Back To Basics – Budget Birthday Parties A Guest Post by Leslie Blumenstein for

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sometimes the thought of planning a child’s birthday party seems more like planning their wedding or some other huge life event.  The budget for a standard birthday party seems to have increased exponentially since we were kids.  Bigger, better, faster, more, more, more.  What about a return to simplicity? Let’s get back to basics! 

Isn’t it just fun to have your friends over and play?  I think that if you make your child feel special and offer up a few fun things to do, you’ll find you’ll have a spectacular birthday celebrations and you don’t need all the bells and whistles.  Here are five budget saver ideas to help keep your next birthday party within budget.

Party Invitations - One of the best ways to save money is to either DIY invitations  or send them online.  Printing your own invitations is a great way to save on invitations.  You can create your own designs to coordinate with your party theme.  Since you only have to pay for the cost of the digital download of your design, it’s a very economic option.  You can also elect to send invitations online, which is generally free to do. 

Time of day – When deciding when to host your child’s birthday party the best way to keep it low cost is to plan it in between mealtimes.  That way you only have to provide a light snack and whatever birthday cake treat you choose.

Simple food – By planning the party in between mealtime you can keep your food budget to a minimum.  Planning one savory dish, one snack dish, and a dessert item to serve as the main attraction is plenty.  One mistake many people feel is they have to feed the adults (for young children’s parties).   You really don’t.  Offer something to nibble on and some birthday cake.  Offer lots of water – dress it up with citrus slices or cucumber slices to make it extra refreshing.

Location – Choose a location that is free, your home!  If your home isn’t big enough, ask a grandparent, aunts or uncles.  It’s likely someone would be more than willing to host their beloved grandchild, niece or nephew’s birthday party (especially if you offer to help tidy up before and after).   If you are lucky enough live somewhere that has accommodating weather or the season provides warm enough weather, have the party at your child’s favorite playground, park or lake.

Limit the Guest List – Do you really need to invite the whole class?  In my opinion, you really don’t need to.  The less people you have the less expensive the party will be.  Some people go with the rule that if their child is turning six, then they get to invite six friends.   Choose the people your child enjoys being around and will enjoy celebrating with.  It’s not about impressing neighbors, classmates and friends.  It’s about celebrating your child the adventures they’ve had and the ones they will have in the coming year.  
You can easily incorporate all or some of these elements to help you create a birthday party budget that is realistic and still allows you to throw a great party.   Happy Celebrating!  

Leslie Blumenstein is a contributing writer for, an innovative invitations and party planning site.  She has helped put together many party planning tips for a variety of occasions as one of PurpleTrail’s party experts.  You can find more of her party ideas and suggestions at


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...