Recently, we celebrated my son’s first birthday. I wanted everyone to have a great time, but I also wanted to save money. It seems like there are many people who spend a fortune on their children’s birthday parties, but you can still have a great party without taking out a loan!
1. DIY Something
Costs can be cut by make something yourself. Not everything has to be done by you, find something you enjoy doing. If you know how to bake and decorate cakes, make the cake yourself. If you like to be crafty, make the decor yourself. I chose to make my son’s smash cake, but buy the big cake. I DIYed the decor and invitations.-
2. Limit Guests
It would be nice to invite everyone you know, but don’t feel obligated to. Keep it small and you will be able to give more time to each of your guests.
3. Shop Around
Instead of hitting up the party store first, check out other stores and compare prices. Dollar Tree has a great selection of party-ware and mylar balloons. When figuring out where to get our cake, I checked out local grocery store bakeries. In the end, we got the cake from Sam’s Club. Their cakes always taste great and the price is reasonable.
4. Have an Afternoon Party
By having an afternoon party between lunch and dinner, guests will not expect you to provide a meal. Keep it simple by providing cake, ice cream, and drinks. If you want to have little finger foods to go along with it you can, but it won’t be expected.
5. Choose a Free Venue
Host the party in your home, or backyard. If your home is not a possibility ask a family member of friend that you know well if you could have it at their home. Maybe you could have it at your church. Go to a park, the beach, or swimming pool (admission is free in Florida).
6. Start Planning Early
By planning early you can compare prices. I started looking around about 2 months in advance. When I checked the adds each week, I looked for items we would need for the party and picked up items here and there. I was able to get the cups and ice cream on great sales.
7. Don’t Compare
Several months ago I shared some of my anxiety about planning a birthday party after searching Pinterest. Whew! You could get carried away. If all those little details are your thing, by all means, go for it. But for me, I realized that my guests were not coming to the party to see Pinterest-worthy decor. The focus was on celebrating my son and letting my guests have a great time.
How do you save on birthday parties? What would you add to this list?