips on how to create a themed DIY party.
- Decide on a theme first. Most common theme is your child’s favorite cartoon character. But you can also base your theme from your child’s favorite toy, favorite book to read, favorite color, etc. It can be anything under the sun. 🙂
- Once you have a theme in mind, go check out the web for party ideas. The internet has become my best friend over the last few months. You will be surprised on how many information you can get and apply to your child’s party! You can get pretty overwhelmed by all these wonderful ideas, so make sure you try to organize them. What I did was I created a folder in my laptop, then I just copy-pasted the pictures to that folder. I put all my ideas there so every time I need inspiration or ideas, I just open that particular folder.
- It may be tempting to do all the cool ideas you find on the web but you might end up not finishing everything on time and they might just look half-baked. So what I did was I just concentrated on DIY-ing 4 items – invitations, party banner, loot bags & photobooth. Some blogs I saw also featured a Toy Story themed food & drinks, party hats, games, etc. It’s really up to you, sky’s the limit! 🙂
- You don’t have to spend too much for your DIY materials. If you already have some art supplies at home, go check them first before buying. You will be surprised to find out that some of the materials you need are just lying around at your house. In my case, I only had to buy very few items at the bookstore since we have quite a good supply of art materials at home. You can also improvise – example, instead of buying cardboards, you may use old cereal boxes. I also wanted to try being eco-friendly so instead of buying the usual plastic loot bags at the malls, I improvised by using brown paperbags which I think is cooler and more personalized.
- You will encounter more and more ideas along the way, but always keep your focus. Remember, if you keep changing your mind, you won’t be able to finish a single thing. Don’t worry, as long as you do it with love, everything will turn out well! 😀
- Lastly, try to involve your spouse in the planning process. Delegating tasks is probably one of my weakest points. But you will be amazed at how many things you can accomplish if you get your spouse (and house helpers) to help you in the planning and execution. We all want to be supermoms but we can only do so much. 😀 And more importantly, try to enjoy the process. I did. 🙂