Frugal Party Planning

Posted on February 16th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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We have little people celebrating birthdays this month and next in our family. It always comes so quickly, doesn’t it? When we celebrate another birthday, I’m always reminded of that saying that “the days go slow, but the years go fast.” Ain’t that the truth?

When they were younger, we could get away with not having much of a production for their birthdays. We have celebrated them fully, yet simply, together as a family. I have a 6 year old now, though. And, she has been to enough parties that she knows that she wants her own. 🙂 Thankfully, we have been to elaborate parties and to simple ones. So, we know that a fun party does not depend on a lot of money being spent.

If you live on a tight budget or simply want to plan a frugal party, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

1. Bake your own cake or cupcakes. You can make your own cake (with ingredients you feel good about!) for a fraction of the cost of a cake you would buy at a bakery or grocery store. We are making healthy coconut flour cupcakes for my daughter’s birthday. They’ll not only be less expensive; they’ll actually be good-for-us! Make your own, and save the money.

2. Utilize the dollar store. Favors and décor can add up quickly. Check out your local dollar store for paper goods and favors. My daughter and I had so much fun picking out the paper goods and the little toys for the party favors. I enjoyed picking it all out and saving the money!

3. Go to a park or playground. So many parties are held at places for the children to play at a price. So, you rent gym space, or a play/bounce area, or some people rent bouncy houses. We are going to have our party at a local playground… for free. Kids don’t care whether you are paying for a place to play. So, why pay?

How do you cut costs while planning parties for your little ones?


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