Birthdays are an important yearly event, especially for young girls. Putting together a birthday party for a group of young gifts can cost a small fortune once cakes, decorations, party favors and gifts are purchased. Knowing where to shop, types of parties that cost less and how to be creative goes a long ways toward meeting party budget goals.
Decorations on a Budget
No need for expensive flowers and linen table clothes. Balloons are a cheap and fun decoration and can be hung from ceilings and fixtures or made into party animals and center pieces. Think throw away paper table cloths to cover tables. Think of the young girl’s favorite theme or color and decorations, such as centerpieces, sometimes can be printed online. Another idea is to use tissue paper to make tissue paper pom pom flowers in the child’s favorite color.
Food on a Budget
Reconsider types of foods being served. Quick hand foods often prove less expensive than cooking an entire meal. Pizza is always a favorite and kids can even join in, making individual pizzas. Pigs in a blanket are another great success at birthday parties. Taco bars allows kids to create their own taco master pieces.Individual cupcakes add a bit of class without the expense. Throw in some chips and punch and the food is complete!
Games on a Budget
Games and entertainment don’t have to be expensive either. Search the internet for girl friendly games, such as Sweet Shoppe Bingo. There are countless sites that offer printable bingo cards in various themes. Local dollar stores sometimes have birthday games for purchase. Be creative and create games, such as scavenger hunt or scary tales story telling. Having a cheap prize for winners adds to the fun of games on a budget.
Gifts on a Budget
Second hand stores often have clothes, games and toys that are new or almost brand new. Shopping at these stores can save money on gifts. Shopping after Christmas for discount toys and at the end of the season for clothes for next year, also saves on the party budget. However, this takes some planning in advance. Don’t forget to buy off brand names and look alike products. A young girl won’t be as choosy as an older teen. Another option is to explain to the child that your main gift is the party. Guests generally bring presents and she will have more than enough without a big stash of gifts from Mom and Dad.
Remember to look at discount stores, dollar retailer and online suppliers to find the best prices. Buying in bulk also helps decrease the expenses of holding a birthday party. With a bit of creativity and thinking ‘outside the box’ it is possible to throw a birthday party on a budget.