Yes, you can host a fabulous kids' birthday party on a budget! Get ideas for birthday party themes, how to save money and more!
Want to throw a Birthday Party on a Budget? It's not as hard as you think. Each year, I share photos from my kids' parties, and we have a lot of fun. I basically follow the same formula every year, so I'm sharing my tricks & tips.
How to host a Kids' Birthday Party on a Budget
Limit the number of guests
A good rule to follow is the age of the child plus one. We've used that for years now, and it always seems to be the right amount. When we do an outing party (like to a local park or bowling), we can only invite the number of kids that fit in the van, so that gives us a small number automatically.
Host in the mid-afternoon
By choosing to have your party at 1:00 or 2:00pm, you can serve just snacks and birthday cake. Then you're not spending more money on a full meal. This was especially helpful when my children were preschoolers and their guests' parents would stay for the party.
My kids get a kick out of picking their own snack foods to fit a theme, like Cat Cookies for our Kitty Cat Party (4yo girls). You can either make or buy snacks for any birthday party theme.
Keep the decorations simple
Instead of expensive themed cups and plates, we usually buy solid colors and decorate them with stickers or washi tape (or not at all). For my son's Lego Party (6yo boy), we used what we had in the house and made a simple construction paper banner.
Focus on fun
For my twins' 6th birthday, they specifically said, “We just want to have our friends over and play games.” That made for a great Zoo Animal Party. It doesn't have to cost a lot to have fun and make them feel special.
That's why you'll see the same games across our parties. We do simple party games like “Pin the tail on the ____” and Duck, Duck Goose, since they're just right for kids this age. We make our own from posterboard or look up party games online instead of spending any money.
We buy most of our party supplies at the Dollar Tree, and if you plan ahead you can shop elsewhere with coupons and sales for very low prices. I always buy Mylar balloons at the dollar store, since they're a dollar. The same balloons cost $4-5 at the party store!
For our Western Birthday Party (7yo girls) this spring, I did spend a little money on favor-type items, the bandanas and jump ropes, but they served as the decorations and then the guests got to take them home.
What are some ways you save money on kids' birthday parties?
Image from Alan Cleaver