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Cheap Party Ideas - Frugal Kids Birthday Parties

cupcake birthday cakes Cheap party ideas can be hard to come up with. But every frugal mom can learn from these kids birthday ideas and throw fantastic birthday parties at home!

So, your child’s big day is coming up soon and you don’t have the money (or desire) to throw or a huge extravaganza? No problem. This page will hopefully equip you with cheap party ideas that will enable you to throw a killer yet frugal birthday party.

Keep the Guest List Small

First thing first, how many people (kids and adults) will you be inviting to celebrate the big day? Most of the decisions you will have to make regarding how much to spend will be based on this number. If you want to be as frugal as possible, I would suggest keeping this number low. Invite only close friends and family.

There’s no need to invite that cousin that you only see during family reunions or even to invite everyone in your child’s class (though make sure you don’t send your child to school to pass out the invitations in class unless you plan to invite all of the kids – many schools have policies against that). The fewer the guests, the less you will have to spend to accommodate them (and the easier the cleanup).

Location! Location! Location!

Next on the list, where do you plan on having this party? Many people choose to rent out places like Chuck E Cheese thinking that it will be the easiest. However, you usually have to pay per child, you have to buy their food, you are prohibited from bringing in your own cake, and you are limited as far as time.

While you may be tempted to pay upwards of $100 or more to reserve the nearest playplace, you can have a fun party without that high price ticket. Some places that are usually willing to rent out space for private events are community center, parks, and churches. You will want to avoid places that charge per child and, instead opt for places that charge by the hour. Often, the prices are reasonable -- perhaps $10-$20 an hour. The average birthday party lasts between 2 and 3 hours. So you are looking at $30-$60 for the location (plus a likely cleaning deposit that is usually refunded as long as you guys didn’t destroy the place).

You can, however, throw a great birthday party without even leaving the comfort of your own home. Having birthday parties at home are a great idea for a variety of reasons – the biggest of which is that it is absolutely free. You don’t have to pay by the hour for your own home or have to worry about paying a cleaning fee. You also don’t have to worry about any time constraints. Whether you want your party to last two hours or make it an all-day affair – it’s totally up to you.

Decorating on a Budget

When it comes time to decorate for the party, I would definitely suggest visiting your local dollar store. Head over to the party section to load up on balloons, streamers, a banner, candles, plates, cups, and utensils. You could very well decorate for the party for less than $20 (even less if you shop at a store where everything is $1).

One tip when choosing decorations is to avoid branded characters. Although the quality of these products is often no different than another product, the price is often jacked up just because a branded character is on it. There are plenty of kids birthday ideas that do not involve specific characters: cars, princesses, pirates, animals, and pool parties just to name a few.

There are also other cheap party ideas for decorating on a budget. One idea that many moms implement is to recycle decorations. Each year, keep any decorations that are still in good condition and use them again the next year. Even if the theme changes from year to year, things like a Happy Birthday banner and unused balloons can be easily stored and used at the next party.

You can also appeal to your friends for any birthday decorations they may have sitting around the house. And, of course, if you are crafty, you can always make your own decorations. The possibilities of cheap party ideas are endless.

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