6 Ways to Save Money on Birthday Parties

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A child’s birthday party doesn’t have to be extravagant and cost you a lot of money. Children have fun no matter what, even if it’s a small backyard birthday party. Here are 6 ways you can save money on your child’s next birthday party:

1. Entertainment:

Most parents think that you have to hire a creepy clown or provide other forms of entertainment for children at birthday parties. False. Children are professionals of entertaining themselves. The key is to use what you already have for entertainment, like a water hose, bubbles, music, board games and outdoor games.

2. Decorations:

Think dollar store. Dollar stores have balloons, streamers, plastic plates and cups galore! There is no need to get expensive decorations or overdo it. The kids really don’t care and are more concerned with the cake and games. Keep it simple and focus on other aspects of the birthday party.

3. Food:

One way to save on food costs is to schedule the birthday party in off times like in the afternoon after lunch and before dinner so that way you are not responsible for feeding them a meal. A two o’clock party is perfect and just count on serving cupcakes. This brings me to the cake/cupcakes, make your own! You will save tons of money if you make it at home.

4. Location:

It’s all about the location, location, location. Have the birthday party at your home, even though there will be a mess to clean up, it will save you some big rental bucks. If you want a different location, think public places. Parks and pools are typically free or VERY inexpensive to host a birthday party at. Just remember to bring bread for the ducks and some sunscreen!

5. Invites:

The invites can be a fun at home project with your child. All you need is some construction paper and fun markers, glitter and whatever you think would be fitting for the birthday party theme. Instead of mailing them out, drop them off one by one on a Saturday afternoon or have you child pass them out after school one day.

6. Favors:

It’s the little things in life that kids are most happy with. When sending a child home with a favor think small and fun for the moment. A little baggy of two pieces of candy, bubbles and stickers are perfect. Head over to the dollar store for these items.

Birthday parties are meant to celebrate your child’s day of birth with their loved ones. Keep it simple, fun and you can’t go wrong! Let the kids and the birthday child be their own entrainment. Happy birthday and happy celebrations!

Author Bio

Healther SmithHeather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to finding a nanny by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at] gmail.com.



  1. Amen to the homemade cake. I get so many compliments on my homemade cakes or cupcakes and all they are is cake mix. People say they don’t have time, but I can mix up a batch of cupcakes in less than an hour and I don’t have to leave the house because I keep cake mix and powdered sugar in the pantry. EASY!
    RAnn…recently posted…Sunday Snippets–A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      I’m with you, RAnn! I actually have a from-scratch recipe that I found online a long time ago that is super easy, and doesn’t take that much time!

  2. My post on having a birthday party at home has more staying power than almost anything else I’ve written…clearly this is on everyone’s mind! http://kathleenbasi.com/2010/04/28/reclaiming-the-home-birthday-party/
    Kathleen Basi…recently posted…Sunday SnippetsMy Profile

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