There’s nothing better than a family get together, especially for a fun shrimp hoil. I absolutely adore my family and love getting together with my parents. Of course, they only live a few miles down the road and, well, I see them multiple times every day either at their farm or here at mine. But getting together for dinner is always something more special than the usual daily drive-in.
I was given $100 to spend at Party City to create a fun summer party. I knew I could definitely handle a shrimp boil party decorations on a budget. Party City is revamping their stores making things easier for shoppers with new lower shelving and new aisle layout. I love their new curbside pickup and free same day delivery too.
Here’s how I spend my $100 for my shrimp boil party on a budget:
Balloons. Balloons can be incorporated so simply into any party. I am going to be really honest with you, I currently have a love/hate relationship with balloons. I ordered my balloons online through Party City’s website so I could do their new curbside pickup. I decided I needed to grab a few more items for my party so I went on in the store and thought I might as well pick up my balloons while inside.
The new separate balloon service at Party City is so handy. The balloon bar is away from the cash registers making service to fast and easy ordering and picking up balloons. I had just ordered my balloons an hour before and they were already filled with helium and ready for pickup. So, here I go out the door with a handful of beautiful red and white balloons not thinking about how windy it had gotten on this day.
I love the pic of my mom below with the balloons and kitty playing with the string.
I feel like the clown from the movie It in the picture below. LOL
So windy! Here I am in the parking lot looking like a crazy woman trying to shove my balloons in the back seat of my pickup. I was about to lose a few so I just started shoving as the wind is fighting against me. And then the popping starts! Apparently, the back seat of my truck wasn’t large enough for so many balloons and some started to pop. Or it could have been my son’s metal cleats I didn’t realize were laying in the seat. Luckily most of them survived!
Pro tip: Take trash bags or a net to secure your balloons in a bundle.
I really wanted to keep the balloons simple. I taped together five for each side of my backdrop. I staggered different colors and taped the strings together and then secured them on the back of the herb garden box. If it’s a windy day I would suggest using a strong pole to secure them to so they don’t sway so badly. Lucky for me this was not a windy day!
Decorations. The sky is the limit when it comes to decorations at Party City! I am a less is more type of person. I like to keep things classic and simple. Balloons can be a huge part of your decorations.
Party City has the cutest seafood themed decorations. They were absolute perfection for a shrimp boil party. The tray I got at Party City for the food was the perfect centerpiece.
Tableware. Party City has tableware in every color imaginable. You can even find themed tableware. I kept it simple with blue cutlery and plates.
They had a seafood themed tablecloth and napkins that were the perfect addition to my tables cape.
Food. The food can be as simple or off-the-wall as you prefer. I love cooking this crockpot shrimp boil recipe. It’s so simple and easy to make. It’s not traditional shrimp boil but it’s perfect for a small family gathering. And it’s delicious!
My mom made some cute individual jello cups to go with our seafood/water theme. She was going to put Swedish fish in the middle of them but apparently this pandemic has caused an influx of people buying them… I dunno. So, I grabbed some gummy worms at Party City and we laid them over the sides of the glass. It worked… Every time I buy gummies I think of their reviews on Amazon here. I seriously die laughing every darn time!
Party City has so many different themes and options to make any party special and stay within a budget. They are always my top pick whether shopping online or in-store for party supplies.
How do you stay within a budget for your parties? Comment below and share with us!