If your kid’s birthday is coming up and you have a sense of gloom because you absolutely cannot afford to have a party for him/her then you have come to the right place.
Here are some of our top tips to throw an epic birthday bash on a super tight budget.
What Is Your Party Budget?
You need to have a starting point no matter how small or big you are planning on going with your party.
Even if you’re thinking ‘I want to go as cheap as possible’ you still need to figure out how much that cheap as possible really is.
Take in account how many paychecks you have coming before then and how much you can afford to set aside of each of those towards the party.
And while you’re scoping out your budget, you can start looking at prices for party food.
Choose The Right Theme
As much as you would want a unique party theme, it might not be the best idea if you’re trying to keep costs low.
Popular themes will usually be more affordable because they are in higher demand, and with Halloween, costumes and trick or treating right around the corner,, what better time to stock up on party supplies?
You can check out an online party shop for ideas for themes and it will also give you an idea about prices for general party supplies.
(Hint: Online party shops are much cheaper than party stores)
Themes like Minecraft, Harry Potter, Lego, Fotrnite, Unicorns, and Princess are all really popular right now and decor for those themes will be easy to find.
Go With Classic Decor
Pinterest can make your head spin with wondrous ideas of a larger than life party that is a mere couple of DIYs short of an actual fairy tale.
But if you’re not careful you will get sucked into the pretty hell that is the Pinterest perfect party.
Instead of trying to go overboard with hundreds of ideas, keep it simple and that will help you keep costs low.
You can never go wrong with classic decor like a few balloons, a bunch of streamers and a pinata (which you can DIY too).
Do DIY Party Favors
I may be generalizing here but kids don’t really care all that much about the decor or what you give them as a party favor for that matter.
So the point here is, go as cheap as possible.
That doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice quality.
You can make your own party favors, or do an ingredient party favor, where they have to make it themselves.
Like a lego car, for example. You could supply all the parts and have them all make their own cars to play with together.
Borrow & Hunt
Don’t try to make do and spend money on things you can borrow from people you know.
Friends, family, and neighbors are bound to have things you can use for your party and they will certainly be happy to do so if you only ask.
Whatever you can’t borrow or make yourself, you can bargain hunt for at dollar stores and thrift stores.
There’s hardly anything you can’t find if you look hard enough.
Forego Individual Party Packs
If you’re familiar with children’s parties, you’ll know that abandoned party packs are a very common sight at those.
And the frustration of having put so much time, effort and money into those only to have them discarded, is also just as common.
Instead, you can replace the individual party packs with a sweet/ treats buffet.
This will do two things – first, it will eliminate the abandoned party pack issue and it will also save you money because you can then buy your sweets in bulk instead of bite-sized snacks that you can put into party packs.
You can always put some decorated paper bags for each guest to take some leftover snacks.
Talk about bang for your buck.
Do The Snacks Cheap
Apart from replacing party packs with snacks, you could also replace a hefty meal with snacks.
Instead of making huge meals that might waste, you could do a finger food party and make the snacks yourself.
That doesn’t mean you need to replicate fancy party snacks though.
You should opt for simple snacks with two or three simple ingredients (preferably things that you can buy in bulk) and make those yourself the day before the party.
You can always wrap it to keep it fresh.
Make That Cake Yourself
You may have a grande cake in mind but let me ease your conscience by telling you your kid will only care if the cake is delicious and looks remotely good.
Before you panic or think that you can’t possibly make a decent looking or tasting cake I can assure you that you can.
Hundreds of thousands of moms have learned how to make and decorate cakes for their kids on their own, by using the internet.
Youtube and Pinterest have tons and tons of information, tutorials, and tips for every theme under the sun.
You are bound to be able to produce something decent if you keep at it and if you don’t – I’m pretty sure it’ll still taste just fine.
When you are determined to both stick to a budget and throw a decent birthday party then it is certainly possible.
You can borrow and DIY and bargain hunt your kid’s most awesome birthday party yet.
And when all is said and done just remember that love and fun are entirely free and you can give your kid an incredible day if you give him just those two things.