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Looking for a way to throw cheap kids birthday parties?

I know I always am!

But I find that in today’s world, it sometimes seems that parents are trying to outdo each other.

I’ve found in my own experience that sometimes the least expensive parties are the best.

Here are some tips to help you plan a cheap birthday party...

  • What type of party does the child want? Talk to them – they may want something simple. If they want something over the top, think about ways to do something similar, that may be cheaper (and unique!).
  • Don’t invite the world! The more is not always the merrier. Know that often party supplies come in groups of 8 or 12. Plan around that number so you don’t have to buy extra packages just to get one or two more invitations, party favors, etc.
  • Prepare a budget and stick to it. You’ll need money for invitations (and thank you notes), decorations, cake and ice cream, any party game supplies and party favors.
  • Plan your party time wisely. Having it in the mid-afternoon means you don’t have to serve a meal!
  • Cheap Decorations…have your child make some the decorations during family craft time around the kitchen table. Make use of crepe paper and balloons. Very cheap, and a lot of wow factor for the money. More ideas for homemade party decorations.
  • Make your own cake, cupcake or cookies.
  • Instead of drinks and ice cream, serve an ice cream punch. It doubles for both cake and ice cream!
  • Make your own piñata if you plan to use one. It is easy to do, and another fun activity for your own kids to participate in leading up to the party.
  • Get creative with party favors for children's parties. How about doing a craft and letting it be the party favor? We did this at a “hillbilly party”. The kids made cornhusk dolls. That, plus the candy they got from the piñata, was their party favor, and they loved it.

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