Your child’s birthday is a special celebration for both you and your child. On the one hand, you ponder on the joy of being parents, while the children, on the other hand, are looking forward to all the fun, games, and gifts that they will have at their birthday party! Every parent wants to celebrate their kid’s birthday to the best of their ability. However, an event like this should not cost you a fortune, or stack up even more credit card debt. So here are some tips for you to host the upcoming birthday party on a budget.
Tips for a Budget Friendly Birthday Party
Your back yard is a convenient venue
Renting an extravagant venue can be a glamorous start to the birthday party. But, if you already have a decent sized back yard of your own, why not check out the feasibility of hosting the party there? If your home is not an option, try asking for a favor from a friend or family member. This will save you a few hundred dollars. If the weather permits, you can also reserve picnic tables or space at your local park. This may come with a small fee, or may even be free! At the end of the day, what matters most is that the kids have space to run around and just be kids. Keeping that in mind can help you cross out the expensive, extravagant venue choices that may dent your wallet.
Plan the party a little earlier than usual
You have an almost certain date in mind to host the birthday party. So work towards it a little early. The internet helps a great deal in narrowing down what kind of party you want to throw. And so many resources are available to help you add your personal touch to your kid’s birthday party. You can DIY decorations, game props, party snacks, and almost anything. All you need is a little bit of research and preparation. Trust me, you will feel a lot more accomplished once you see your creations! Pinterest & Etsy are some great places for you to receive inspiration & DIY help.
Want to stick with a theme? You can still do it without spending a fortune
Kids now have so many favorites and inspirations. While one might be madly in love with Princess Elsa, your little boy would want to go all out on his birthday with a star wars theme party. Party stores are geared to go all out for your kid’s birthday party with every possible theme birthday party packages. But it is also very costly. So how can you still stick with a budget? Some mixing & matching could do the trick. Instead of buying everything you need for the party from themed merchandise, you can bring in theme colored items to blend in with your overall theme. The dollar store is a great place to explore these options and still throw your baby’s dream birthday party at a much less cost.
Make a simple menu that you can make on your own
Choose a time of day where you can serve snacks and desserts instead of the main meal. That’s a good place to start cutting back on one of the biggest party expenses. Then start putting your culinary skills to the test. Bake your kid’s birthday cake this time instead of ordering it out. There are many tutorials online to help you create your own masterpiece. Here are a few budget-friendly items you can have on your food table.
- Homemade cupcakes to match the theme
- Colorful cookies
- An ice cream station with cones and sprinklers
- Kid friendly fruit kabobs
Set up fun and affordable games and activities
Games and activities that you plan to have at your kid’s birthday party can make or break the spirit of the day. However, the most awesome games don’t have to cost too much at all. Plan a fun scavenger hunt, a cookie decorating station, a craft table or finger painting station. When you plan these activities, make sure you plan it around kids of all ages who would come to the party. Try as much as possible to use the supplies from in and around your home. Ask around if you can borrow some things from friends before you go ahead with any purchases. And if you do have to buy things like paint, paper, and craft tools, start at the dollar store. There are plenty ways to entertain the young guests if you take the time to plan them out and add a little bit of your creativity.
These are a few ways you can think about before you plan your kid’s next birthday party. There are many more ways to be frugal and cut back on your next event. Cutting back on the cost does not mean you throw any less of a party! It means you are being responsible and making an effort to build a better future for your children. Stay within what you can afford, as there are many more important celebrations down the road.