By Jackie Raihl, Orange Specialist, TSA
I’m sure we’ve all had those days when we were looking through our (admittedly awesome) XP3 materials, reading up on everything we may need for our lesson, when we see “it” on the list. The dreaded “it” that brings up images of dollar signs, long clean-up times, and awkward dance moves.
When we see these words, we can often think that we just don’t have anything that will make our space a “celebration” zone. We might even have the physical space, there just may not be room in the budget to pull off the party of the century. But whether you have your own meeting room and an unlimited budget, or even just a table with a few streamers and some great attitudes, there’s always room for a party.
So, before you skip over any activities with the word “celebration” in them because of your budget, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Keep the celebration the main focus.
When we think of a party, it’s easy to lose sight of the main idea of the celebration and get lost in the details. While hanging cool lanterns, string lights, and using confetti cannons would be awesome, that’s not the point of the celebration. You can be just as effective with a few fun home-made signs, dollar store streamers and a party attitude.
- Recycle what you have.
Before going out and buying supplies, make sure to take stock of what you already have lurking in your storage closets. Do you have any random cartoon party supplies that were donated in 1996? Well look who is now throwing a cool retro bash. Did any of your children’s ministry kids have a birthday recently? Ask the parents if they have any leftover supplies they would be willing to part with. If all else fails, the dollar section of Target is usually filled with awesome (and cheap!) supplies. And if you still end up with no supplies…try changing up where you’re at? Go outside or switch rooms with another group for a change of scenery.
- Don’t be afraid to have a great time, even without party supplies.
Remember, as the leader you’ll be setting the tone for your party. When your students see you excited to celebrate them, they will definitely want to join in on your party mood. Your students will probably only notice the lack of party supplies if you mention it. Use this as an opportunity to show your students your fun and silly side…even if you may not have one.
I hope you have a great time celebrating with your students. Remember, it’s not the party supplies that make the celebration, it’s all of your people coming together for a time of fun and laughter. So party on!