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Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Savings Advice | 0 comments

How to Throw a Child’s Birthday Party on a Budget

Throwing a fun themed party for your child doesn’t have to be expensive. With some careful planning, you can stick to your budget and your guests will be none the wiser. Learn how to give your child a memorable birthday party without draining your bank account.

Kids Birthday Party

Guests

Limit the guest list to your child’s favorite friends. When you invite the entire class, it’s not only considerably more expensive, but it’s also a lot more stressful. Too many guests leads to conflict and hurt feelings, which means less fun for everyone. If your child is set on a party at an expensive venue, you may be able to afford it if the guest list is small enough.

Theme

Try to use a generic theme and not popular characters that are licensed. Licensed products are a lot more expensive, so you’ll use more of your budget buying accessories. If your child really loves a particular character, shop around for the best deals. Splurge on a few things with that character and choose generic accents to fit the theme.

Invitations

Premade invitations are expensive, as are stamps. Search the Internet for a free template to make your own invitations that you can print at home.
You can also use a graphic-design program if you have one and know how to use it. If your party guests, or their parents, have email, send email invitations to save money on invitations and postage. Many parents create Facebook events to invite friends and family to save time and money.

Cake

Bakery cakes are beautiful, but you can make one that’s just as tasty for a fraction of the cost. If you aren’t comfortable decorating a cake, use small toys as decorations. Some party stores also sell cake decorations that are easy to use.

Treat Bags

Treat bags are a big budget- buster, but they don’t have to be if you shop ahead. Watch clearance sales to get small toys at big savings. Making your own favors also saves a lot of money, and your child’s guests will have a unique keepsake. Check Pinterest to learn how to make cute favors.

Food

Plan your menu in advance so you can watch sales. When you see an item on sale, stock up for the party. Combine sales with coupons for an even better deal. Limit your menu to just a few items so you can buy in bulk and save money.

Plates and Napkins

Themed plates and napkins help complete the look, but they’re a lot more expensive. Try a color theme: Look for solid color plates, napkins and cups in the same hue to save money. You can even buy a few themed plates and solid color napkins to accent them.

Now that you know how to throw a birthday party within your budget, have fun planning!

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