Birthday’s are special occasions and if you’re throwing a party for someone you love – you want to make it extra special. But, sometimes extra special can be pretty expensive. Here are some tips to save you money when throwing your next birthday party on a budget!
- Set a budget. Know exactly how much you want to spend before you even go shopping – this will keep you from overspending at the store.
- Write a list of what you need. The trap in stores is adding things to the cart that you really don’t need – these impulse buys may seem small when viewed individually – but they can really add up.
- Make desserts. Instead of purchasing expensive bakery cupcakes, invest in a frosting tube and practice making fancy bakery designs – it’s much easier than you think! Your cupcakes/cake will have a professional look – and cost you a lot less.
- Re-use. Sort through your cabinets and use ingredients and supplies that you already have! Make a list of what you have before shopping so you don’t repurchase.
- DIY when possible. Creating a birthday banner is now as simple as searching for a free template and printing! Also, don’t be afraid to get creative! Head to your local craft store and purchase some lollipop sticks and a patterned duct tape roll to create custom cupcake toppers!
- Save your party supplies. You’d be surprised what you can re-use again! Think plastic table cloths, extra plates, cups, napkins, and silverware. Store in a plastic labeled container and stow away until your next party!
- Shop the Dollar Store. The Dollar Store can save you BIG bucks when it comes to purchasing plates, napkins, and cups. You can get the same amount for half the price of the big box stores.
- Use coupons. Weeks before your party start clipping coupons found in your paper. Match up the items on your “to buy” list with some of your clippings and get to saving! Don’t forget to check online coupon sites too – or even try directly visiting the manufacturer’s site of a particular item you’re looking for.
- Ask around. If you just went to friends birthday party ask if they would mind keeping the decorations for you to re-use. They most likely will say yes, especially if you offer to swing by and pick up the supplies later! Thank them with a nice card – and maybe an invite to your party!
- Think Less. Your party doesn’t have to be fancy or Pinterest worthy to be fun. Don’t compare what you’re doing to what others have done – just remember that parties are about making the memories and keeping connections alive! Chances are your guests won’t remember all of the party details, but instead they’ll remember the awesome time they had!
I’m Kendall and I blog over at Songbirds and Buttons. I am a momma of one adorable two year old little man named Wyatt and my husband and I are currently expecting baby #2 (due in November!). I’ve been blogging for a few years now and just absolutely love sharing creative ideas, honest and genuine stories of motherhood, and all of the little things I find beautiful in life.