I’ve begun getting ready for Sawyer’s third birthday party (is it really almost September?!), and I’ve been working on cutting down costs this year. With baby #2 on the way as well as Christmas coming up soon, I need all of the budget friendly ideas I can get. Thankfully, I have found a way to decrease my costs while still having a party my son will enjoy.
Budget Friendly Ideas for Kids Birthday Parties
No need to spend money on the location of the birthday party. Your home is the most obvious option. If that is not possible due to space, opt for an outdoor location such as a public park, playground, or picnic area. A local church is another idea of an indoor location that is generally free.
IDEA: Have a party at a location that limits the number of guests. Most children are okay only having their closest friends and family members, and the less people, the less food and drinks you need to provide.
No need to go overboard on the food options at your party. Guests come to have fun and celebrate, not stuff their faces. Cake and ice cream is sufficient at most parties, especially if you host it at a time that falls between lunch and dinner. If you insist on serving food, light finger foods that can fit in your budget will be just fine. Make what you can at home to prevent paying higher prices for catered items.
IDEA: Make the cake yourself! It may take more time, but it is likely to cost much less than a professionally made one. If the birthday child is old enough, enlist their help to give them bragging rights at the party!
Another area of a kids’ party where the least is better. For the best bang for your budget, stick with a color or more generic theme: dinosaurs, rainbows, or teddy bears, for example. Cartoon and movie-themed parties cost more when it comes to decorations. Balloons, streamers, and a tablecloth can be more than enough decor for the event, especially if you are hosting it outside.
IDEA: Save decorations after each party, as some can be reused for future children or handed off to a family member or friend.
Many games can be made from products you already have in your home. Save soda bottles for a ring toss game. Pin the tail on the donkey (or something similar) can be put together with poster board, markers, and a blindfold. As long as you make something fun, the kids won’t care if you spend a great deal of money on the games or not.
IDEA: If you have just a few children present, board games may make the party more fun! You could even splurge on a new one because you know it will be used again and again.
Hosting a budget-friendly birthday party for your child is easy to do, so long as you don’t let yourself go overboard. There are cute things out there to buy, but focusing more on your child and guests, and ensuring they enjoy themselves, is key.