The budget for a kids’ birthday party can quickly skyrocket if you don’t keep costs under control. Sure you want to create a memorable party for your child, but she will most likely have just as much fun with a simple party. Here are some ways to keep your kids’ party budget on track.
Choose the Location
The venue is one of the biggest factors in the cost. Throwing a party at home is often the cheapest option since you don’t have to pay for it. A local park is another cheap option. If you choose to have the party at a kids’ party venue, consider the options. Many places have different packages that allow you to control the budget.
As your child gets older, the guest list is likely to grow. She might have friends from playgroups, preschool, elementary school and the neighborhood. Your friends’ kids add even more to the list. Plus, you may feel obligated to invite children who invited your child to their parties. Don’t create your guest list out of guilt. Set a limit and stick with it. Or let your child choose who she invites.
Skip Paper Invites
Paper invitations are nice, but they’ll eventually just get tossed. Save yourself a few bucks by sending digital invitations instead. Or just send out an email. No one will judge you for your digital invites. You’ll save on the cost of the invitations and the postage.
In general, anything you do or make on your own will save you money. You can bake and decorate a cake for much less than a bakery would charge. Cooking your own party food is cheaper than hiring a caterer. Even making your own decorations can be more cost-effective than buying them. Making things yourself will take you extra time, but it will save money if that is your main priority.
Sure, kids expect party favors, but that doesn’t mean you have to give them out. The kids already get to enjoy the fun party activities. You don’t need to spend more money on trinkets and candy that their parents probably don’t want them to have anyway. If you don’t want to send the kids home empty handed, plan a party activity that gives them something to take home. They might decorate a picture frame to take home or paint a t-shirt, for example.