You don’t have to break the bank to celebrate a loved one’s birthday. A friend of mine recently learned her lesson after booking and then cancelling with a national well known doll boutique that provides extravagant and expensive birthday parties. When you are talking about a few 6 year old girls, she just couldn’t justify the expense knowing there had to be ways to have a successful party at half the cost.
For 6 girls and two adults (you have to pay for any adults that sit down), a party for 60 minutes was going to cost her $356 less tax and gratuity! Not to mention if a parent decided to crash the party, she would have had to foot their attendance as well. As a result she knew with a little work she could give her daughter the tea party she was looking for at a fraction of the cost.
In her particular situation, she was planning a girl’s party, but the tips she suggests can transfer to all types of parties.
Birthday Parties On A Budget
- Shop at second hand stores and dollar stores for your tea accessories, goody bags and any paper products. There are many treasures you can find that will do the trick for very little money.
- Make your own decorations. Does your daughter have a craft table? There are loads of items you can use to make decorations with. You can customize sizes, shapes, colors, etc to be the perfect match for your party.
- If you plan on having a craft at the party, this too can be done inexpensively and you may even be able to use what you already have in your home. If not, you can get a simple craft at a local craft store or even at a thrift shop or dollar store.
- Make your own entertainment; no need to pay for it. There are many games you can find on line that will cost you nothing and the kids will really love it – 2-3 games is all you need.
- For less than $10, you can make your own birthday cake. Average cost of a supermarket cake is $25 dollars.
- And food: a must have at any party, but can be done simply, cheaply and elegantly with a little bit of creativity. A little can go a long way as long as you pick the right party food items. Consider the theme of the party and the age group and then decide on the menu. For her daughter’s party, she had PB&J and grilled cheese tea sandwiches with the crusts cut off, a small chocolate fountain with treats to dip, homemade cookies and of course decaffeinated tea.
No sense in getting into credit card debt on a lavish birthday party, your child will remember your thoughtfulness more than material things.
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