Are there any other parents out there who go buck-wild when it comes to their kids’ birthday parties? Because I sure the heck do.
My kid picks a theme, and then I spend a ridiculous amount of time and money on extravagant decorations that go unnoticed and cutesy themed food that goes uneaten. Because no one wants to eat green gelatin labeled “monster brains.”
Literally. No one.
After planning dozens of birthday parties in my previous life as an event planner, I learned a thing or two about what’s ok to splurge on, and what’s ok to skip.
Here are 6 simple ways you can cut the costs but not the fun at your next shin-dig!
Bye-bye goodie bags
Buying gifts for all the kiddos at the party can add up. Even if you hit up a dollar store, it’s still an expense you can nix. No one will leave your party mad because they didn’t get a goodie bag. Promise.
The cost of buying invitations and postage can cost you an average of $100. Sending an email or creating a Facebook event is free!
Did you love your friend’s child’s party theme from last year? Ask to borrow the décor! Or jump on a local for-sale Facebook group and ask what party decorations people have lying around! I bet they’d love to get rid of them at a discounted price.
Make your own cake
Cakes can set you back around $50 (and lots more if you get fancy). Buy a box mix and have your little one help decorate it! It’s cheaper and it occupies your little one for a solid hour. #winning
Location, location, location
Choose a location that’s inexpensive, or better yet, free! If your home isn’t available, check out local parks, rec centers or church gyms for affordable options.
Don’t have one!
WHHHAAAATTT!? Before you hit the back button, give me a chance. Yes, your precious child deserves a birthday celebration – but that doesn’t always mean an extravagant party! He may feel just as special by going on a family picnic or taking a trip to the zoo.
Oh! And don’t forget to do something special with the money you just saved from the party, like putting it toward your child’s future!
What’s your fav money-saving hack when it comes to birthday parties? Share below!