You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give your child the birthday party of his dreams.
These ideas are great starting points. Use them when you brainstorm and you’re sure to come up with an affordable party that’s still a lot of fun for everybody.
- Free or low-cost venues can be even more fun than the pricier places. The city park, for example, can be a great place to throw a party. You should still call ahead, however, because you might have to reserve some of the facilities (like the pavilion).
- Decorations are usually disposable, so why invest tons of cash in them? Buy a few choice decorations instead of the entire lot: you’ll save money and the venue will still look great.
- Piñatas are huge hits at most birthday parties. You don’t, however, have to buy one from the grocery store. In fact, your special birthday boy or girl can be part of the fun here! Inflate balloons and tie them together to create the shape you want. Then cover them with paper mache and let it dry. Paint the finished piñata, fill it with candy, and let the kids go for it!
- Limit the number of guests. You don’t have to invite your kid’s entire class to the party. You should, however, follow etiquette and not have your son or daughter pass out invitations to only a few kids, in front of the whole class.
- Speaking of invitations: you don’t have to buy specialty invitations from a stationery shop. You can create some very nice versions with your home computer. You can buy a pack of thick paper to make the invitations more durable if you’d like.
- Make the cake yourself. You don’t have to be a cake-decorating expert to come up with something that’s very nice. Another option is to buy a plain sheet cake and then add the decorations yourself. Either way, you’re saving money that you would have spent on a custom-ordered cake at the bakery.
- Find inexpensive forms of entertainment. Your child will be happy even if you don’t hire a clown, a juggler, and a pony for his party. Instead of all these things, come up with group-friendly games. That way, your child and his friends can have fun together, which is one of the main reasons behind having the party.
- Group games don’t have to be expensive to be fun. If the weather is good and everybody is told to bring changes of clothes ahead of time, you can have a water-balloon fight in the yard or park. You can also revive classics like Pin the Tail on the Donkey, depending on how old your child is.
- Keep the menu simple. If the weather is nice, for example, you can have a weenie and marshmallow roast. This is affordable and fun. Make sure that the guests have everything they need to make hot dogs and s’mores and your menu is set!
Make sure to involve your child in the planning, shopping and decorating. Your child probably has some ideas and input for the party, so including him will make for an even better birthday experience. Besides: having some help with the piñata, the guests’ gift bags, et cetera, is always a good thing.