This post may contain affiliate or referral links. Read more about this in our disclosure policy.
Throwing a birthday party can get expensive, and the more kids you have, the more expensive it can get. When throwing a birthday party, you have to worry about the expenses for decorations, food, and sometimes even renting a location. Thankfully, there are ways to throw a birthday party without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips for saving on your child’s next birthday party.
Tips for Saving Money on Your Kid's Birthday Party
Do It Yourself Decorations
Pinterest can be your best friend when it comes to throwing a birthday party. Decorations can be pretty pricey at the store. To save some money, go online and look up ideas for decorating a party on a budget. You can usually find some great DIY projects for centerpieces, banners, and even games for the kids to play. Get some free printable decor on Pinterest and buy solid color plates, utensils, napkins and balloons for your theme.
Skip the Caterer
In addition to expensive decorations, food can quickly eat up the rest of your party budget. This year, save money and skip the caterer. Instead, you can do the cooking yourself or ask some close family members to help out. If you don’t want to worry about a meal, try throwing the party mid-afternoon so that you can make snacks only. Your cheapest option is always pizza. One word $5 pizzas from Little Ceasars. 5 Pizzas = $25 offer water instead of soda and juice and you can't beat that!
Keep It Small
Another great way to save on your child’s birthday party is to keep it small. It can be easy to add more and more names to the invite list as you think about co-workers or other acquaintances with kids, but the more people that show up, the more the birthday party can cost. Instead, invite close friends and family only, making it an intimate gathering of those you love. Skip inviting the whole class, think about it doesn't you child really get along with everyone in their class?
Include a RSVP
When sending your birthday party invites, make sure the card includes a RSVP. By including a RSVP, you’ll be able to get an accurate count of the people planning to attend. This will help you plan supplies accordingly, ensuring you don’t have extra food or party favors. In the end, this will save you the cost of the extra supplies.
Make the Cake Part of the Fun
Honestly, skip the cake altogether. Get plain cupcakes and some cake decorating items and let the kids decorate the cupcakes themselves. This will save money on a cake and entertain the kids, so it's one less game or activity you have to plan.
Skip the Favors
I personally hate it when my kids come home with party favors. It's normally candy or some toy(s) I have to smuggle out of the house when they aren't looking. It will save your money to just skip the favors!
These tips will help you save on your child’s birthday party. How do you save on your kids' birthday parties?
I am a mom to 5 kids, homeschool mom, blogger, social media junkie, Frugalista, Book Worm, and Closet Want-to-be Chef. We are a Roadschool family (homeschooling on the road while traveling fulltime).
I grew up learning ways to save from my mom and grandma. I started my own coupon journey when my first child was born in 2009 and started the blog on 2010 when baby #2 was born to share my tips with everyone who kept asking about how I was getting diapers for $1 a pack!
Click here to learn more about starting a blog.
Latest posts by Danielle, The Frugal Navy Wife (see all)
- Easy Instant Pot Au Gratin Potatoes Recipe - July 17, 2019
- 12 Family Summer Activities That You Won’t Believe are Actually FREE - July 12, 2019
- $100 Until Payday: The $100 Grocery Budget (or Less!) - July 2, 2019