Looking to having a great birthday party on a budget takes just a little planning and some creativity. Your first step is to make a budget and don’t go over the roof with the budget, as this will be well within a couple of hundred dollars. Figure out exactly how much you want to spend on the party, and exactly how much you can spend. Then, stick to your numbers. Finding a venue for your party is the next step. You can save quite a bit by having the party at home, in a public park or other outdoor setting.
A huge guest list makes your party cost more and can also be overwhelming to your child. Have your son pick six to eight of his closest friends and limit invitees. Invitations don’t have to be fancy and they don’t have to be mailed. Making homemade invitations from construction paper can be a fun activity you do with your child. It’s probably best if you hand these out yourself and not leave this task to your child. It’s best to hand them directly to your guests’ parents. This avoids hurt feelings and it ensures the invitation isn’t lost or forgotten. If most of the children you’re inviting have e-mail – or their parents have e-mail – consider sending an electronic invitation. This is most cost effective way to achieve the objective, within a couple of hundred dollars.
Balloons are inexpensive and add to a festive atmosphere. Boys also love to toss, chase and even burst balloons. Some of the items you’ll use in your parties’ activities can also be incorporated into the decorations. Get small plain paper sacks and let the boys decorate them with markers, paints and stickers as a party activity. These sacks will also serve as the goody back they take home from the party. A piñata can be the center of your decorations. Once the piñata is burst as one of your activities, the boys can fill their treat bags from its contents. Consider making the piñata yourself, with the help of your son. Not only with this save money, but it will be fun activity you can do together. Pin-the-tail on the donkey and similar party games can also be included. Give small prizes to winners as part of their goody bag haul. Use inexpensive treats such as small toys you pick up at discount stores, stickers and candy as table decorations. At the end of the party, let the boys top off their treat bags from these decorations.
When considering your menu, remember little boys tend to eat a lot. Have lots of snacks on hand in addition to the requisite birthday cake. These snacks can be store-brand potato chips, cookies, pretzels and other finger foods. When it comes to the birthday cake, consider making it yourself – even if you think your decorating skills aren’t up to the task. Little boys will never notice the difference in your decorating and that of the best bakery. Serve store-brand sodas and juice.
As you may have noticed, it really isn’t as difficult as you may have assumed to be. If all the outlined steps are executed precisely, you can be on your way to giving your son/daughter the party of their life and not spill too much cash out of your pocket. If you are willing to spend a couple more extra dollars, you can effortlessly opt for the hassle-free tactic which is to hire an entertainment company that takes care of everything from fancy greetings to remarkable food.
BY Kash Marudhavanan