Planning a young child’s birthday party can be an expensive endeavor. Our children are highly imaginative and have very specific themes in mind. I would like to share some tips on planning a great party on a tight budget.
We parents enjoy tremendous money-saving advantages that previous generations were not fortunate to have. We no longer have to spend an arm and a leg to provide our children with an amazing party. Our access to technology and the advent of low cost retailers has enabled us to find the lowest prices and has increased our ‘do it yourself’ options. That being said, the first step in planning your cost-effective birthday party is to come up with your budget. Make sure you stick to it! Constantly remind yourself of your budget so that you do not deviate. I know that if I do not set a budget for myself, and if I do not actively make sure that I adhere to my self-imposed limitations, I would empty entire shelves in my pursuit of the perfect party. Last August, my partner and I planned and executed our best and most cost saving birthday party for our daughter.
For our daughter’s birthday, she had her heart set on a Monster High themed party. My partner and I set our budget and went to work. With the Targets and Walmarts of the world, official character merchandise can be procured at a very low cost. We made sure to search the web for the best prices and promotions. To further minimize our party supplies costs, we supplemented Monster High decorations with some plain, generic items. We purchased some essential official merchandise such as table toppers and birthday banners. In addition, we purchased plain colored table clothes, napkins, cups, and utensils whose colors fit with the Monster High color scheme. This strategy enabled us to save over 45% versus a decor with all official merchandise, and yet it looked just as fabulous.
The perfect and most cost efficient party is so easy to accomplish. All you need is a little bit of mindful planning. There are so many more low cost options available to us than were available to previous generations of parents. Gone are the days when saving money on your child’s birthday meant replacing Mickey Mouse with Mikey Moose.