Children's birthday parties have become very frivolous and expensive in recent years. Gone are the days when Mom made a homemade cake and a special meal. Now, there is pressure to have a big, expensive party. For some families, though, budget is a concern. Consider these ways to reduce costs of the party while still having a good time.
Make Gifts Meaningful
Your kid does not have to get a pile of presents for a birthday to be special. Instead of focusing on the quantity of gifts, focus on the quality. Custom gifts like a personalized birthday book for child can be meaningful for years to come. You can choose to buy your child a special gift instead of an expensive one.
Have the Party at Home
Paying for a venue for a party can be expensive. This can eat away at your overall party budget and leave you with less money for gifts, food and decorations. Instead of choosing a pricey place to host the party, have it at home or other free location. If you house is too small, perhaps a grandparent or other family member has a house big enough to accomodate. Get creative with your location without compromising the fun your child will have at the party.
Do Not Host a Mealtime Party
A party will be much less expensive if you host it in the mid-afternoon. If you have a party at noon or late in the evening, a meal may be expected. This can become very expensive even if you only have a few guests. Instead, host your child's party between two and four o'clock; at this time, it is acceptable to just have cake, ice cream and a few snacks.
A party does not have to be over-the-top for your child to have a great birthday.
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