Birthday Planning Tips For Busy Mom’s

Birthdays have become such an important event in a child’s life. When they come home from school clutching brightly colored invites for the latest and greatest parties, their own birthday becomes the focus. Every child wants to have the best party they can have for their turn of the year, but birthdays have seemingly become such a competition! Expenses include invites, food, the hiring of a hall and entertainment or another venue with soft play fun.

Your child’s birthday is a big occasion but you should try – where possible – to avoid busting the budget for a party. Having the best party in the class may be important for a child but you’ve got to balance that with not going into debt for it. There are many costs associated with childhood that is on the rise, but a party doesn’t have to be one of them. We’ve got some fantastic birthday party planning tips for you busy Mom’s out there who don’t have all the time in the world to plan!

Simplicity is key. Children are excited about the cake, the candles to blow out and their friends. Rather than pay for a hugely decadent cake, why not look at baking your own? There are plenty of YouTube tutorials out there to be able to bake and ice a cake that will suit your child’s birthday theme. Kids tend not to notice if a cake is a huge fancy affair, so don’t break the bank buying it.

The beauty of hosting a party is you can invite as many or as little people as you like. You don’t have to have a huge affair with every child in the class invited along. If the budget is tight, tell your little one to choose four or five friends and have a garden party instead. Not only will a smaller party of children cut down on your food budget, but the party bag costs will stay small as well.

Children love a good birthday party but that doesn’t mean you have to put yourself into debt pulling off a beautiful occasion.

Invitations and décor depend on the venue. Some venues for children’s parties do invitations included in the party package you buy. Otherwise, you’ve got to look at getting deals when shopping online and try and get the best party pack you can. When it comes to themed invitations, look at Pinterest – some of the most creative ideas for themes are on the website and you can choose to make your own and get a little crafty or buy online.

Food for a birthday party doesn’t have to be something pricey. If you are hiring a birthday package at a venue, food should be an option but if you are concerned about allergies and similar issues, go for self-catering. You can ensure that each guest is well-catered for and that you make the appropriate amount of food to minimize any waste. Kids don’t tend to want to sit down to a meal at a birthday party; they’re too busy being excited about all the fun they’re having. Buy cardboard lunch boxes like these and fill them up with a small birthday tea.

The beauty of hosting a party is you can invite as many or as little people as you like. You don’t have to have a huge affair with every child in the class invited along. If the budget is tight, tell your little one to choose four or five friends and have a garden party instead. Not only will a smaller party of children cut down on your food budget, but the party bag costs will stay small as well.

Children love a good birthday party but that doesn’t mean you have to put yourself into debt pulling off a beautiful occasion.

11 thoughts on “Birthday Planning Tips For Busy Mom’s

  1. I love hosting our own parties – it’s less expensive. But I love having a venue because then I don’t have to deal with the set up and clean up! It is insane how expensive it’s getting to have a birthday party. Great post!

  2. I do agree, the advantage of hosting is the no-limit invites! The more, the merrier! These tips are really very helpful and worth remembering. It pays to put some effort most of the times!

  3. Looking back, my mom definitely spent too much money on my birthdays. I would have been happy with just a cake and my friends! So I am glad to see these tips to I can feel okay not breaking the bank for my kids 🙂

  4. So true! My girls love having birthday parties at home because I try my best to make it a special as I can for them and keep the budget tight. I always love making the snacks and food for the party. And I usually buy a cake for Walmart or BJs and my girls love them and so does my wallet. 😉

  5. Thank you for the reminder to keep it simple. I am planning a University Graduation Celebration for my youngest daughter, your tips helped me to plan in a budget conscious way!

  6. I like your ideas a lot! You’re right, kids don’t really see a difference between a cake that is bought or homemade. And the homemade cake makes even more fun. I have no kids yet, but I feel inspired by your post. Thank you!

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