3 Tips for Planning a Birthday Party on a Budget

With so many amazing ideas floating around on Pinterest and social media, it is tempting to go overboard when planning your child’s birthday party. However, you do not want to wake up with a budget hangover the day after the party when the bills come due. Here are three ways to save money and still have a great party for your child.


One of the biggest budget busters of any party is the venue cost. It is important to think outside of the box when planning a value-driven party. In addition to simply hosting the party at home, savvy party planners also consider renting a picnic shelter at a park. This will give you a dedicated space to eat and keep all your party items contained. Local basketball gyms are also ideal places to rent for a birthday party that will not break the bank. By looking beyond the typical birthday party venue, you will be able to spend more of your budget on games, food, and entertainment for the kids.

Party Favors

With so many fun options, it can be easy to get carried away on ordering party favors. However, you will save money if you consider items that are functional as well as trendy. For example, backpacks can be ordered in bulk at affordable prices. Not only will a backpack be a fun party takeaway, but the kids will also get use out of it long after the party has ended. There are other party favor ideas aside from a backpack that you can give the children if you feel a backpack doesn’t fit with the theme you are going for.

Consider Food Costs

Food and drink can ring up the bills quickly if you are not careful. One of the biggest ways to save money is to avoid planning your party around mealtime. A mid-afternoon party will avoid you having to feed your guests lunch or dinner. Kids certainly do not expect a full meal at a party. The standard cake and ice cream are sufficient, but you can add in some light snacks and finger foods if you feel like you need to offer something more substantial. Rather than spending a lot of money on individual juice boxes, you can further save cash by making a big container of lemonade or punch.

With the right research and planning, you can pull off a fabulous party. Don’t forget to encourage your child to guide the planning process!

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