A few years ago, I recounted the tragic tale of how I “accidentally” spent almost $450 on my daughter’s birthday party – an event that was held in my backyard – to celebrate her turning 2. At the time, I vowed how I’d never go overboard with a child’s birthday party again.
Liar, liar, pants on fire.
My daughter’s birthday happens to fall right at the beginning of the school year, and as we were new to town last year, I decided to invite every little girl my daughter had come across during her first two months in our new city. I figured half of them wouldn’t come, so our initial guest list of 14 would be more like 7.
Instead, every single little girl my daughter invited RSVP’d “yes,” and as a result the party at a local beauty salon (geared for kids) that was supposed to cost $200 ended up costing twice that much. Once again, I’d gone overboard without ever intending to.
But this year, I’m finally going to make good on my promise not to overspend on my children’s birthday parties. Here’s how:
My son will turn 3 in a few weeks, and has been begging me for months to throw him a party at a local “bounce house” type of venue. Unfortunately, the price tag for those pre-packaged parties runs upwards of $300 – definitely not in our budget this year! So instead, I’m throwing him a party at a local park. Turns out, shelter rental is free to city residents, so right off the bat I saved $75. I’m only inviting family and three of his friends and their families; in lieu of gifts, each family will bring one kid-friendly dish to share, potluck style. All we’ll be paying for are the hot dogs & hamburgers, drinks, and cake – around $100. I know the kids will have a blast on the newly-refurbished playground at the park, as well as enjoying the nearby lake.
My daughter’s birthday party plans were a little trickier to solidify, mostly because I’d upped the ante over the past few years. But not to fear! A few weekends ago, we were at a silent auction for our church’s fundraiser when – lo and behold! – I spotted the perfect item up for grabs: a birthday party for 8 at a local jewelry store for kids. The package came with:
- Pizza and drinks for up to 8 kids
- $10 for EACH child to spend in store
- Each child would get to make her own bracelet as a craft
- Each child would get to decorate her own wooden doll as a craft
- 2 hours of karaoke/dancing in the store after hours
I hovered near the item all night, finally swooping in minutes before the silent auction closed with my winning bid of $100. I’ll still have to provide the cake, but with just 8 girls in attendance, I anticipate I won’t spend more than $20 tops at the local bakery. Score!
What are some creative, cost-effective ways you’ve come up with to celebrate your children’s birthdays, all while staying on budget?
Article publié pour la première fois le 06/10/2014