The method of partially invariant solutions of PDE systems was introduced by Ovsiannikov as a generalization of the classical similarity analysis. It offers a possibility to calculate exact solutions possessing a higher degree of freedom than similarity solutions. Ovsiannikov's algorithm, however, is somewhat hard to apply because one has to deal with three equation systems derived from the original PDE system. By means of the two-dimensional Euler equations, we show how the algorithm can be essentially simplified if classical similarity solutions are already known. Further, we prove a necessary criterion for the simplified algorithm to be senseful.