As a mother of two girls, I have seen it all. From the lavish Pinterest worthy decorations to the hundred dollar cakes, parents seem to spend SO much money on their child’s birthday parties.
Here are five tips on how to maintain the fun, but not sacrifice hundreds of dollars.
Pick a free location
I can’t tell you how many parties we go to that are at Chucky Cheese or bounce-house themed establishments that cost a fortune! Most kids I know would be fine with a nice set up at a local park or even school playground. Don’t worry about the place, most kids really just love the get together with friends, cake and presents. Just make sure there is a bathroom and a garbage can.
Make what you can
There are hundreds of tutorials on how to make your own pinata or party games at relatively little or no cost, and are not that difficult to make. Get your girls involved in creating these weeks before. The girls will appreciate their creations and value them more than easily bought junk at the party store.
Cut the junk
Nearly every party we go to my kids leave with a bag full of junk that breaks that day, or is useless nonsense. Try skipping the party favors, or opt for buying each kid something useful like markers or a paint set. Parents will love you and the kids too.
Most parents and grandparents are willing to help out for the party if it means some healthier food options other than pizza or hot dogs. Ask guests to bring a small potluck item to cut costs on food, or have the party during a non-lunch or dinner time hours. Just doing cake and snacks at a party is more then enough.
Branch out on entertainment
Instead of spending hundreds on a hired clown or funny guitarist, look through your friend list and ask for help. Many funny uncles would more than love to dress-up for a party and entertain their nieces. Costume rentals and old Halloween costumes are great for keeping costs low in this department.
Overall, having a kids party doesn’t need to be an expensive, stressful production. Think back to your childhood; what was most awesome about your birthday parties? I’ll bet it wasn’t the most expensive…