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Decide on a Theme

Decide on a Theme

If your party has a theme, this will help you decide what to focus on and where to spend your money. This will help keep you organized which will also help you stay within your budget.

Nicole
Your kid will also enjoy picking out their favorite theme.

Keep the Guest List Small

Keep the Guest List Small

Talk with your kid about how many people they want at the party. If this list is too long, suggest that maybe they only invite a few close friends or family. This will keep costs down because there won't be the need for large amounts of food, tables, or decorations.

Nicole
If your kid wants to invite more people, suggest that he or she can have those friends over separately at a different time. This way everyone will be happy.

Use a Computer to Make Invitations

Use a Computer to Make Invitations

If you make your own invitations using a computer, this can help you stick to your budget. You can either make them and print them out or send invitations through e-mail or on a Facebook page.

Nicole
You have a better chance of people replying to the invitations if you do it this way because they won't have to mail an RSVP card back to you.

Consider a Park Shelter as the Location

Consider a Park Shelter as the Location

Park shelters are usually inexpensive and allow you to rent them for several hours at a time. This will keep your costs low while still giving everyone enough room.

Nicole
If you use a park as your location, you can also avoid cleaning up messes at your own home which will save you some time and stress.

Stick to Cake and Ice Cream

Stick to Cake and Ice Cream

If you only have cake and ice cream at the party this will keep costs low. You can also save more money by making the cake yourself.

Nicole
The only thing kids will care about is ice cream and cake anyway.

Get Creative with the Decorations

Get Creative with the Decorations

Get creative and use craft supplies you already have such as construction paper or empty bottles to make the decorations instead of buying them. This will keep costs low and it will still look great.

Nicole
You can have your kid make some of their own decorations too so they can be included.

Make your Own Party Games

Make your Own Party Games

You don't need to spend a fortune on actvities for kids to have fun. Consider having a scavenger hunt or letting the kids play kick ball or a game of tag. These activities are fun for every child and they cost little to no money.

Nicole
If you make your own games or activities, this can usually save you time as well because you won't have to set up elaborate games.

Think about Items from a Dollar Store for Party Favors

Think about Items from a Dollar Store for Party Favors

Dollar Stores are full of little toys, candy, balloons and other items that are perfect for party favors or goody bags. This will help keep you within your budget while still sending each kid home with something.

Nicole
Kids will enjoy party favors even if it is just a little toy or a piece of candy.
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