How to Save On Birthday Parties
My oldest just turned 6 years old last week and I still can’t believe that I am getting that old! I mean that she is getting that old. I lucked out and have 2 girls so I have been able to save money on a lot of things by reusing items. Here are some ways that I save on birthday parties.
I have been able to reuse items since my girls like the same things. I have been able to use some decorations 2-3 times because they like certain themes for long periods of time. I have reused items from friends and have had friends borrow my decorations also.
I have also seen people sell their decorations. This is a good way to save some money and the items are typically only used for one day so should be in new condition.
Think about the location and what that will cost. I have had several parties at my home when they were younger since it was all my friends anyway. Now that they are getting older, I don’t feel like dealing with the stress of cleaning or having strangers in my home. I have now started having their parties at a park. The fee for the park is $25, however the last party was free. They don’t take reservations before April, so I didn’t have to pay the fee. I did risk someone already being there on the day but luckily it worked out.
For older kids, consider going to do activities with a few friends. The cost of the activity is offset by the cost of decorations and cake. It will also save money to go somewhere but not do a birthday package. I have done this with bowling. I was able to find a Groupon for bowling and I brought our own cake. I didn’t have to pay an outrageous fee just because it was a birthday party.
It may be socially unacceptable at this point but I do not do party favors. I have a few little things for the kids to play with at the party but I’m not spending more on favors than the entire rest of the party combined. I don’t know who started this trend but I wish it would end. The toys are cheaply made but expensive, they break or get lost within hours and I end up throwing them all away. Someone please get this to END!
Food & Cake
Another way I have started saving money on birthday parties is changing the time of the party. When my first kid had her first birthday party, I went all out. I had a special ordered professional cake. I had it at dinner time and fed everyone. I quickly learned that it was too stressful to do all that. I didn’t get to enjoy anyone’s company because I was running around cooking and everything else. I now make my own cake or get a cheap one at the grocery story.
I also started having the parties around 2pm. I don’t have to provide lunch or dinner that way. I have still provided snacks on occasion but sometimes I don’t. The party we did last week at the park, I only had cupcakes, juice and water. But you know what, the kids had SO much fun because they were at the park. They ran for over 2 hours. They didn’t care they didn’t get party favors, snacks, or ice cream. They only cared that they got to play and have fun with their friends. Isn’t that what it should all be about anyway?
What are some ways that you save on birthday parties?