You go through it once at least once a year, your kid bugs about it everyday one month leading up to the their birthday party. Once it’s over you are more happy and can finally move on. It’s sad, but it’s the reality. Planning and having a birthday party can be stressful, tiring, but most of all costly. I don’t know when or how, but in the United States, celebrating a birthday has gone up and up in price. Today you have shows like “My Sweet 16″ that glamorize these exotics celebrations, where parents ditch out thousands and thousands of dollars for that one day of celebration. 90% of the time, these snobby teens, don’t deserve anything, but that’s another article. How do parents get to the point where they feel they have to out do their peers kids birthday party? Is it jealousy? Is it the pride in leting everyone know that their kid is the best, therefor they will get what they wish? Regardless everyone has reasons behind their lavish spending, or their decision to forgo a party this year and just have cake and ice cream.
Let’s walk through the steps of planning and celebrating a simple birthday party that will keep you on a budget.
1. Location – Location is the first thing you will have to choose. When it comes to locations, you have options that can range from free to 1k. Let’s talk about a few and the cost.
At a Park – having a birthday party at a park is the cheapest and easiest place to have it at. You can choose a local park close to where you live, or can drive closer to where your family lives. If you get there early enough you can choose the perfect spot that has shade and is close by the playground. Some parks offer pavilions which you can reserve for less than $150. The good thing about having a party at a park, is that you have options, you can pick a small park close by, or can even choose a lake nearby. Make sure you know your location before you start the planning.
At Home – Many people think that having a birthday party at home is the cheapest way to go. Yes and no. Yes, because you have the comfort of your home and if your house is already nice, you don’t have to fix it up. We have gone to many birthday parties so setup bounce houses hours before the party starts, and we see home owners fixing their house the day of. We have seen it all, owners installing floors, painting the exterior and interior, the day of their party. I’m sure this has to bring tons of stress to them and the spouses, and I’m sure most left stuff undone. Having a party at home can be cheap, but thing about the planning, fixing up, and most importantly the clean-up.
2. Theme/Decorations – Once you know the location, you can choose the theme of the party. Will it be princesses or prince. As new movies come out, your kids have more options. You can keep this cheap by going to Walmart and looking in the clearance rack and choosing generic decorations. Please Please don’t over do it. You can keep this under $50.
3. Food/Candy – Parents over do it with food. I have seen and heard of people spending well over 1k on food. Remember, this is a kids birthday party, there will be many more, you don’t have to spend tons of money on food. Our best option is for you to go to Little Ceasers pizza and buy a bunch of $5 pizzas and then go to Walmart and buy a bunch of .99 cent 2 litters. Trust me, if your guests are hungry, they will eat.
4. Entertainment – a juke box and back ground is always a good option. Some other free entertainment, is tug of war, sack race, and musical chairs. You can choose to book a bounce house for bounce house rentals duncanville. A bounce house can cost you between $100 – $300, depending on the type and size. You can go to the extreme and hire a clown, magician, and animal zoo, but remember this will put you well over 1k when it’s all said and done.
The biggest thing to think about when you are planning a birthday party is to remember that your kid will have many more parties, don’t kill your budget because you want to go all out on 1 party. Budget yourself, plan accordingly, but most of all take a bunch of pictures and video.