Planning a birthday party for young girls when you are on a budget does not have to be stressful and frustrating. Below are some tips for throwing a great birthday party for young girls without breaking the bank.
Step 1- Start planning no later than four to six weeks in advance. Write out lists-number of guests, games, decorations, food, drinks, party favors, etc. Estimate the cost of the party. Adjust as needed. This should give you time to save or raise funds and to find items on discount or clearance.
Step 2- Theme. If the party has a theme, purchase one or two brand items only. Then, go with generic, solid colors for other items to round out the theme. Conduct an online search for theme based items. Most sites give a discount for online orders. If the store is local, like Wal-Mart, Target, Shopko, etc. pick up items at the store to save on shipping. The more you do online, the less driving, saves time and gas.
Some online sites I have found useful include:
The Dollar Store is a good place to purchase generic party favors, paper items, garbage bags, and plastic utensils to keep costs down.
Step 3- Have the party wherever it is free to congregate: your house, the park, a beach, etc.
Step 4- Food and drink. If you are going to feed all the guests lunch or dinner, choose something inexpensive that feeds a crowd like spaghetti, hot dogs, macaroni & cheese, sandwiches, and chips. Ask friends and family to donate items, and then, return the favor. Write names on cups and have a pitcher of water available. Ration pop and punch.
Serve one dessert. Let the birthday girl decide what she likes the most. Make it yourself, if possible.
Step 5- Plan one or two games but give girls time to visit and use their own imaginations. If they like to color, ask parents to send along brown paper bags, pens, and color crayons. Most of us with young children have these items in the house already. Have a coloring contest. Make badges for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Use the paper bags to carry party favors home.
Plan a craft for the girls to make with items in your house or yard like paper, glue, leaves, flowers, bark, pasta, buttons, felt, beads, beans, etc. Make sure the craft is age appropriate and fun.