Most mom’s can barely say the words “Birthday Party” before they have spent $200 or more. Planning your child’s birthday party doesn’t usually lend itself to money saving tips and tricks since no one wants to cut corners on their child’s special day. Fortunately, there are many great ways to save money without taking the fun out of the party!!!!!! I PROMISE!!!
Stick to cake and ice cream!
Fruit and veggie trays, sandwich fixings or pizza orders quickly add up. Plan your child’s birthday party in the afternoon, after lunch but before dinner, and be sure to mention the words “cake and ice cream” on the invitation so no one expects a full meal. Easily $20-$40 saved depending on number of guests
Do it yourself
While I understand it is easier to let a party location handle goody bags or food, or to head out and order a cake, you’ll end up spending more money and not saving yourself that much time honestly. Make a cake the night before, have your child help with goody bags, and make lemonade instead of buying cases of soda. By doing things yourself that you might have paid someone else to handle, you’re sure to save money. These are money saving tips that can go beyond just goody bags and refreshments — follow that do-it-yourself mindset in everything you do. For some that say they aren’t crafty RELAX you can do it!!! Easily $20-$60 saved depending on number of guests ( Also see below for NO goody bag option)
Skip the amusement parks/locations/etc
Instead of shelling out the big bucks for an amusement park or an indoor arcade or play place, consider a party at home. Renting a bouncy castle, putting out the Slip ‘n Slide or playing more traditional party games is substantially less expensive, yet still makes for a great birthday party. Work with your theme for the party…EX. If it’s a Tea Party have the girls make their own glasses of tea, paint a pretty crown, or play dress up. Work with items you have around your house to keep costs down. Easily $40-$100 saved depending on number of guests
Don’t invite your child’s whole class
This money saving tip is one of the quickest ways to trim your party bill. Having a large classroom-size birthday party might work for some families, but don’t feel pressured to make this a regular occurrence. Instead, allow one large birthday party for those special occasions (such as the big 10, 13, sweet 16 etc) and then keep other parties to a smaller crowd that you feel comfortable with. You can do more with the kids without spending a fortune. Easily $20-$50 saved depending on number of guests
Send home one small prize only
Goody bag gifts end up here, there and everywhere. Don’t waste your money on candy, small games and toys. Instead, pick one item that goes with the party’s theme and send that home instead. Are you having a Go, Diego, Go birthday party? Purchase a Beanie Baby to go along with the rain forest theme. Other moms will appreciate that you aren’t just sending home more clutter! Easily $20-$40 saved depending on number of guests. Think about it! You pack a goody bag and fill it with multiple items you can easily spend anywhere from $5-$8 per bag. Why not but one nice toy for that amount or less and save clutter and time!!! NO making up bags! ( If you choose this option)
Saving money by NO MEANS takes all the fun out of parties or planning. It is meant to make it easier, and most cost effective! REMEMBER……..YOU NEED TO ENJOY YOUR CHILD’S BIRTHDAY PARTY AS WELL!!!!
Handpainted favor boxes! $4 for a pack of 6. You and your child could paint them together for a great favor for guests as well as a keepsake!
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Have a blessed day!