Savings XL edition: baby shower and birthday party planning

Planning a baby shower is one of the most beautiful and stressful things in the world. And when talking about your child's birthday party, the level of stress raises considerably. So we prepared this guide for you to make the best out of this two very special moments while keeping a low budget.   

The idea when you plan a baby shower is to make it a memorable event for the parents-to-be and their loved ones. If you are on a tight budget, there are still ways to do this without overspending. Here are four tips for baby showers that will surely impress your guests:

1. Don’t Promise More Than You Can Do

If you want to honor someone you love who is expecting a baby or have been asked to host a baby shower, don’t be shy to tell the mother-to-be that you need to check your budget first to make sure you can afford to throw the party.

Then set a price point ($200 for example) and ask if that is okay. The person may agree, may decide to ask someone else or can offer to find help to pay for the difference.

2. Ask For Help

A second piece of advice, if you are planning a baby shower on a budget, is to enlist your friends, This could mean setting up a co-hosting arrangement or asking your friends to help with different tasks. Also, every friend can help either giving the host some money in cash for expenses or contributing with some of the things needed (food, decorations, games).

If your house isn’t big enough to host the party, another friend may have a bigger home or may live in an apartment complex and may be able to use the apartment clubhouse. 

3. Get Creative With Decoration

Rather than buying disposable shower decorations, think long term for budget baby showers: consider decorations that are gender-neutral and can be reused. Using your imagination for the decorations is a way of saving a lot of money. You can find creative (and cheap) ideas on YouTube if you need inspiration.

As a parent, you want to make your child’s birthdays a special event, but sometimes, throwing an expensive party is out of your possibilities. If you can’t spend a fortune on a birthday bash, don’t worry. Here’s how to plan a kid’s birthday party on a budget without giving up all the fun.

1. Start With The Right Location

Throwing a kid’s birthday party on a budget is mainly about location. If you can have a party at home or a local park, you will be saving a lot of money. 

If you’re planning to host a bash at home, aim to have it when the weather is nice. This makes it more fun for the kids and keeps the cake and sodas away from your expensive furniture and rugs. Taking the party to a park is also a good option. It gives guests a place to spread out and play. For this, you will also need the weather to be adequate.

If the weather won’t cooperate because your child’s birthday lands in the middle of winter, for example, you may have to throw a kid’s birthday party on a budget at an indoor venue instead. Keep the guest list short, and don’t be tempted to pay for extras. If there is another school mate who has a birthday around the same time, sharing the party is a great option.

2. Keep Your Food Budget Low

When planning a kid’s birthday party on a budget, food and cake can eat up a big part of what you have to spend, but you’ll be surprised at how much you can save if you do things yourself.

Don’t be afraid to watch tutorials on Youtube to make the birthday cake your child wants. There are many videos where you can get ideas and instructions to make your own custom birthday cake and cookies or sandwiches.

Also, when you’re thinking about how to plan a party on a budget, consider buying food in bulk from a warehouse store. You may be able to snag party platters or kid-friendly snacks without going over budget.

3. Go With Low-Key Fun

Budget-friendly birthday parties for kids can be enjoyable. When we were kids we had fun with much less than kids are used to today. Entertainment options like letting kids swing at a pinata or having them test their limbo skills are simple ways to save money and incorporate fun into the day.

You can ask friends and family to pitch in and help with activities like face painting, temporary tattoos, or any idea you can think of.

4. Decorate For Less

If your child wants a specific birthday theme you may need to think harder to come up with low-budget decorating ideas. So try to pick the birthday party theme well in advance, to give yourself plenty of time to find deals.

The DIY approach can also help you save on goody bags if you decide to offer them. Decorate white bags with the birthday theme stickers or drawings and, then, fill them up with inexpensive favors like pencils, erasers, coloring pages and stickers. Having your child draw his own birthday goody bags or invitation is a lovely idea to keep your costs low.

See also: "How to stick to your family budget"
 

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