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7 Steps to Saving Money During Your Kid's Birthday

by Robert Keith (follow)
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Birthday parties are a fun way to celebrate your kid turning another year older, and it often seems that you have to outdo what you did before. While every birthday should be the best, it is not necessary to break the bank in an effort to make things festive. As you plan your kid’s party, use these seven steps to save money without sacrificing any of the fun.

Birthday Cake
Image from Pixabay

1. Make Your Own Invitations

Preprinted invitations may look nice, but they often come at a hefty price. Since most invitations are thrown out after the big day, all that money is wasted. Instead, buy fill-in-the-blank invitations or have your kid help you make your own. A personal touch will actually stand out more than the traditional printed cards.

2. Use Printable Decorations

Party stores mark up the price of decorations, especially when they are for a kid’s party. Skip out on paying tons of money for paper streamers that just get thrown away by searching online for free printables.

3. Choose Solid Color Plates

Cake plates and other serving ware often come printed with cool party themes such as a kid’s favorite cartoon character. However, these are usually far more expensive than the plain, solid colors. While you’re at it, choose white plasticware since these are cheaper too. Solid colors also have the added benefit of being able to be used for other occasions if anything is left over.

4. Keep Favors and Prizes Cheap

Birthday Cake
Image from Pixabay

Kids get excited about party favors and prizes, and they are a great way to thank your guests for coming. Since kids’ toys can get expensive, it’s best to find cheap toy deals online. From animal figurines to miniature cars, you can find the perfect toys to fit your theme while staying within your party budget.

5. Decorate Your Own Cake

Birthday Cake
Image from Pixabay

Sure, it might sound a little scary to decorate your own cake, especially if you lack creative skills. However, there are tons of easy ways to decorate your cake so that you can shave tons of money off of your party costs. Look for free tutorials online that can take you through each step with pictures and videos that make the process simple. Alternatively, you can ice the cake in your preferred colors and top it with figurines that fit your theme.

6. Plan Your Time Carefully

Serving a group of guests dinner or lunch can get expensive, and most people are perfectly satisfied with cake and ice cream. For this reason, it is best to plan your party during the time window between lunch and dinner. An early afternoon party is also more likely to fit into everyone’s schedules.

7. Celebrate at Home

Party venues usually charge an hourly fee along with additional costs for each guest. Instead of blowing money on a skating rink or other venue, host the party in your backyard or at a local park. In addition to being less expensive, it gives you total control over how long your party can last while setting a personal atmosphere that everyone will enjoy.

Planning a birthday party is one of the best parts of being a parent, and sticking to a budget doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the fun. By using some smart saving strategies, you can provide your kid with the party of a lifetime.

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