How To DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Your Party Needs

My son recently celebrated his 4th birthday and we decided to do everything from food to packaging, to invitations and labels. Was every effort worth it? Yes. To see the overall birthday theme fall into place looked really pleasing to the eyes. The budget?  It was cut to more than half if we had pursued to go for packaged deals from party places and restaurants.

This post is for those moms who:

  • HAVE TIME to do print and cut (honestly, even if you don’t have time, if you want to cut the budget, you’ll definitely MAKE SOME TIME for this. =)
  • LOVE DIY projects
  • WANT to CONSIDER saving up some money
  • WANT to START A BUSINESS related to making party supplies

If you do not fall in any of those above, just enjoy and read through, I’ll have a list below of the possible places or people who can do these things for you whether you are in the US, the Philippines, or in Jeddah. =) Read on…


STEP 1: Choose a theme.

Based on experience, it has been easier to choose a theme for girls than boys. Girls just want to be PRINCESSES!! haha So, you may choose from any of the DISNEY characters like Cinderella, Rapunzel,  Elsa & Anna, Belle, etc., or from shows like Dr.McStuffins, Princess Sofia, and all the other cute characters.
For BOYS: Jake, Lego, Ben10, Handy Manny, Minions, etc.
For Weddings: You can start with the color or a setting like a beach, forest,  garden, etc

STEP 2. Search for an IMAGE.

Images can solve half of your problems already when decorating kiddie parties. Use the image for background on invitations, decorations, and all the other items you are going to use.
Sources for images: – free for personal use ,

Examples: (TIP: Choose an image with a space for the details)




STEP 3: Choose a FONT.

A font that is associated with the theme completes the kiddie party look.


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We used the Jake and the Neverland Pirates font for Jacob’s name.

FOR DESIGNING, you can use the following websites: Very easy to use,  just drag and drop.


If you still have time and resources, print LABELS and TAGS. You may stop at the tarpaulin/banner, invitation, but if you want to add more, then add labels and tags on each item that will be used in the event. Here, we just printed out the same theme and glued them on the meal boxes.

add labels on the covers of meal boxes
Attach a tag on giveaways. We used tag gun, put you can simply punch a hole or add a ribbon.
Print, fold, and staple on loot bags and giveaway bags.

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Water bottles would look really great with the theme on them.

These are just examples of where you can place the labels. You can even put decorations on chairs, tables, spoons and forks, table napkins, etc.

  • TIME: Buy all the necessary supplies 3 months before. You can cut every weekend. Even 10-30 minutes of cutting could finish all these in 3 months preparation.
  • MANPOWER: Just print everything and ask other people to cut them for you. They would really love to help. You can ask people to attach the labels, just show them how.
  • If you are low on budget, search for old items you can use for decorations. There are so many items in the house you can use for decorating a party like a vase, some thin old blankets that can be dyed and used as backgrounds or table covers.
  • Use ONLINE invitation. Design one invitation and use FB messenger or email to invite online.
  • You can also use color instead of a character theme. This way, you can just add the theme’s color or ribbons on the items. See this example below.
blue themed party. Using blue cartolina/ paper

I hope these ideas can help moms prepare their kid’s birthday party. If you’d rather ask people to do it for you for some personal reasons then here are some recommended links:


Reverielanedesigns –

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Timmy R. - – Location: Dasmarinas, Philippines

Airah P. – or visit her blog:

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Marty Miggy– Pins and Prints

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19 thoughts on “How To DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Your Party Needs

  1. My daughter is turning 3 in a few months and I’m planning a special birthday party for her. Hihi! We will probably go with a Disney theme; I see you chose Jake and the Neverland Pirates!

  2. This is so helpful! I also DIY-ed the giveaways for my son’s 1st birthday last year. It’s a lot of work but it really saves a lot of money. And it’s fun because I love crafting. This reminds me, I should get started for this year’s party. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. I love it! My son is turning 4 in a few weeks but we’ll not be holding a party for him (he does not like them — maybe when he gets older). I did DIY his first birthday and your tips are awesome!

  4. Very timely. Been looking for pegs for my son’s first bday on August. I guess I could DIY some especially the decor and giveaways. Nice one on the bottled drink. Didn’t think about that. Thanks.

  5. I love DIY!!! Sarap ng feeling when people seem surprised na DIY lang lang party. Be warned though that sometimes, mas magastos ang DIY. We have to count our time and ask how much our swelled could have been. But if it’s something that makes us happy (not stressed and angry), go go go! 🙂

    1. Yes, it can be costly talaga minsan because the craft materials can be expensive. One really has to choose materials available at home if possible. =)

  6. Thanks for the tips! The last attempt I made on DIY-ing a party was two years ago when my son turned 3. I don’t DIY much so I felt like it was a lot of work. But I have to say it was also highly rewarding. 🙂

    1. It can really be rewarding. I also felt it was a lot of work when things get done at the same month or week…but when done earlier, which is what I’ll do next time, It’ll be less stressful. =)

  7. I just LOVE parties and now that I’m retired…I have the time!! I just gave a party for my Kitties’ 2nd birthday. My invitations said, “The Quads Turn 2!” I researched on line how to make fondant and after watching the process for 4-5 times, gave it a try. For a “first timer” my “mouse” cake covered w/ yellow fondant and made to look like a block of cheese looked impressive!! The kids lit candles and we all sang “Happy Birthday, dear Kitties.” All ages enjoyed the festivities!!

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