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10 Ways to Save on Birthday Parties

03/28/2018 10:00AM ● By Digital Media Director

By: Shaina Herrmann

1.  Make your own invitations and thank you notes. This can be done with a printer at home or by hand. All you will need is paper, markers and a little creativity.

2.  Think outside the box. There are ways to create fun decorations out of what you already have. Try displaying photos/collages of the birthday girl or boy on a wall, arranging cupcakes in such a way that they display the child’s age on the table, or writing fun birthday messages on any already existing chalk or whiteboards in the home.

3.  DIY treats. Make your own cake, cupcakes, donuts, or cookies and have the kids decorate their own.

4.  Incorporate simple activities. In place of any paid entertainment, incorporate a simple activity into your party – kids can create their own pizza, do a craft, make canvas artwork, or design party hats! 

5.  Choose a mid-afternoon party. If providing a meal is not within your budget, plan to have your party between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

6. Do a search for DIY party decorations online.  There are many bloggers that have free printouts for invitations,  personalized signs, theme-related food display labels and more!

7. Reusable decorations. For home parties, purchase one or two tablecloths and monogramed or personalized decor that can be reused throughout the years.

8. Weeknight celebrations can be more affordable. For any party away from home, make reservations for an evening during the workweek. Companies will often offer you a significant discount if the party does not take place on a weekend.

9. Limit the options for drinks and food at the party. This is an area where it is easy to go overboard! Make your own party punch, chop your own veggies and cheese, and offer only 1–2 additional snacks. 

10.  Begin your search for supplies early.  When you are at a dollar store or browsing through clearance bins, be on the lookout for fun party favors and decorations.