By contributing writer Connie Hughes
Having a large family can mean celebrating birthdays frequently. Since we have 10 people in our family, we have almost one birthday a month, which can get quite expensive! Here are five tips to help you save on birthday parties.
5 Ways to Save on Birthday Parties
Keep it Small
In our family, we have family-only birthday parties unless it is the 5th, 10th, or 15th birthday. On those special birthdays, we celebrate with a big blowout and invite tons of friends, but on the other years we keep it small with family only.
By doing this, we keep the costs manageable most years, and the birthday child really looks forward to those special parties. You could have friend parties on even years, every 3 years, or whatever you decide.
Keeping the party small saves money!
Keep it Simple
Make your own party games.
My kids don’t care whether we have a hand drawn “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” or a $15 store bought version. Add a few balloons, turn on some lively music, and enjoy the simplicity (and savings) of handmade games.
Here are some simple team games which require very little expense.
Give Simple Party Favors
Have you noticed party favors are getting more and more elaborate?
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to wow the guests with expensive party favors. A box of crayons and a coloring book, a sheet of stickers and a notepad, a lollipop and some bubbles are all inexpensive ideas for party favors.
Have the Party at a Free Location
Save the money you would spend at Chuck E. Cheese or the skating rink and have the party at home or a local park. You can still make it festive by using balloons, streamers, and bright table cloths, but you won’t spend a fortune on the venue.
Make the Birthday Cake
You will save money by making the birthday cake or cupcakes yourself. And remember, it doesn’t have to be a huge sheet cake if you have a small party.
Try these homemade birthday cakes:
- Barbie Cake
- Ice Cream Cake
- Ice Cream Cookie Cake
- Water Slide Cake
- Soccer Birthday Cake
- Funfetti Cake
- Rainbow Cupcakes
- Wizard of Oz Cupcakes
How do you save money on birthday parties?