Unless you are a master at throwing parties, you may have trouble planning your kids’ birthday parties since there are many things you have to deal with, such as where will the party take place? How many children should you invite? What will be the entertainment? And most of all, how much will it all cost?
Actually, there are many birthday parties that are awesome but don’t require a huge amount of money. Some of the best birthday parties are simple, DIY celebrations. The thing you need to do here is to think about the activities your child enjoys doing and then try to come up with birthday party ideas that can include his or her hobby. In this article, we will provide you with some helpful tips for throwing a kids’ party at a low cost.
Check out the dollar stores
Dollar store is the perfect place for you to purchase stuff for the party such as plastic tablecloth, cups, plates, cutlery, and streamers since you can get them at only $1 per piece. If you go to other stores you may have to spend a lot more money than that. And it’s so not necessary since you will only use these things for once. If you don’t plan to have a birthday party with a special theme, plastic things at the dollar stores are good enough.
Make a budget and stick to it
When your child is still a little kid (probably under 4 years old), you can save a lot of money with smaller parties with just family members and a few close friends. Thus, you may also not need many party favors or decorations. When your children are more than 5 years old, they may want to have a bigger party, especially children with older siblings. That’s why it’s important to set a budget for all your children.
Even if your kids don’t exactly understand how much cupcakes and decorations cost, and so on, they can understand fairness. For example, you can tell them that their birthday party will cost $100 or less based on your financial status. That way you won’t have to worry about your kids competing. Planning a budget also helps you avoid getting too hyped and spending more money than you have because you want your kids to compete with other kids.
Buy solid colored paper products
If you are on a tight budget, go with the plain color is a perfect way to save money because they are much cheaper. Another suggestion would be to buy solid colored dinner plates, napkins, and cups, then you can spring for the expensive themed plates for dessert (if anything). Also, pick the white or clear plastic silverware. You can purchase them in bulk and don’t forget to use the extras for school lunches, picnics, or big family dinners.
Go with FREE themed party printables
Although Etsy offers some cute themes party printables online, look for the free ones instead. You can actually find many different party printable packages including invitations, birthday banners, water bottle labels, favor tags, food cards, and cupcake toppers.
Don’t compete with other parents
Don’t fall into this trap because once your kids know that you feel the need to compete with other parents, they will want to compete with other kids. As they get older, they will absolutely want to have what their friends have, but if you talk to your kids about your budget and how each kid is different when they are younger, you will have an easier time when they get older.
If you are a kind who likes to compete, you will have to spend tons of money because there will always be parents who can throw their kids more expensive parties than you can throw for your own kids. But how great your party is not based on how much money you spend. You can also ask other parents to your advantage if you have friends who have specific talents (for example, ask a friend to sing or dance at your party or have a family member lead a game.)
Focus on what your kids like
After all, the true meaning of a birthday party is your children’s happiness. That’s why it’s important to focus on what your kids like. You can make a special birthday party for your kids without having to spend too much money. For example, if your kid likes superheroes, make a superhero party. If your child likes camping, host a daytime tent party in your backyard and toast s’ mores over a fire pit.
The most memorable parties are the ones where the birthday boy or girl has the best time, and focusing on your kid’s interests will play a much more important part in the success of his or her party than how much money you spend.
Make DIY things
You can save money by making party favors, cupcakes, or decorations yourself. Even if you are far from being domestically-inclined, even making one part of the necessary birthday items yourself will save you money. Pinterest is an ideal place to look for birthday ideas.
You can easily make things based on your child’s hobby. For example, if your child is into angry birds, you could make your own tower for the kids to knock over, angry-bird themed snacks and even color balloons for an angry bird toss. You can find many interesting ideas from store sites, but you can actually make them easily at home yourself and doing that will help you save a lot of money. You can also make your own invitations or sending e-vites will also save you money.
Skip the party favors
Some birthday parties give kids who attend a bag full of candy and small prizes, but it isn’t really necessary. Candy can be very expensive when buying in bulk. Either skip favor bags entirely or try to purchase one small toy for each kid from the $1 bins at Target or Dollar General.