Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Guest Article: Child's Birthday Party on a Budget

The following post was written by Melissa C. who writes for the Blog Content Guild.

Throwing a Child’s Birthday Party on a Budget

Throwing a birthday party for your child doesn't mean you need to break the bank. There are lots of fun tips and tricks you can use that allow you to save money and will still allow for a memorable time!

First of all, if your child is very young, you don’t need to go out and buy a fancy cake from a bakery. These can be very expensive and, if your child is too young to even remember it, it is a waste of money. Many children love the Funfetti cake mix from Pillsbury that you can find at most grocery stores. You can make a fun cake yourself that will save a lot of money.

Instead of a cake, consider having cupcakes. You can make these yourself easily, or buy them from the bakery for usually cheaper than a cake. This takes the hassle out of having to cut a cake, and if your child is young they may enjoy playing with the cupcake far more than they would have enjoyed having a cake.

If you’re having a theme party, like a Mario party, save by buying minimal amounts of mario birthday party supplies. Instead, make some Mario-themed party-ware on your own. You can bake Mario-shaped cookies or a Mario cake.

Before heading to the store, survey what you already have with an eye for repurposing. If you have some leftover curling ribbon from Christmas, you could use it to tie around balloons. Similarly, some wire ribbon could help you decorate chairs and make the interior of your house colorful and welcoming.
Head to your local dollar store, especially goodie bag items. You can often find lots of stickers and small toys that you can put in small bags and tie with ribbons. It will look impressive to the children but won’t cost you an arm and a leg to assemble.

With some creative thinking and a little bit of planning, you can throw a great birthday party for your child without breaking the bank. Sometimes it could be easy to get caught up into the mentality nowadays of trying to have a birthday party better than any of the other children, but that’s not what is important. The important thing is to give your child a great, memorable time without stressing yourself out, and hopefully these tips will help you keep things in perspective and create a great celebration.


Dawn Conklin said...

Great post! It is funny I read the post today, my daughter's birthday is in 3 days :) I have usually been good with keeping the cost down myself.
We have had the parties in inexpensive places when the kids wanted to have their parties out of the house. Kids like bowling and they like McDonald's so having a party at one of these places is an inexpensive idea compared to the cost of places that specialize in kids parties.

Bonnie said...

I had my son's birthday party at a bowling alley for his sixth birthday. I spent less than $40 to have it there and the kids could bowl as much as they wanted during the party. I brought my own food and cake. My mom makes most of his cakes but that year we did buy a store bought one. I still spent around $20 for the cake.

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Dawn Conklin said...

When we had it at the local bowling alley, we paid I think it was around $80 but it included food, the bowling shoes and the bowling. They had the choice of hot dogs and pizza with a drink. I just had to bring the cake. We had around 10 kids so it really wasn't bad. Much better then some places :)

Jewelry Reviews said...

the most important we remember is his birthday only once a year, that I will do anything for them (sometimes) lol.

For sure, that's a little bit true..


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