5 Money Saving Tips for Kid’s Birthday Parties
My youngest son turned 4 this week, which is just so surreal because these past 4 years have flown by. Is it just me, or does every year bring a bigger celebration, presents, and ultimately a more expensive celebration? Of course, I don’t want to limit the fun at the party since it is such a special day. Yet, like most of you, with more than one child and a tighter budget, I was determined to find ways to save, while still having a fun time!
Here are my tips for how to save money on a kid’s birthday party:
1. Enjoy cake, not a full meal. Pizza, sandwiches, veggie trays, etc can all add up, so stick to the basics of a great birthday party: cake and ice cream. Pick a time in mid morning or mid afternoon so your guests don’t expect a full lunch or dinner with the party. You can also write “cake and ice cream” on the invitation so guests know what to expect.
2. Don’t go overboard on a theme. Party themes are such a fun part of the party, but you don’t need every napkin, utensil, or balloon to have the same character. My son is really into Mickey Mouse right now, so I found some cute plates at Target to go with his party. But instead of buying the whole matching set, I was able to save by getting bright colored cups, napkins, balloons, streamers and forks at the dollar store.
3. Save on invitations by sending an evite. This is one of my favorite tips because party invitations can really add up in cost, but you can save a bundle by sending a free virtual card. Evite.com offers free online invitations, ecards, and even some party ideas. Personalize your online invitation with your own colors, images, and wording. If you still want to send a physical invitation, check Vistaprint.com for discounts or print your own from the comfort of your own home.
4. Make it crafty. Instead of giving out a goody bag, find a craft or party activity that will double as a party favor. Decorate cookies, make princess picture frames, paint wooden race cars, tie-dye shirts, the list goes on. Need ideas? Visit your local craft store like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby for inspiration and materials.
5. Do-it-yourself. If you like to bake, you can save on the cost of a cake from the bakery by making your own. Cupcakes are even easier (especially for those of us that aren’t the world’s best bakers!) or look into making your own Cake Pops. And if your birthday boy/girl isn’t crazy about cake, try making a giant cookie instead. This one is a hit, especially when you top it with ice cream!
Instead of buying cases of soda, make lemonade or punch to serve guests, and have your kids help in preparing. If you are giving out goody bags, make those yourself too, with stickers, candy or little items you can find at the dollar store. The more you can make or do yourself, the more you can end up saving in the end.
These are just a few of my ideas, but I know that many of you probably have some fantastic ideas as well. What other ideas do you have to help you save on a kid’s birthday party without cutting out the fun?
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