According to T. Rowe Price’s 9th Annual Parents, Kids, & Money Survey, nearly 30 percent of parents reported spending over $300 on their child’s birthday party. The costs of throwing a children’s birthday party can add up quickly, especially for parents with multiple children. If you’re interested in throwing a memorable birthday party, here’s how to do it without breaking the bank.
Throw an outdoor party
It’s easy to associate throwing a memorable birthday party with booking an expensive venue. However, throwing a party at home or at a nearby park can help you save money and the stress of booking a venue in advance.
If the weather allows, throwing an outdoor party can also eliminate clean-up and wear-and-tear on your furniture. Waterslide and foam pit rentals are affordable ways to keep the kids occupied and many entertainment companies offer discounts on packages.
Hosting your child’s birthday party at a local park allows guests to play outside in open space. Although most parks don’t require an admissions fee, some require small deposits to rent space.
On the other hand, if throwing an outdoor party isn’t an option, it’s possible to throw an indoor party on a budget. Researching indoor venues and booking in advance can help you cut costs. Since most venues base prices on the number of guests, keeping the guest list short can also help you save money.
Stick to your food budget
It can be difficult to plan a budget-friendly kid’s party, especially when you’re responsible for feeding a long guest list. To keep the cost of food down, start by setting specific hours for your party. Hosting a party between 12 PM and 3 PM means you’ll only be responsible for feeding the guests lunch and parents will be expected to pick up their children before dinner.
Additionally, hosting the party between traditional meal times can help you further reduce food costs. If you schedule the party between lunch and dinner, guests will likely be satisfied by a snack and some cake.
If you’re a decent chef, consider making a cake and cooking food at home. While a custom cake can easily run up to $5.50 per slice, totaling $80 for 15 guests, a box of cake mix typically runs from $2 to $3. However, if you don’t have the time to bake a cake or cook food at home, spending money for food and a cake can be worth it if you can cut back on another area of your budget.
Focus on having fun
Contrary to popular belief, kid’s birthday parties can be memorable and fun even if you don’t go all out on entertainment. Simple entertainment options, like face painting or a scavenger hunt, can keep kids entertained for hours and ensure that the party is a memorable one. For cheap entertainment options, check out your local dollar store or browse DIY ideas online.
Opt digital invites through email or social media when it comes to sending invitations. Swapping paper invitations for digital ones means that parents won’t risk losing the invite before the party, and will help you save money on mailing each invitation.
When buying a gift, try expanding your budget to find something your child will remember and enjoy. If you’ve been good at sticking to your budget up until this point, consider allocating more money to a gift. If you’re not sure where to start, Toy Titanz sells a wide range of collectibles and offers low shipping rates, making them an ideal choice for collectables.
Although throwing a budget-friendly kid’s birthday party can seem like a paramount task, following these tips will help you cut costs while ensuring that everyone has fun.