Party Ideas

Kids’ Birthday Parties on a Budget

By Heather Roonan

Birthday parties don’t have to break the bank. In fact, you can throw a successful and fun birthday party for your child, no matter what the age, in your very own home. We’re here to help walk you through the process from invitations to entertainment.

1. Invitations

These are fairly cheap on their own, and you can usually find some fun options at your local party store. If you’re more into customization, online printing services like are a great option, and usually have a fast turnaround time. If you’d rather get crafty, hit up your local craft store and pick out some fun paper and stamps to put your own personal touch on them. This may take a little more time and isn’t the most budget-friendly, but are definitely the most heartfelt!

2. Venue

Obviously the cheapest venue will be in your own home. If your party is in the warmer months, definitely take advantage of any outdoor space so everyone can run around. If you’re stuck inside, try moving many of your bigger pieces of furniture out of the main area to make room for activities. Line the edges of the walls with chairs and tables with refreshments. Or set up a buffet in the kitchen or dining room and shuffle the guests into the main living area to enjoy them. Be creative with your space. If you’re willing to use a little more of your budget on the venue, check out local bowling alleys, jump zones, laser tag or go-cart companies, or arcades to book party packages that help you avoid the mess at home!

3. Decorations

This is definitely the fun part, and where you can let your thrifty creativity shine through! You can save money by choosing solid colors for plates and cups, rather than spending $5 for 7 Ninja Turtle cups. Streamers and balloons are a great traditional choice for decorations, and won’t break the bank. You can even get creative with construction paper to make birthday banners, party hats, and more!

(Check out our Pinterest board for more fun DIY decoration ideas!)

4. Entertainment

Entertainment is the best place to spend your budget, since you’ll be hiring awesome professionals to make your party amazing. Balloon twisters or face painters are great additions to any party, while a visit from a princess, super hero, or favorite character can take it to the next level! There are other interactive options like children’s musicians, puppet shows, or magicians, too. For kids with endless amounts of energy, try a bounce house, mobile games, or any other kind of outdoor party entertainment that brings the festivities to you!

​Being creative with your budget can help your party go a long way! After all, what will the kids remember more…the Cinderella party plates or that Cinderella actually showed up at their party? It’s all about the memories and we’re here to help you make them.

Looking for amazing entertainment? Visit GigSalad and book something awesome.


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