Everyone has different budgets for birthday parties, but did you know that 26% of parents spend over $500
on a birthday party (according to a poll on BabyCenter.com)? When you’re planning a birthday party it can be so easy to spend that much if you’re buying your decorations, paying for a venue, ordering a cake, and buying gifts — not to mention the party favors! Here are five money-saving ideas that you can incorporate into your birthday party plan!
Make your cake/cupcakes at home
Consider your audience. Are your five year old guests going to admire the perfect cupcakes your local baker made? Probably not. Consider picking up some muffin tin liners, a box of cake mix and vanilla frosting at the store and whip up your own cupcakes. (This could even be a good activity to have your kids get involved.)
You don’t need to be an expert-from-scratch baker or an excellent frosting piper. After the cupcakes are baked and cooled, dye the frosting the color you’d like with some good color and consider a special topper. For example, for a dinosaur party you could decorate the cupcakes with green frosting and plastic dinosaurs to top them off. Or for a Cookie Monster party, frost the cupcake with blue frosting and lay a chocolate chip cookie across the top. Use cupcake toppers as a way to draw back to your theme and add excitement to the cupcake without having to pay bakery prices.
Ditch the branded items
Branded decorations are always more expensive so if you’re looking to save money in the decor area, consider only buying one branded item. For example, if you’re theme is a movie theme like Cars — purchase the napkins with lightning McQueen on them, but buy a black and white checkered tablecloth, red plates and red cups. Your theme will still be apparent because you are sticking to the brand colors, but you are going to save a few dollars on the non-branded items.
Host your party outside
Venues can be a high expense when it comes to birthday parties. If you’re uncomfortable hosting in your home or your house is too small, consider having the party in your backyard or at a local park. Borrow some picnic tables or lay out picnic blankets. Plan some themed games for your party. If the birthday celebration happens in a colder month and an outdoor party isn’t a possibility, ask a close friend or relative if they would host your child’s party as their gift. Make sure this friend loves hosting and tell them that you will bring all of the supplies and decorations so they don’t have to worry about details.
Buy Less presents
I can’t even count how many conversations I’ve had about the quantity of presents that children receive for their birthdays. Most of those conversations have been with parents who are tired of cleaning up massive amounts of toys every night and don’t have a place to store all of the toys! What’s worse is we all know that our child will be complaining that they’re “bored and have nothing to do” a day after their party.