7 Tips to Throw a Kids’ Birthday Party on a Budget

7 Tips to Throw a Kids’ Birthday Party on a Budget

Want to throw your child an awesome party without breaking the bank? We’ve got you covered! Here are our best tips for sticking to a budget at your next bash.

1. Stretch your planning

Start supply-hunting early; it’ll give you time to comparison shop. Plus, you’ll save yourself from running out at the last minute to buy overpriced things you’ve forgotten. “I’m on the lookout all year for party items that go on sale, usually in the dollar bin at Target, Dollar Tree, or the 99-cent store,” says Helen Holden, author of the blog Counting Candles.

2. Go digital

In a   Parents  survey of nearly 1,500 parents, 73 percent of you said you sent paper invitations for your kid’s last birthday party. Next time, send your guests a free electronic invitation; you’ll save what you’d normally spend on paper invites.

3. Double up

If your kid’s birthday falls close to a buddy’s, consider a dual party. You and the other child’s parents will split the cost—and responsibilities. Just make sure each kid gets her own cake.

4. Order online

Prices aren’t always better if you shop online, but hitting the Web for your favors and decorations may help you avoid impulse purchases. Here are a few of our favorite sites for discount party supplies:

5. Elevate the everyday

Take advantage of kids’ vivid imagination, suggest Steve and Annette Economides, who say one of their most successful party games was a treasure hunt for “gold” (spray-painted rocks) that the kids took home as favors.

6. Streamline the swag bag

These trinkets are usually sold in sets; divide them up for affordable party favors that are way better than your average birthday goody bag:

7. Opt out

When kids are still little, consider skipping a traditional birthday party altogether, suggests   Simple Matters  author Erin Boyle. “My husband and I celebrated our daughter’s first birthday with a picnic.”

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