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Birthday Parties or any Parties in general can become very expensive, very fast! But planning ahead can save you a lot of time and money. When you are trying to save money but still want to have a nice party to remember you need to get creative! These ideas have worked for us.
1. Start a Birthday Storage Tote
This has helped us so much. Use a clear tote to store reusable items, games, favors, serving platters, decorations, etc. Right now we use a birthday tote and a party tote. In the future we’ll probably use two, one for the girls and one for the boys. Great place for birthday candles!
2. Similar Themes and/or Colors
Try to plan similar themes like Dinosaurs then Jungle Animals then Zoo Safari, anything where you can use items from a previous party. All three of those themes could use similar colors for servingware and decorations.
3. Buy Supplies on Sale
Always try to think ahead to future parties and look for sales and clearance items. Ever since we’ve started planning ahead, our parties have been stress free. We like to pick up a lot of items after holidays and during big sale times like Black Friday.
4. Party at Home
Our kids love Bounce Houses and going to those indoor play places to jump around. Those parties are expensive. The best investment we ever made was buying our own inflatable and having all the fun at home. This is the one we bought. It is fantastic with or without water and keeps the kids occupied for hours!
5. Make Your Own Cake Or Cupcakes
Or better yet, let your guests decorate their own cupcakes for an activity. I love to bake so making cakes and cupcakes is fun for me but if its not for you then try to ask a friend or family member. The last time we bought a birthday cake it was $20 for a small cake, I could have made a large cake for less than $10. Lesson learned.
6. Serve Pizza and Hot Dogs
Make another activity! Personal Pizzas! Let your guests add their own toppings. And kids love hot dogs. Don’t overthink party food. You don’t have to serve pizza and hot dogs, but the point is, Keep it Simple! And bonus creativity points if you serve food depending on what is on sale at your local grocery store.
7. Use Brown Paper for Covering Tables
We bought a big roll of thick brown paper for eating crabs four years ago, and we’re still using it. At the end of every party we just roll it up and throw it away. I sometimes dress up the tables with runners and mason jars full of anything but they really work well by themselves. And the kids can decorate and make a mess and no worries!
8. Make your own Favor Bags
Send them home with cookies or special homemade treats. We also keep an eye out for small toys and stickers on sale if they fit the theme. And if not, they can always be used around the holidays for stocking stuffers.
9. Make Your Own Decorations
Get your kids involved! Use what you have around the house and surf the internet. There are so many ideas online about DIY decorations. My favorite easy decoration to make is paper chain garlands. Have fun!
10. Don’t forget who the party is for!
Make a party you are proud of and that you can afford. Be proud of all your hard work. Let the kids have fun and don’t break the bank trying to entertain them. Kids have a tendency to make their own fun. Don’t try to impress other parents, its about the birthday boy or girl! Make sure they feel special on their special day!