As you plan your child’s birthday party, you are probably all too familiar with the increasing levels of enthusiasm and excitement that can easily cause you to go overboard and over budget. With some careful planning and a bit of frugality, you’ll be able to throw a celebration to remember without going broke. Here are some things you can try:
1) Plan ahead.
Start thinking about your child’s birthday party about three months ahead of time. This is plenty of time for you to keep an eye out for relevant coupons, sales, and other great bargains for party-related items.
2) Join forces.
One way to cut costs is by sharing the expenses with someone else from the start. See if any of your child’s friends or cousins celebrate their birthday within days or weeks of each other, and consider throwing a joint celebration for them. It’s best to choose a friend within the same circle of friends so you can keep the guests to a minimum.
3) Time it right.
The best time to throw a party on a budget is between the main meals of lunch and dinner. By having your child’s party in the afternoon, you will only need to provide snacks and dessert items instead of heavier dishes.
4) Do it yourself.
A little creativity can go a long way. See what party-related tasks you can do on your own. Maybe you and your child can create the invitations instead of having them printed elsewhere. Get crafty and make your decorations. You could also forego those expensive store bought birthday cakes and bake your own!
5) Shop at discount stores.
Don’t underestimate the great party items you can get at discount stores. You can find decorations, favors, and even serving dishes at amazing prices. Try to search for things you can reuse for future parties and occasions.
6) Go generic.
Remember that products with licensed characters on them are often more expensive compared to the more generic characters. If your child has her heart set on a Barbie-themed party, compromise by purchasing one item with Barbie on it (such as the plates or the piñata), and purchase plain pink napkins, cups, and other party-related items.
Remember that throwing a birthday party for your child should be fun and not a burden. Always keep things in perspective and keep within budget!
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