Party Supplies: My go-to for party supplies used to be my local party store but the last couple of times I’ve left empty-handed. I now head to the Dollar Tree, especially for tropical décor/leis, filler for gift bags, Mardi Gras masks and beads, fun theme plates and napkins, and containers to hold gift bags and games. Sometimes they have bright neon colors, colors I normally wouldn’t pick, but the neon colors are perfect for a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom party, among others.
Art/Educational Supplies: Who knew? I certainly didn’t. The Dollar Tree is a grade school teacher’s dream come true. And if you’re a parent trying to find cheap and educational activities for your kids, boom, you’re set. I’ve found lots of great activity books, play passports, flash cards, stickers, glitter glue, googly eyes, and so much more. For less than a cup of coffee I can buy all sorts of fun and educational stuff and store it for a rainy day, snowy day, lazy day, or the kids are driving you nuts day. The play passports would be great for an It’s a Small World Party or a fun Around the World activity.
Children’s Books: The selection can be hit-or-miss and there are a lot of mediocre books, but I’ve found fun joke books, National Geographic animal books, and small nursery rhyme books perfect for little hands. One hide-and-seek book, where more is revealed after you turn the page, has a prince come to save a princess from a dragon. Turns out the princess doesn’t need saving (she’s throwing the dragon a birthday party) – no helpless princesses here! These books aren’t topping the Best of List anytime soon but they’re great for stocking stuffers and birthday treat bags, especially if you’re throwing a book themed party, such as a Super Why party.
Fun Bags: Are you taking a road trip or flying with your kiddos? Does the thought make you shudder? We pack a fun bag full of travel games, books, cards, activity books, coloring books, and other fun things to keep the kids entertained. One stop at the Dollar Tree and I can pick up a variety of fun new items to surprise, bribe, cajole, and ultimately keep the kids entertained.
Blog Props: Okay, so this one’s not for everyone, but I’ve found a couple good finds prop-wise at the Dollar Tree. They often have brightly colored ceramic dishes, towels, and other prop-worthy decorations. Do you need a brightly colored plate to highlight your latest Mexican creation? Check out the Dollar Tree.
Kitchen washcloths: When you have kids who make an insane mess at every meal you need lots of washcloths. I found some awesome ones that dry quickly so they don’t smell. I hate smelly washcloths. I bought two colors-one for washing kids and another for wiping up spills and cleaning counters. They’re cheap, durable, and perfect for messy kids.