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Inexpensive Birthday Party Ideas?

How can I plan a birthday party for my child on a budget?
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Updated March 2, 2017
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Gymnastics, musical performances, bounce houses, magicians — kids’ birthday parties have gone over the top. But try not to stress. You don’t have to throw an elaborate affair for your kid’s party to be a success. With a little planning, even a simple down-home gathering will get rave reviews. (Even better, the reviewers are the pint-sized set!)

Start by scouring the internet to see what you can find in the way of make-your-own crafts and party supplies (Check out some Pinterest boards for some great ideas). Pick a simple theme, like circles (all the foods can be circled shaped, from donuts to Cheerios; blow circle bubbles; blow up lots of round balloons; fill an inflatable kiddie pool with lightweight plastic balls, etc.) or rainbows (painting murals in rainbow colors, having a multi-layered rainbow cake, etc.) Dollar stores and art supply shops are great resources for inexpensive items.

Keep the fun going with classic party games (there’s a reason Pin the Tail on the Donkey has been around for generations). For favors, consider buying a single inexpensive item (like a jar of bubbles or a coloring book) for each child rather than a goodie bag filled with toys.

Of course, a make-at-home  birthday cake or cupcakes will also help keep cost down. It doesn’t have to be perfect, even a store-bought mix and gobs of icing and sprinkles will bring out smiles.

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