Introduction to a Boy’s Party on a Budget
It is possible for mom and dad to give their young son the birthday party he wants and yet give their son a party with lasting impressions that is budget friendly. Figuratively speaking, having a birthday party for young boys on a budget is a piece of cake.
A Boy’s Fun Birthday Party in Hard Economic Times
Times are tough for tough for most of society, but in spite of the economy, young children do not understand mom and dad’s budgeting needs to keep the family above water financially. Young children still look forward to their birthday party every year and boys especially want something that their friends are going to remember coming to and having fun.
Get Your Son Involved in His Party
When our two boys were growing up we did not have a whole lot of money and my husband and I had to make every cent count. No matter what our budget was at the time of the birthday, we took the ideas the child wanted and incorporated these ideas in his party. If you do not do this or do something the child does not want, it could ruin an otherwise happy day for him.
Leave No Child Out
Each son had at least 30 kids in their class and we did not want any child left out, however we could not afford to invite 30 kids to a private birthday party. I made it a point to make cupcakes or a cake that served 30 children and I conspired with the teacher so I could bring in the treats for the whole class. The dollar store provided the cake mix and decorations and I picked up treat bags and a few treats for each child. I was able to do all of this for pennies.
Plan a Budget Friendly Young Boy’s Birthday Party
I planned birthday parties carefully for each of our three children. I set a limit on the number of children or son could invite and this depended upon our budget, usually not more than ten children were invited. I made cool invitations on our home computer, the birthday boy took the party invitations to school, and the teacher always handed them out after school. I used my own imagination to develop the invitations or I accessed free party invitation websites to glean information.
Depending upon the weather, we found it more appealing to the children to hold the party at a nearby park where there was a safe playground. If the weather did not cooperate, we had the party in our home and both ideas are freebees. However, some parks do charge for covered table use with paid reservations so check into your options before planning this destination. Do not pay to use a park. Invitations should read that the parents drop off their child at the party location and pick them up when it is time. Never volunteer to deliver children home, because of the price of automobile fuel. As a safety measure, ask friends and family to help you at the party and assign each child an adult who will watch over them. Mom cannot be everywhere nor do everything on her own.
I enjoy what a party store has in the way of decorations. Sales are good and items are below retail store prices. True dollar stores where all items are $1.00 or below is another excellent money saver. Buy decorations such as loads of balloons and streamers. Do not worry too much about theme decorations and use the theme for the cake, cupcakes or cake pops with a few table decorations thrown in. Boys are not as focused upon decorations as a mom would think. All they care about are the presents and their friends being there to celebrate his special day.
Kid Friendly Foods
Cake, cupcakes or wonderfully decorated cake pops can be homemade and the kids will love you. Use dollar store items to decorate. If you are planning for the children to eat lunch, buy what children enjoy the most and remember to keep it simple. Hot dogs, potato chips, cake and ice cream save you a bunch of money and depending upon the age of the boy keep condiments simple to ketchup, mustard and relish. Depending upon the budget, pizza and potato chips is another good option.
Never spend money on soda, instead fill a couple of large coolers with 100 percent fruit juice and one bottle of sprite, a healthier option then cans of pop. A mom on a budget does not have to serve a lunch venue. Have just chips, ice cream and cake, but explain on the invitation that the boy should have lunch before the party.
Treats and Games
- · Smaller children enjoy coloring or painting. Treat bags can be purchased at the dollar store and decorated by the child. Purchase enough treats for each bag and let the children fill their own bags before they go home
- · Children still enjoy the traditional pin the tail on the donkey
- · Children always enjoy piñatas and these can be made by mom or a family member and filled with penny candy and dollar toys
- · A time consuming game that children like is a scavenger hunt for a special prize. Scavenger hunts done in various ways according to the age of the children is always a popular game. If the child is old enough to read and follow directions or if the child just hunts for a bunch of items, such as plastic eggs
- · Purchase three or four gifts for party winners, again a true dollar store purchase saves mom a bunch of money
- · Search the library or internet for simple fun games for a boy’s birthday party.