Who says you have to break the bank when cheering up your kid on his birthday? Indeed, there’s no better way to make your child’s special day memorable and truly fun-filled than to throw up a party, although you also have to be mindful of your budget. If you don’t keep a close eye on it, you’ll be shocked to see that you’ve already spent a small fortune on food, decoration, invitation, and giveaways. The truth is, kids really don’t mind if you give them a simple birthday bash. What matters most is the time and effort that you’ve spent, as well the company of family and friends that make the whole affair fun and memorable.
So, how do you extend the fun and excitement on your child’s birthday while cutting the cost of the event? Check out our simple yet very practical tips and you’ll rejoice with the fact that you don’t have to drop big bucks on this big day.
- Keep the Food Simple
Budget-savvy momma blogger Teri Storelli shares that keeping the food simple and low-key is one of the best thing that could cut the cost of a birthday party. Choose a main dish that’s easy to prepare, a sandwich or finger food, and a dessert, plus the drinks. Plan out the menu in advance and start looking for coupons, so when shopping time comes, you could either enjoy getting freebies or discounts. Pick menus that can be prepared ahead of time, or those that you can serve in room temperature so you don’t need reheat the dish come eating time.
- Shop at Dollar Stores
Vigilant Mom Dana Hinders would always shop at local dollar store when throwing a birthday bash for her kids. She shares that dollar stores are the best places to look for cheap yet eye-catching utensils, plates, napkins, cups, as well as kiddy decors and streamers.
- Decorate using recycled items
You don’t have to shop for decorations if you are just creative enough recycle existing items. For example, Hinders shares that you can stuff tall transparent vases and jar with Lego bricks or crayons for attractive centerpiece. You can also use small toy cars to top birthday cakes. Printable kiddie decors that could match well on your theme are also available online.
- Hunt for grocery coupons and shop when on sale
Once you have prepared the list of the items that you need to purchase, the next thing that you need to do is look for a Sunday newspaper or check out a grocery store’s website because that’s where you’ll find some of the best deals. Then, watch out for a big sale. That’s when you have to go shopping for your birthday party needs. You’ll shout out with joy with the huge savings you’ll get.
Indeed, having fun on your kid’s birthday is more enjoyable when you’ve realized you’ve actually saved more!
About the author – Manilyn Moreno is a caterer and writer for Better Cater, a catering software company. Aside from encouraging caterers to use catering software to help them efficiently manage events financial and recipe costing, they also provide catering tips and recipes to caterers.