Birthday Parties on a Budget
Member Amber, Parker, CO
My husband's income is the
sole source for our home, and we live on a pretty tight budget.
Even so, I still want to make my kids' birthday parties ones
that they will never forget.
and spend some time. Time is money — so if you don't have
the money, you have to spend the time.
I have a few suggestions
to help plan an unforgettable birthday on a budget.
of all, choose a theme.
My kids will pick a theme based on their toys.
For instance, my son loves
Nemo and has a few Nemo figurines and stuffed toys. For his
last birthday party, I used his toys to decorate instead of
buying decorations that will only get used once.
You can also
give the small figurine-type toys a good wash and then use
them on the birthday cake.
Second, for favor
bags, I just use scraps of fabric and sew up the sides
to make little bags. With a permanent marker or fabric paint,
I write a child's name on each bag.
Instead of party games, I
like to do a craft,
and that is the "goody" that you can put in the goody bag.
For instance, for my son's Nemo party, I got some fish sun
catchers for the kids to paint. They were cheap and the kids
loved doing it.
You can even do something
with construction paper
and crayons, depending on the age of the children. Throw
in a package of gummies (they make almost every kind) that
match the party theme and you have a goody bag that every
kid will love.