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How to Throw an Affordable Birthday Party

Posted by on May. 21, 2011 at 10:37 PM
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How to Throw an Affordable Birthday Party 
by Kelly Richards 
A fun, frugal party for that special child! 
 
Throwing a party for your child's birthday is almost a 
necessity these days, but there are plenty of ways to do it 
without breaking the bank. The key is to think like your child 
without making all the expensive choices. It means you're 
going to have to get very creative. 
 
Keep the Party Small 
 
The one thing that drives up the cost of a birthday party 
faster than anything else is adding on guests. For each guest 
who comes, you need party favors, cake, and other food, so 
keeping your party small is the easiest way to keep it 
affordable. 
 
Some parents use the rule of inviting as many kids are your 
child's age, but this is certainly a very loose rule. Try to 
keep the number of children under 10 to really be able to 
control your costs. If your child is six years or younger, 
then three or four friends is certainly plenty. Just don't 
feel obligated to invite your child's entire school class. You 
need to set some limits. Besides, the fewer the kids you have 
to deal with, the less stress you will feel during the party. 
 
Cut Costs on Decorations 
 
One very easy place to save money is on the decorations. Many 
parents go all out and spend a lot of money on the name-brand 
banners and streamers with their child's favorite cartoon 
character on them. However, you can add just as much color and 
flare by using balloons and just plain streamers. One bag of 
balloons is very inexpensive, and the streamers are certainly 
optional. You'll be amazed at how festive you can make the 
space by simply using balloons! 
 
If your child really wants some kind of decoration with her 
favorite cartoon character, then opt for the paper plates and 
napkins. This is a very inexpensive way to add your child's 
personality into the party while still keeping it affordable. 

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Rushn311
by on May. 21, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Thanks! I admit, this is very hard for me to do. I spend a lot on decor. I just love  it! :D

mommythree0508
by on May. 21, 2011 at 10:57 PM
I usually buy half character stuff and hald in a coordinating color.Like one pack spongebob napkins and one pack yellow.
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02nana07
by on May. 21, 2011 at 11:02 PM

poster boards are another cheap option where you can draw or glue the characters on along with birthday wishes from the kids at the party.

chiquis
by on May. 22, 2011 at 2:56 PM

good tips

nomadbrat83
by on May. 22, 2011 at 3:03 PM
Me too lol

Quoting Rushn311:

Thanks! I admit, this is very hard for me to do. I spend a lot on decor. I just love  it! :D

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Starleet
by on May. 22, 2011 at 3:08 PM

bump

tazdvl
by on May. 22, 2011 at 3:22 PM

 thanks

iam4you2
by on May. 22, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Thank You

Hottmomma607
by Platinum Member on May. 22, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Great tips! Only thing is the school wont allow you invite just one or two due to hurt feelings. You have to invite everyone!! *sigh*

Quoting JHanc968:

How to Throw an Affordable Birthday Party 
by Kelly Richards 
A fun, frugal party for that special child! 
 
Throwing a party for your child's birthday is almost a 
necessity these days, but there are plenty of ways to do it 
without breaking the bank. The key is to think like your child 
without making all the expensive choices. It means you're 
going to have to get very creative. 
 
Keep the Party Small 
 
The one thing that drives up the cost of a birthday party 
faster than anything else is adding on guests. For each guest 
who comes, you need party favors, cake, and other food, so 
keeping your party small is the easiest way to keep it 
affordable. 
 
Some parents use the rule of inviting as many kids are your 
child's age, but this is certainly a very loose rule. Try to 
keep the number of children under 10 to really be able to 
control your costs. If your child is six years or younger, 
then three or four friends is certainly plenty. Just don't 
feel obligated to invite your child's entire school class. You 
need to set some limits. Besides, the fewer the kids you have 
to deal with, the less stress you will feel during the party. 
 

Cut Costs on Decorations 
 
One very easy place to save money is on the decorations. Many 
parents go all out and spend a lot of money on the name-brand 
banners and streamers with their child's favorite cartoon 
character on them. However, you can add just as much color and 
flare by using balloons and just plain streamers. One bag of 
balloons is very inexpensive, and the streamers are certainly 
optional. You'll be amazed at how festive you can make the 
space by simply using balloons! 
 
If your child really wants some kind of decoration with her 
favorite cartoon character, then opt for the paper plates and 
napkins. This is a very inexpensive way to add your child's 
personality into the party while still keeping it affordable. 







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LadyCash
by on May. 22, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Very good ideas.  Less can be more, and we keep parties simple too. More money for prezzies, lol.

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