Throwing a birthday party that you know will put you “in the poorhouse” kind of takes the fun out of the celebration. Still, children (and grownups) can easily get carried away with all the options available for themes, activities and presents. You don’t have to banish birthdays or go broke hosting your daughter’s party. Try these amazing birthday party ideas and party within your means. When the party is over, all you will have are good memories not a ridiculous credit card bill.
Shorten the invitation list. By keeping the guest list small, you curb the expenses. Shoot for 5 to 7 children. A good rule to follow is the birthday age rule. For example, if she’s going to be 6, invite just 6 children to the party.
Talk about the expectations. Little children love to continually add to their gift list, don’t they? If she’s old enough to understand, (and if she’s asking for more gifts, she probably is) explain to her that it’s not Christmas but her birthday. Tell her you have already made plans and/or purchased gifts so she can’t change her mind.
Start with a winning girl theme. Of course, you’ll have to steer clear of Dora or Pixar movie themes if you want to save money. Instead, work with a theme that is easy to prepare for. Of course themes are not necessary but they are fun.
Go pink! Everything is pink from the frosting to the homemade decorations. Inexpensive, plastic pink tablecloths are ideal for decorating tables and walls. Serve fizzy pink lemonade and give pink bubble gum as treats.
Have a bubble party. Bubbles are inexpensive and easy to find. You can make big batches of bubbles with plastic tubs and dishwashing soap. Buy packs of bubbles with wands and place them on tables as decorations and activities.
Pizza parties are perfect. Kids love pizza parties! If you live near an inexpensive pizza place, order a few pizzas. Alternatively, you could purchase inexpensive pizzas from the grocery store.
It’s all about location. Ideally, for an inexpensive party you’ll need a location that is free or low cost. Besides your home or backyard, you could also host the party at a friend’s house, a local library or even a church. I also recommend considering a local park. You may have to book a gazebo or any special areas like a building.
Let’s talk about the food. Birthday party food can really cost you some money. Especially, if you go for a full meal, cups, plates and napkins. Go with simpler fare, like hot dogs and fruit punch. If your daughter’s party list is going to include several adult family members you could go pot luck!
Bake a cake. Your daughter has her heart set on a princess cake. Place an inexpensive tiara on top of a pink, frosted cake. You don’t have to spend a fortune on Disney cake toppers. Cruise the dollar store for suitable replacements. Allow your child to help you decorate with colored icings and sprinkles.
You can have an inexpensive party with a little planning.