These days families look for ways to save money, and birthday parties are no exception. Spending more money doesn’t always equal a better party, especially when it’s a kid’s party and with a little planning, you can throw a fantastic party on a budget.
How to Save on the Cake
Unfortunately, cake is a hefty part of the party budget and if you’re not careful you could be dropping a significant amount of your budget just on a cake. To save money, bake the cake at home instead of purchasing from a bakery. You may need to make a practice cake or two if the party is for an older kid but the savings is well worth it.
If you aren’t a talented baker you can get pre-made fondant to cover your cake and then add decorations to the top for a professional look and no one will notice you made it. Heck, if you can’t bake from scratch you can even use a pre-made mix to achieve the same results but be warned that pre-made cake mix does taste differently than store bought cake.
Saving on Decorations
Party decorations are really inexpensive when you catch them on sale. I have seen them deeply discounted at practically every store I’ve been to at some point in the year. You can find them in just about every theme possible. To keep costs down purchase party decorations when you find them on clearance and store them for later use. You can always sell the decorations you won’t be using at a later date.
Another idea to get party decorations for less is to check selling groups, craigslist or eBay. When shopping with eBay make sure you look at the shipping price as many times the shipping is overcharged to make up for the price of the decorations, making them the same price as retail.
Saving on the Event Location
The event location is often key to family members wanting something close by and entertaining but that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to save. Consider a park setting, parks and recreation allow the rental of their parks and have designated areas for parties that are both affordable and large enough to accommodate a large crowd, and sometimes they also come with the option of renting a bounce house, clown or other entertainment.
For smaller parties consider hosting it at yours or a relative’s house, having the party at your house would be free, allowing more money towards entertainment and food.
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