I don't have much spare cash (who does in the run up to Christmas) so set myself a budget of £30 to throw the best party we could.
A party isn't a party without an invitation. I ordered these personalised ones from ebay for only £2.60 and they really set the mood. My friend said her son loved receiving an invite like this through the post :-) I asked everyone to come in their PJ's to make the evening feel more like a slumber party.
Setting the Scene
We bought these movie themed wall props for £2 from Ebay to put above our popcorn stand, dimmed the lights, lit the Christmas candles and turned the Christmas tree lights on. We were going to watch Elf but there was a last minute decision to change this to Arthur Christmas (not that we watched much of the film mind).
I borrowed Ashlie's idea of bringing Heidi's mattress downstairs and covered it with our Christmas blanket. This was so much more comfy for the kids than sitting on the floor and an easy way to create additional seating (all 5 of the older kids could comfortably fit on).
This was probably the most expensive part (but worth making the effort for) - I bought 4x Jam Jar glasses (with lids and straws so no spillages from the range for £2.99 each. They had chalk board labels on them so I could personalise them too. Heidi and the grown ups used some Christmas mugs I already had.
We cheated a little and bought two cartons of chocolate milk from sainsburys (£1 each) and popped in the slow cooker. After 1.5 hours it was at perfect drinking temperature for us.
You cant's watch a movie without popcorn! I bought two large bags of popcorn from sainsburys (again £1 each) and divided it into individual popcorn bags which were £1.69 inc p&p for 10 from ebay.
We also decided to cook hotdogs which worked out very inexpensive at £1.50 for 8 including buns! I couldn't resist these hotdog trays which were only £1.69 for 8 including delivery (also from ebay).
As a final treat I bought 5 bags of chocolate coins (worked out at £3.33) and ordered some personalised labels for them (£2). They went down very well with the kids :D
Our party lasted for 2 hours and it was super easy - all I needed to do was heat up some hotdogs and ladle hot chocolate into cups. We started the night with good intentions of watching the film....
.....but to be honest when the kids get together with their friends it always ends up a little crazy. We had the green goblin flying santa's sleigh, renditions of Jingle Bells, chocolate overdose, santa dressing up........it was all lots of fun and our evening was filled with lots of . The kids had a fantastic time and didn't want to leave and for me it was just SOOOO nice to catch up with my friends who I really don't see as much as I should.
Party invitations - £2.60
Movie wall props - £2
Jam Jar glasses - £12
Chocolate milk - £2
Popcorn - £2
Popcorn bags - £1.69
Hot dogs and buns - £1.50
Hot dog trays - £1.69
Chocolate coins and labels - £5.33
Total = £30.81
There were 3 adults, 5 children and 1 baby at our party. £30.81/8 = £3.85 per head! Wow what a bargain!
Christmas Party 2012
Christmas Party 2015
How will you be making time for your friends this Christmas?