Birthdays are such a joyous occasion, and they can be extra special to young girls. Young girls look forward to their birthdays each year because they present an opportunity for them to celebrate their special day with their friends. Birthday parties can be quite an expense, but the size of your budget does not have to impact your little girl’s special day. Here are some tips to planning a birthday party for young girls while on a budget.
Make the invitations
If your daughter is planning on inviting a large number of people, the cost of invitations can be expensive, especially if you are going to mail the invitations to the guests. Rather than buying invitations or having them printed, make them on your own. Basic invitations can be made on the computer, and your daughter can hand them to her friends personally. This approach is much more personable, and you will be saving money at the same.
Cook the food
The food you serve at your party can also be costly, so choose the menu carefully. A good way to save money is to make the food at home and serve things that can be made in bulk. For example, young children love finger foods, so inexpensive foods you can make include mini sliders, pigs in a blanket, and triangle sandwiches. You can also serve traditional picnic foods such as macaroni and cheese or hot dogs.
If you do not want to cook, but you still want to save money, pizza is both an inexpensive and convenient way to go. Depending on the amount of guests, you can order a few pies of pizza with basic toppings. Make things easy on yourself and stick to plain or pepperoni pizza.
Drinks for children are relatively inexpensive. You can buy juice boxes in bulk, and you can also buy several gallons of water.
The dessert also does not have to be costly. Ice cream is inexpensive, and you have a lot of options. You can either buy the ice cream by the tubs, or you can buy ice cream sandwiches. Another good way to save money on dessert is to make it. You can bake cookies or brownies, and the ingredients are inexpensive. If you do not have the time to bake desserts from scratch, you can also buy a premix.
Create your own entertainment
Hired entertainment can be very expensive, so the best way to save money is to create your own entertainment. A great way to create your own entertainment is to center it on a theme. For example, for a spa themed party, buy a few bottles of nail polish, nail polish remover, cotton balls, and other nail accessories, and allow the girls to give each other manicures and pedicures. For a movie themed party, rent a few of your daughter’s favorite movies and allow the girls to have a movie marathon. Other forms of inexpensive entertainment include music so that the guests can dance, as well as drawing and coloring supplies.
Don’t spend a lot of money on party favors
Party favors are expected by children when they attend birthday parties, but rather than to spend a large amount of money putting together gift bags for the guests, buy one item that can serve many purposes. For example, buy each guest a coloring book and a pack of crayons. These materials can be found at your local dollar store.
Planning a birthday party for young girls can be a fun and exciting experience, and it does not have to cost a fortune. There are many ways to plan a good time while on a budget.