Between expensive venues, elaborate themes and swag bags that look like they came from a major awards shows, kids’ birthdays can get out of hand quick! Hosting kids’ birthday parties should not cost as much as hosting a wedding! I promise that your kids will have a great time no matter how much you spend. And having a budget will allow you to start saving for college (which they will thank you for later)!
Invitation – Skip the letterpress, and use fotobooks awesome app to send your guests digital invites.
Venue – Instead of hosting at a huge party factory that spit out birthday parties every hour on the hour, choose a more intimate location like your home or favorite playground.
Time – By hosting a birthday party in the late afternoon, you can avoid serving your guests a full meal. Popcorn, chips and a special treat will suffice (and save you money!).
Theme – In the age of Pinterest, birthday party themes have gotten pretty elaborate! Instead of buying or DIYing a million decorations that you will never use again, use items that you have already! For example, if your daughter wants a princess party, use her princess toys as decorations and ask her attendees to wear their favorite princess dress…voila!
Supplies – Use what you have and go eclectic or head to the dollar store for some cheap plates and utensils. Remember, this stuff gets thrown away, you do not have to throw tons of cash in the trash!
Activities – Kids love to play…so play! Retro games like Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Simon Says and Tug of War are still fun! Do you have a sportster on your hands?! Host a pick-up game of wiffle ball or tag.
Extra Hands – I’ll admit, the one thing that is nice about those party centers is that there is a plethora of teenagers running the show. That being said, if you don’t want to be running bases while juggling all of the other details, get an older cousin or neighbor to volunteer their time.
Entertainment – Clowns are scary, balloon art deflates, etc. Again, no need for added expense, just break out your old speakers, hook up some Kids Bop and let your little party goers have their own dance party!
Take-Away – Let’s face it, nobody needs goodie bag swag. We all have plenty of tiny erasers and cheap plastic toys strewn about. Instead, have your guests do an inexpensive craft and allow them to take their masterpiece home to display.
Sweets – Birthday cakes do not have to be tiered and covered in fondant. As long as it has sugar, kids will eat it! No one will judge you if you use a box mix. Cupcakes are also a great alternative. Heck, it’s OK to skip the cake all together and serve ice cream cups instead!
See?! So easy, fun & inexpensive!! Oh, and don’t forget to have all of your guests upload their photos and videos on fotobooks after the party to assure lasting memories.
Jill is a freelance writer with interests in family, food & entertaining. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two wildly rambunctious little boys.