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5 Tips for Throwing a Birthday Party on a Budget

No matter what age your little one may be, many parents want to throw the perfect birthday party to celebrate. But between food, drinks, and decorations, it can become an expensive endeavor especially if you have a lot of friends and family who you want to invite. Luckily, we know a few simple tricks to cut costs. Let us help you throw a great birthday party on a budget with these five tips:

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Email the Invitations

Instead of paying for paper invitations and the postage that comes along with them, opt for free online invitations instead. There are a variety of options to choose from that allow you to personalize the look of your invitations, send them out free of charge and keep track of RSVPs.

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Skip the Party Store

Many of the items sold at traditional party stores tend to be marked higher in price than other places. For example, if you’re looking for candy, go to the grocery store and buy it by the bag instead of paying a premium for individual pieces at a party shop. You can also look online for things like favors and decorations, where you may be able to find cheaper prices.

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Get Creative with Food

There are many ways you can feed your party guests without breaking the bank. Consider hosting a potluck, focusing on finger foods only, having a dessert bar or making food at home instead of choosing to cater. This is a good rule of thumb for the cake, too. Some bakeries can be very expensive; however, if you make the cake yourself or purchase a plainly-frosted one from the grocery store that you can decorate, you’ll find it easier to stay within budget.

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Decorate with Crafts

Forego expensive decorations from the store and make your own instead. This is also a great way to get your child involved if he is old enough to participate. Balloons are just one type of affordable decoration that you can use in a variety of ways. If you’re not the crafting type, check your local thrift store or ask other parents if they have any leftover decorations from previous parties that you could use.

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Stick to Your Budget

No matter what fun items you find along the way, stick to the budget you’ve set for yourself originally. This will help you to stay focused and keep you from spending money on unnecessary items.