We have all heard about them.
Maybe you have even attended one. I’m talking about celebrity style over the top birthday parties.
Ones with bands, pony rides, amusement attractions and designer decor. You know what I’m talking about. The birthday parties with the over the top price tags.
But one thing I really wonder when you see the perfect Instagram picture of these parties, did everyone really have fun?
Did the kids have fun? Was it really worth spending all that money?
Don’t get me wrong, I am sure if we could all hire a party planner and a chef to cater our family parties we would.
Birthday parties on a budget.
You don’t need to go over the top and spend crazy amounts of money on a birthday party for everyone to have fun.
Simple decorations, great company, yummy food and of course presents and goody bags. Maybe a game or two.
As I sit here writing this post my son and I are planning his upcoming birthday and he is at the age where he know what he wants.
Maybe my frugality has rubbed of on him or maybe it’s his lack of interest in big crowds. This years request is a simple pizza dinner with themed cupcakes and some good quality family time.
And honestly after all the semi-over the top invite all the classmates parties, I have to agree simple is always better.
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Your must have party essentials.
There must always be cake in some form or another, unless you are throwing an adult party than dessert of any kind will do.
You need candles, even for those who do not want to admit their age there needs to be candles and wishes. It’s tradition.
Balloons and party decorations I believe are a requirement even if you DIY the decor. Or shop around and find a great deal on themed party supplies.
Plan a few party games or activities to occupy or encourage mingling of guests but don’t go over board. I can tell you from experience kids can find enough to do on their own.
Stick to finger foods or common comfort foods or appetizers for your party. Less to prepare and less to clean up. Other great party food ideas would be BBQ or Pizza.
Or maybe you are sticking to chips and cake.
Don’t go over board.
Don’t do it! But we have all done it. I think it is in the parenting manual to over buy on the food. To try and impress the other parents. To over occupy our children and to grant every wish.
Set a birthday budget and stick to it. Make it all work. Print off themed party printables from the web, order basic party supplies. Plan a small get together and skip the bouncy castle.
Bigger isn’t always better, work with what you have. Involve your family and friends. Host a potluck. Keep it simple and have fun.
Some of the best birthday parties we have been to have been small do it yourself designs, homemade food and great company.
PS. This year our party theme was Star Wars with chocolate cupcakes. What more could a boy ask for?
Have an amazing day,
Saving & Simplicity