New Party Ideas

Staying safe at home right now makes it a little more challenging to celebrate special occasions with friends and loved ones, such as birthdays, graduation, and Mother’s Day. But, you know we love a challenge… and challenging doesn’t mean impossible. It just means you have to get a little more creative! Plus, you’ll have a fun activity to help bust a little boredom as well.

To keep the celebrations going while being apart, why not try out this drive-by party idea? Shop for decorations and party items online, or pick up a few $1 decorations and party items at your local Dollar Tree store while you’re out getting your everyday essentials. Next, deck out your car and drive by your friend’s or loved one’s house to show them how much you care. We’re showing you three ideas below for birthdays, graduation, and Mother’s Day, but there are tons of things you can celebrate with this drive-by idea, and Dollar Tree has party items to help you show the love. It’s a great way to remain connected even while we are social distancing — and an awesome way to make that special someone feel super special on their big day.

Mother’s Day Drive By!New Party Ideas

Shop In Stores or Online, Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Painter’s Tape
  • 54×104″ Table Covers
  • Assorted Artificial Floral Bushes
  • Assorted Pinwheels
  • Dress-Up Wings & Crown
  • Straw Hat
  • Poster Board Sheets
  • 78-pc. Die-Cut Paper Poster Letters
  • Glue Sticks
  • Poster Border Stickers
  • 2-pk. Streamers

Helpful Hints:

  1. Roll windows down slightly on passenger side to insert floral bushes and pinwheel sticks. Roll the windows back up to help secure. If you decide to not hold the pinwheels, use painter’s tape to secure the sticks to the windows for extra stability.
  2. Make table cover sashes by tying their ends to the car’s spoiler and to the base of the side-view mirror. Secure streamers to spoiler or car window with painter’s tape.
  3. Create a butterfly with wings and a hat by using elastic from wings to secure both to the side view mirror, making sure not to obscure the mirror.
  4. Poster board letters should be glued using a glue stick. Boards can be held or secured directly to the glass (only) with border stickers.

NOTE: This can be a big surprise, or you can call ahead so mom is looking out for your parade. This has only been road tested to 25 mph, so make sure to go slow! And, always follow safe driving and social distancing practices.

Don’t forget to leave mom a Colorful DIY Wreath and a Personalized Gift Basket on the doorstep!

Celebrate the Grads of 2020New Party Ideas

Shop In Stores or Online, Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Tri-Fold Display Board
  • Poster Board Sheets
  • Mini Clothespins
  • Poster Board Letter Stickers
  • 78-pc. Die-Cut Paper Poster Letters
  • Sharpie® Marker or Large Poster Markers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Utility Blade
  • Poster Border or Starburst Stickers
  • 4-pc. Decorative Tape Rolls
  • 25-ft. Diamond Braided Rope
  • Silver Plastic Catering Trays
  • Air-Filled Number Balloons
  • 30″ Gold Foil Gift Wrap
  • 2-pc. Deluxe Gold Bows with Ribbons
  • 10-pc. Glitter Grad Paper Cutouts
  • Multipack Latex Balloons
  • Tissue Tassel Garland (for Fringe)
  • 5-pc. Metallic Star Paper Cutouts
  • 3-pc. Hanging Grad Decorations

Helpful Hints:

  1. To create the “2020” banner, first use a utility knife to cut two 1/2″ X’s across the tops of the silver plastic catering trays, and thread the diamond braided rope through the X’s.
  2. Tape the foil number balloons to the front of the silver plastic trays. Secure the ends of the rope to your car’s spoiler or hatchback and the side-view mirror.
  3. Use the rest of the rope to create a balloon arch by tying latex balloons directly to the rope at intervals.
  4. Tuck the bottom of the star cutouts into the window pockets and secure tops. Secure other decorations to the car using painter’s tape on windows or trim.

NOTE: This can be a big surprise, or you can call ahead so your grad is looking out for your parade. This has only been road tested to 25 mph, so make sure to go slow! And, always follow safe driving and social distancing practices.

You can even take it one step further by creating a Grad Brag Board or putting congratulations signs on the lawn before you leave!

Big Birthday Surprise!New Party Ideas

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Painter’s Tape
  • Flag & Letter Banners
  • 2-pk. Streamers
  • Assorted Multipack Latex Balloons
  • 20-ct. Paper Plates
  • Rope or String
  • 78-pc. Paper Poster Letters
  • Glue Sticks

Helpful Hints:

  1. To create the personalized name banner, glue paper poster letters of the birthday guy’s/gal’s name to colorful paper plates and stick them to your car using painter’s tape.
  2. Tape “Happy Birthday” banners and flags to your car using painter’s tape. Secure the ends of the banners to your car’s spoiler or hatchback and the side-view mirror.
  3. Use rope or string to create mini balloon bundles by tying latex balloons directly to the rope in different bunches.
  4. Secure other decorations to the car using painter’s tape on windows or trim.

NOTE: This can be a big surprise, or you can call ahead so the birthday guy/gal is looking out for your parade. This has only been road tested to 25 mph, so make sure to go slow! And, always follow safe driving and social distancing practices

Don’t forget to leave a special birthday surprise on the doorstep, such as Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes or a Candy Bouquet!

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