Budgets and throwing a birthday party for a young girl don’t go together, in theory. Young girls often have birthday fantasies that can be expensive and unrealistic. A young girl’s birthday party can be a huge success and can be managed to fit a tight budget. As a parent, we can throw an awesome birthday party, be our little girl’s hero, and not empty our bank accounts.
My daughter wanted to have her birthday party at a waterpark. Even in the sunny south, most water parks are not open until May so that did not make a lot of sense. I was thinking a zoo might be a great alternative. However, a zoo would require parents to drive about a half an hour. Young girls want to have cool parties, but it is also important to have a party where friends can show up. We ended up having her birthday party at the local Chick-fil-a. It was close, it had a playground, it had people to serve the food, they provided ice cream and lunch, and my daughter had a turnout of 13 friends. The restaurant was a great choice because the party could go on rain or shine.
Location was the key to success. The location was weatherproof, nearby, easy to find, with built in activities. Other alternatives would be another restaurant if you had one nearby. However, finding restaurants with playgrounds is getting harder and harder to do. If you watch the weather parties at a park can be a winner too!
We were able to find the same invitations you would find at more expensive stores at a local Dollar Tree. One dollar a pack saved us $5 for each pack according to the price marked on the invitations. One bit of advice on invitations is check your daughter’s school rules for handing out invitations. My daughter was not allowed to hand them out in class. She ended handing out some to friends on the bus, after school care, and the neighborhood.
The restaurant provided balloons and reserved tables. We added a couple of balloons purchased at the Dollar Tree to decorate the present table. $3 for two helium filled balloons and a decorative balloon stand. That was all we needed to provide.
You can get a decent cake that kids will love at almost any grocery store with a bakery. Adding additional touches like your child’s name can be added with a minimal charge. A nice cake can easily be purchased between $20-$30 including candles.
The Gift Bags
Hitting your local dollar store you can pick up a variety of inexpensive gifts for the gift bags at your young girl’s party. It is important to buy some boy gifts as well since not all the guests will be girl.
Having a party at a restaurant, the food was provided and the major clean up was included as well. As parents my wife and I were able to enjoy the party with our daughter. We were also freed up to be hosts and meet the parents of our child’s friends. The kids got to play, they also received gift bags before they left, and Chick-fil-a even gave each child a plush cow toy.
A party for 13 kids at Chick-fil-a ended up costing me $91. I was pleasantly surprised since I thought the minimum cost $125. The balloons were an extra $3. The invitations and party gifts I am going to estimate at $20 and the cake at $25 since my better half purchased those items. My estimated total for my daughters seventh birthday party $139. Seeing the smiles on my girl’s face, having other parents comment this was one of the better parties, and a good turnout was priceless.