We just got out of our family birthday season. From May through October we have a birthday every month. Between buying gifts and having parties our budget gets stretched in those months, and then we’re hit with the holidays. We throw our kids a small birthday party on a budget, but we also have some fun birthday traditions for kids that make them feel special on their big day.
Throw a birthday party on a budget
1. Be flexible
When you’re throwing your child’s birthday on a budget, you must have flexibility. Don’t think you must have whatever your theme is on everything at the party.
Pick three colors + theme. If you choose three colors and a theme and tie them together, you have a better chance of finding items you can use at the dollar store, Wal-Mart dollar bin, or the .99 target isle.
I know this is hard with PINTEREST at your fingertips, but remember you’re on a budget.
2. Dollar Tree/ Dollar Isle
Do you have a dollar store? I’m talking about the one that everything in it is a dollar. Check out what they have. You might not find your theme unless you are using something like sports, balloons, or something like that. What you will more than likely find though is things in the colors you choose that you can tie in with your theme.
3. Where to party
The cheapest place is either your home or a local park, but if you decide to rent a place consider renting something that offers entertainment. If you find a hall for $200 and jump place for $300 consider going with the jump house. You will be able to skip most decoration and only have to worry about cake, ice cream, and snacks.
If you’re going to be doing snack or lunch, think about that ahead of time. Don’t wait till a week or so before and start buying food. Buy it while it’s on sale and put it away until it’s time to party. By waiting you will have to pay the normal price and could be losing a pretty penny. Plus, if you start buying and putting away it’s less to buy right before the party.
If you plan to have lunch, make something simple like hot dogs. Remember your feeding kids. The truth be known all they care about is the cake and ice cream anyways. It doesn’t need to be fancy.
Make your own cake. I am no cake decorator, but I still make my kids cakes. Why would you pay $100+ for a cake when you can make one for yourself for under $10?
I don’t know where people come up with these things. There is no sense in doing goodie bags. You’re already providing the cake, ice cream, snacks/lunch, and drinks. Plus, as a mom, I do NOT want you to send my kids home with a bunch of candy in a bag, and those cute little toys you spent a fortune on only last a week. Just save your money.
Don’t invite everyone you know. Let your child ask a few friends that they actually know. There is no sense in inviting the entire county. Your child will be able to enjoy playing with their few guest and be just as happy. Also, if you have smaller kids like I do you’re going to need help supervising all them. either ask parents to stay or ask a few friends to help.
Giving your Kids Birthday On a Budget doesn’t mean you must have a lame party. You just have to be creative and realize it’s about your child not everything else.