Tip: Party Decor on the Cheap

I really like doing the decorations for parties at work (or any party, for that matter!). But there is no party decor budget for these things so I have to keep my budget to the amount I would spend on a gift or food. I limit myself to $30 for decor for 40-50 people (and that includes handmade invitations). Here are the tricks I use to maintain cuteness without spending much money.

Tip 1: I keep an assortment of glass jars (free, cheap or thrifted). The dollar store is a great place to find these or you can recycle your pasta sauce jars, etc. Based on the party's color scheme, I roll up pieces of pretty paper and stick them in the jars. You could stop there or you can use the jars as vases, which is what I usually do. I like to do paper flowerscoffee filter flowers or use cupcake toppers as fillers. These flowers all take more time than money. 

Tip 2: I also put small jars of mints/candies out on the tables. I just wrap the jars in coordinating ribbon, paper or yarn. So easy!
Tip 3: Tin cans are my signature decor (also perfect for gifting!) Again, wrap the tin in coordinating paper and add embellishments. Or you can spray paint the tins. 

Tip 4: Buy packs of paper doilies in a couple of different sizes. Very inexpensive and instantly dresses up your table. I slip them under the vases/jars/centerpieces. It helps fill the table out.

Tip 5: Make your own oversized confetti to spread on the table. I use a cutting machine or a craft punch to make big confetti, which also helps fill the table out.
Tip 6: Use cheap, white plastic tablecloths for your base. Dress the tables up with fabric runners. A yard of fabric (or a thrifted curtain, sheet, etc) goes a long way when cut into runners. I just leave the ends frayed,  no need to sew. You will be surprised how often you will reuse the fabric! A big trick I have learned about fabric - when deciding on your color scheme, start with the fabric. That's where you get the biggest wow factor for a tiny amount of money. Then you just take your cues from the fabric when deciding on paper/ribbon/yarn for your other decor. 
Tip 7: I use my Cricut or Silhouette Cameo (cutting machines) in a big way. I always cut out paper signs and shapes. These give a big impact for next-to-nothing cost.

I have other party decor tips but I bet you are tired of reading at this point! :)

All of the orange/yellow decor in this post cost me nothing! Well, technically I bought some of the paper and jars but that was a long time ago. I did all of these easy decorations the night before the party (it was a small party).

Do you have any inexpensive decorating tips?


  1. Those are wonderfull and helpfull ideas! I´d love to have a cutting machine, it seems to simplify your crafting life.Doesn´t it?
    Love the colour scheme you used in this particular party♥
    XXOO Olga♥
    El tocador de Cenicienta

  2. This is so great. I'm always looking for new ways to be resourceful with decorating!

  3. What novel ideas! I'd never have thought that such simple items can have such a big impact. LOVE! Thanks for sharing!


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