5 ways to save money on your child's birthday party | Families
If you have children, when birthdays roll around each year you're likely are tempted to spend hundreds of dollars to make a really special party for your little one. Some parents spend thousands!
Perhaps you don't have thousands, or even hundreds, of dollars to spend on a birthday party. That's okay; most of us don't!
Here are some ideas to have maximum fun with your children on a not-so-maximum budget:
1. Instead of buying a bakery cake, which range from $25 for a quarter sheet to up to hundreds of dollars for custom cakes, make your own birthday cake. Keep it simple; remember, fancy cakes are nice, but they are usually more impresive for other parents. The kids just want to eat cake. Cupcakes are simple to make, too!
No time to make your own cake? Ask Aunt Sue or your grandmother if they can help out if you provide the ingredients.
2. Don't feel as if you should buy themed plates, cups, etc. Your child might love a certain character or Disney star, but you don't have to plaster that person's face on everything at the party. Buy simple (and less epxensive) plates, napkins and cups in one color, (often found at dollar stores) and use things you already have around the playroom for decor on the table or walls, like plush Sponge Bob toys or My Little Pony figurines.
3. Learn how to do simple facepainting yourself. You'd only need to know how to do a few designs (a flower, a lightning bolt, a fish, or whatever the theme is) to make it fun. Teach a teenager in your family how to do a few designs. They'd probably love to do that part of the party! (make sure to ask parents' permission before painting their child's skin, in case of allergies, etc.)
4. Have the party at a local park or neighborhood swimming pool to make it feel even more special. East Texas is full of beautiful parks. A memorable party in my family occurred at Brookshire's World of Wildlife Park and museum in Tyler. The moms all loved that the entire park is fenced in to keep little ones safe as they climbed on the fire truck, caboose, and dug in the sand boxes. We had cake on the picnic tables there and then moms visited in the shade while children played.
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5. If you have friends or family members who have a special skill, like ballet dancing, painting, sign language, etc., ask them to be the "entertainment" for the party. They'll get to share their love of their hobby or job, and the kids will get to learn something new and have fun!
What are your best tips for saving money on kids' parties? Send them to MamaSteph@kltv.com.