As you know by now, I love to challenge myself to keep costs of extras as low as possible. My son is turning 8 tomorrow and a birthday party has been planned. I just want to show you guys that a great birthday party doesn’t have to cost a whole lot of money.
Theme: We purposely picked a theme that is fun and economical. “Outdoor Summer Fun!” The main event will be our local ice cream truck stopping at our house and treating the whole party. The cost of the truck is $50.00 worth of ice cream being bought. Now this was the extra expense that we had enough in our budget for. We sacrificed gifts for this to happen. (Don’t worry he is getting a present from mom and dad… it was purchased for like $3.00 on clearance months ago!!)
We will play outdoor games. I got a wonderful book full of old-fashioned outdoor games from the library. The book is THE ADVENTUROUS BOOK OF OUTDOOR GAMES by Scott Strother. It is 293 pages of games. There is a game for every kind of kid!!! The best idea for this theme is good clean old-fashioned fun that will be enjoyed by all.
We made our own invitations. FREE!! We used what we already had!!
Cake: I will be making a cake. I decided to spend $22 on fondant icing. The whole cake will cost less than $25. Again, the fondant was and extra expense. My original idea was to be a round cake with white icing and sprinkles. But again, I had strategically planned our grocery budget to fit this expense. Instead of a night of roasted chicken, we will eat hot dogs. My original cost of a cake would only have been $.83 for the mix, $1.26 for the canned frosting, and $2.36 for sprinkles. A total of $4.45. Again, the family is sacrificing a more moderate dinner for a very cheap one to make the $25 cake.
Party Supplies: I purchased cake plates (I know…. I am against paper but I will compost them!!) and paper napkins for $1.50 on clearance from the 4th of July stuff at Wal-Mart. Plastic cups were $1.00 at Dollar General. I also bought $4 worth of juice boxes for the kids to drink. Plastic cups and juice boxes were only purchased because I didn’t trust my glassware with 8 year old boys outside. I don’t have enough plastic cups for the whole party. We will be using real forks though!! We are baking cookies for take home gifts. They will be placed in brown paper lunch sacks (they are left over from a year ago). Baking cookies are roughly $3.00 to make. My total: $9.50
Oh, I almost forgot, I found plastic table clothes as I was cleaning my closet yesterday. We are borrowing a couple of tables from our church. So FREE covered tables!! YIPPIE!!
Gifts: We purchased our gift on clearance 6 months ago for $3.00. It was marked down after Christmas!! Our daughter purchased a webkin for$12.00. So he will receive $15.00 worth of gifts. Remember, gifts are nice but they don’t have to cost you much!! He is more excited about the party!! Gift wrap will be Christmas wrapping paper turned inside out and decorated with markers. Again, something we already had!!
Okay, here’s the grand total for our party:
Party Supplies: $9.50
Whoa, now that doesn’t sound so cheap does it??? Now, remember, the ice cream truck and cake were extras that we made room for in our budget. We are sacrificing in order for this to happen. Our original idea would have totaled the following:
Theme: Free (just games and homemade invitations or phone calls)
Cake: $4.45 (homemade)
Party Supplies: $9.50
Grand total: $28.95
Big Difference!!! The same party without the ice cream truck and a fancy cake is only $28.95! See a party can be cheap!!
I hope this inspires you to think cheap over convenience. I know it is a lot easier to pay someplace to have a party. But, a child can be made to feel special without the place!! It is your time and love that matters!!