I think we all love the idea of having a fabulous over the top party for our kids and sometimes we get a little ambitious with our ideas. That is totally me. I have all these cool ideas and want to do every single thing that I come up with or find on Pinterest. You end up spending just as much money on the party as you would on a mini vacation. But these are some tips I hope you find helpful in keeping costs low when you’re on a budget.
- Food is probably the most expensive part of a party if you plan to serve a full meal. So ave a potluck instead and save money by having everyone bring a dish to pass.
- Ask for help. ask a friend, grandparent, brother/sister etc. to handle one item such as buying the cake, or bring the balloons. You can have them tackle smaller things or the larger items.
- Have the party at a free location such as a park, your house or someone else’s.
- Pick a time when people will not be so hungry such as 3 pm (between lunch and dinner) or brunch. That way you won’t be dealing with a really hungry crowd. Even consider having an ice cream party or just serve appetizers and drinks.
- Do as much DIY as possible. Get creative.
- Pick a common or simple theme. If you pick a color scheme you can make everything very simple.
- Rethink the guest list. As tempting it is to invite everyone you know, a smaller more intimate party can save you money. I personally prefer more intimate parties that way they can be decorated more beautifully.
- Skip paper invitations. call, email, text, or create an event on Facebook.
- Create simple favors or just skip them all together.
- Have simple games, such as limbo, musical chairs etc. Very cost effective.
- Plan in advance- buy things in advance so that you don’t feel like you’re spending a lot of money at once. And when you buy you can buy items while they are on sale after holidays etc.
- Create a budget to prioritize your spending. Figure out where you want to spend the most money. Is the food the most important? Or the games? or decor? Once you figure that out you can see how you want to spend your money.
- Start at the cheapest store first then work your way to the more expensive stores. I always go to the dollar store before going to any other store. I then work my way to Walmart (sometimes even cheaper than the dollar store for certain items) and then I end with the more specialty stores like Party City to find those unique items.
- Make your own cake. Or better yet cupcakes. Cakes from bakeries can cost and arm and a leg. Although I do appreciate the art of baking cakes, it can really eat up your budget. If you must order a cake try asking for a plain cake no decorations and then you can add your own with mini toy figures, fun sprinkles, or cool candles to spruce it up.
- Buy simple paper products or solid colors rather than ones with designs unless they are on sale.
I hope that helped!
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