Posted by Dana Hinders on February 20, 2012
If you’re a parent, you know that there’s nothing children love more than birthday parties! Unfortunately, if you’re not careful with your party plans, the cost of the celebration can easily spiral out of control. Here are five tips to help you throw a memorable party as cheaply as possible:
- Check out your local dollar store for plates, napkins, cups, and silverware. Dollar Tree, for example, has party supplies for kids in themes such as dinosaurs, pirates, princesses, and butterflies in addition to a large selection of plain items in a rainbow of colors. Dollar stores are also a good source of balloons, ribbons, and streamers.
- When looking for party decorations, see what items you can recycle from around your home. For example, you could fill tall clear vases with Lego bricks or crayons to make a colorful centerpiece for your party. Small toy cars could be used to decorate the top of a boy’s birthday cake. Large stuffed animals wearing party hats make cute decorations as well. You can also hop online to search for free printable party decorations to match your theme. HP Creative Studio is just one example of a website with printable centerpieces, banners, cupcake picks, hats, and invitations. Most of the featured projects require nothing more than a working printer, scissors, and tape or staples.
- Keep the cost of food for your guests to a minimum by serving kid-friendly food that can be made with ingredients from your couponing stockpile. For example, homemade macaroni and cheese or mini pizzas could easily be created from stockpiled items. Homemade Sloppy Joes are a good choice as well.
- Piñatas are popular entertainment for a child’s birthday party, but a purchased piñata can easily be $20 or more. Save money by decoupaging a large balloon or lightweight cardboard box to use as a piñata for your child’s birthday party. There are several websites offering tutorials for this project.
- Goodie bags aren’t necessary for a child’s birthday party, but they are a nice way to thank your young guests for helping to celebrate your son or daughter’s special day. To keep the cost of your goodie bags to a minimum, look for bulk packages of items. Shaped fruit snacks, colorful pencils, and containers of Play-Doh are a few options to consider. Crayola.com offers printable coloring pages that you can use as well. Package the items in a plain brown paper lunch bag rubber stamped with a design that coordinates with the theme of your party.