When it comes to your child’s birthday party, like every parent, you want the absolute best. A child’s birthday party is a very special time for both the child and the family, and it’s a great opportunity to throw a fun and creative event for family and friends. Parents want to give their child a party that will be memorable, but it’s very easy to overspend as all the costs that go into a party can add up quickly. Luckily, there are some simple ways to save money when it comes to throwing a birthday party while still keeping it fun, unique and unforgettable.
Determine A Budget
This advice goes for all event planning. A clear and realistic budget will allow you to keep track of your spending. There are many helpful online budgeting tools (like this one) that will keep your budget in check. Make sure that while you’re creating a budget, you account for the little items too, such as paper goods and invitations, as these little details add up quickly.
Skip The Professional Entertainment And Opt For A DIY Party
As a parent, you might worry that your child will be crushed and your guests bored unless you hire a professional impersonator, clown, or petting zoo. However, professional entertainment can be the most expensive service of your entire event, costing several hundred dollars. Instead, opt for the DIY route. Kids love to use their hands and make things, so consider throwing a jewelry-making party or a pizza-decorating party instead. Both children and adults will be entertained for hours.
DIY Your Own Stationary and Paper Goods
One sneaky cost of any event is stationary and paper goods. Things like invitations and signage add up very fast. Luckily, these items are very easy to make yourself. You can even use a free card maker and free online templets to help with the invites. Pinterest is also a great reference for DIY paper projects which you can print from home.
Skip The Fancy Catering
It may be tempting to hire a top notch caterer, but catering can take up more than half your budget alone, especially when you consider hiring servers and renting chafing dishes and china. The truth is that kids’ tastes are very simple. One of the most inexpensive yet popular choices for feeding a large group of people is pizza, and for a little money you will know that none of your guests will go home hungry.
Bake And Decorate Your Own Birthday Cake
Ordering a custom birthday cake from a local bakery can cost you several hundred dollars. Instead, bake your own cake and decorate it yourself. Even if you consider yourself an inexperienced baker, you can begin practicing now so that by the time your child’s birthday party comes around you will feel like a master baker and cake decorator. Decorating your own child’s birthday cake allows you to get creative while saving money. For some cake decorating tips, check out Martha Stewart’s guide to cake decorating.
As you can see, throwing your child a memorable birthday party doesn’t have to break your bank. With a little DIY and some smart budgeting, you can throw a birthday party for your child that will delight children and adults alike.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys Tennis and spending time with her family.