7 Tips for Planning a Budget Friendly Birthday Party

Planning a Birthday Party on a budget is not hard to do with these 7 tips! Execute a great birthday party for your kids with very little effort.

Planning a Birthday Party on a budget is not hard to do with these 7 tips! Execute a great birthday party for your kids with very little effort.

7 Tips for Planning a Budget Friendly Birthday Party

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You know that funny scene in the movie Tangled where Mother Gothel comes home and Rapunzel reminds her of her birthday? Every time I see it, I roll my eyes at the thought of planning a birthday party for my kids.


Here’s a quick play-by-play to refresh your memory so you can roll your eyes with me…


Rapunzel: “So Mother, earlier I was saying that tomorrow is a pretty big day and you didn’t really respond. So, I’m just gonna tell you. IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! TA-DA!”


Mother Gothel (Look of Disdain): “No, no, no! Can’t be! I distinctly remember. Your birthday was last year!”


Rapunzel: “That’s the funny thing about birthdays. They’re kind of an annual thing.


Do you ever feel like Mother Gothel? I know I do! Will the birthday party planning every stop?! It isn’t just the time spent planning though. It can cost a whole lot of dollars if you aren’t careful.


You came to the right place for tips on planning a birthday party for your kids that is fun, easy to plan, and affordable!


Plan Ahead


Planning ahead is the key to success when planning a birthday party for your kids. Try and shop sales and be on the lookout for things matching the theme of your child’s upcoming bash. I know that kids seem to change their minds every 2 seconds, but try to have a broad, general idea in mind so that if you find something that catches your eye, you can grab it! Just doing a general color scheme can save you a lot of headaches!


Planning a Birthday Party on a budget is not hard to do with these 7 tips! Execute a great birthday party for your kids with very little effort.


A venue is always a bit of a worry when planning a birthday party. Try doing the birthday party at home, or even a friend’s house if you don’t feel your home is accommodating. We do lots of our parties at our church building. Lot’s of community centers rent their space out for reasonable prices as well.


Online Shopping


Avoid going to a party store! It’s so overpriced and it’s really easy to impulse buy. Did you know that you can shop the dollar store online? You totally can and it’s awesome!


Planning a Birthday Party on a budget is not hard to do with these 7 tips! Execute a great birthday party for your kids with very little effort.


Cheap matching party supplies are really easy to come by at the dollar store.


Decorations are really inexpensive as well. Kids just want to have fun. It doesn’t have to be elaborate! Simple streamers and balloons are enough decorations for a kids’ birthday party.




Send out electronic invitations instead of buying or printing them! This saves a lot of time and money. There are a lot of services you can use for free, like Evite. You probably have a lot of your kids’ friends parents phone numbers or email, so you won’t have to spend time finding addresses.


You can even text the invitation. This makes things easier for RSVPs too. They can simply push the reply button to give you a quick response.


Planning a Birthday Party at the Right Time


Don’t plan the party right at lunch or dinner time. The best time to have a party is between the hours of 2:00 and 5:00 in the afternoon. This way, your guests won’t be expecting a meal to be served. They will have already eaten lunch and they will be gone by the time dinner would be served.


We only have cake and ice cream at our parties, and I have yet to hear complaints about that. If you do plan to serve food, keep the menu simple.




When planning a birthday party you need to have fun things to do! There are lots of games you can play that cost little to nothing that are a blast!


I have a summer birthday, so when I was a kid, I always had a pool party or some kind of party involving lots of water. I grew up in Las Vegas so it was really hot!


My favorite game as a kid was the water balloon toss game. My parents would fill up a bunch of water balloons and everyone would team up with one water balloon per couple. You start standing really close together and toss it to each other. Every time you toss it back and forth successfully without popping the balloon, you take a step back. It’s so fun!


Planning a Birthday Party on a budget is not hard to do with these 7 tips! Execute a great birthday party for your kids with very little effort.


Also worthy to be noted, that game most surely always turned into a full-blown water balloon fight.


Another fun game that was a tradition for birthday parties at my house growing up was called The Ice Skating Game. A rug was laid out near something us kids had to run around, so it was usually the couch. My parents would turn music on and if you were on the rug when the music paused, you were out!


My oldest son has a February birthday though, so instead of water games, we rent our church building and use the gym to play games with relay races inside.


Some other fun ideas are planning a scavenger hunt, pin the tail on the donkey, musical chairs, duck duck goose, freeze dance, and freeze tag.


My kids also really love it when we do story time as well. It’s definitely not the norm, but it’s always a hit and is a good way to get the kids to settle down before presents. We typically go to the library and find a book that goes along with the theme of our party.


I always try to choose games or activities with little to no preparation to lessen my stress levels.


Ask for Help


When planning a birthday party don’t be afraid to ask for help from others! Having help from other parents and friends can make parties so much easier. I’m always so grateful for my kids’ aunts and uncles, and friends parents that choose to hang around and assist me with the birthday party chaos.


My sister-in-law has offered to bake the birthday cake for me. Isn’t she amazing? This is a time and money saver. She is a wonderful baker and just does it at home. Not having to worry about making a Costco run is always a win!


Planning a Birthday Party on a budget is not hard to do with these 7 tips! Execute a great birthday party for your kids with very little effort.


A simple homemade cake is the way to go. Kids don’t care and usually have a blast with helping with the decorating themselves. All that matters is that it tastes good!


Borrow things instead of buying them! If you need extra chairs or tables, ask some neighbors! Did a friend make a fun castle shaped cake for their kid? Ask to borrow it instead of buying one.


Our friends commonly borrow our portable speaker for birthday parties. Don’t be afraid to ask to borrow things. It saves lots of money!


Party Bags


Are these really necessary for every single birthday party? I hate it when my kids come home with a party bag full of junk. All of it just gets either broken or thrown all over my house. Party bags can get pricey too, even if you get everything from the dollar store.


Planning a Birthday Party on a budget is not hard to do with these 7 tips! Execute a great birthday party for your kids with very little effort.


Send kids home with something they can experience. My go-to is bubble wands. They are inexpensive and kids love them! We also let the kids take some balloons home with them that we used to decorate with. That’s always a hit!


And there you have it! Simple ways to save money and plan an awesome birthday party for your kids!


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  • Carly Mckeen

    Thank you for your great tip on how the best time to have a party is between the hours of 2:00 and 5:00 in the afternoon so you don’t have to feed a meal to your guests. My daughter is turning 10 next month and has asked me for an awesome birthday party, but I’m not good at planning parties and have no idea how to go about it. I will definitely utilize all of your great tips and information
    when trying to plan the perfect birthday party for my daughter.

    August 28, 2019 at 12:47 pm Reply
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    I really like that you suggest sending out electronic invitations. My daughters birthday is coming up and I’m wanting to find the best place for her party. I’ll have to do some research and find the best company to help me make her birthday perfect.

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  • momlifewithchiari

    Great tips. A few years ago I got into baking and then started baking our birthday cakes at home with the help of the kids. So fun, I buy the cake toppers from Amazon, and done! Money saver indeed. And yes to parties at home. Also, I keep it at a two food minimum, hot dog bar and chips. Or pizza and chips or chips with an assortment of dips – maybe 3, my kids love spinach and artichoke dip. It’s always the best when you can save, especially when you can do things to make achievable.

    August 21, 2018 at 5:01 pm Reply
    • Michele

      Buying cake toppers off of Amazon is a great idea to save money on birthday parties for kids!

      We always try to have birthday parties at home and my kids love being able to decorate it themselves!

      August 21, 2018 at 5:16 pm Reply
      • momlifewithchiari

        Yes! AND this year, I found out I can purchase cake toppers from my local super market. They have a book of cakes that you can order, since I make mine at home, I asked to only purchase the topper and YES, you can! Yay.

        Awe so sweet! Yes, it’s such an exciting thing for them and they look forward to it.

        August 21, 2018 at 10:06 pm Reply
        • Michele

          Wow! That is super cool! I may have to do that cake topper idea for my son’s upcoming birthday party! Thanks for the tip! I wouldn’t have ever thought to ask for something like that for a homemade birthday cake!

          August 21, 2018 at 10:10 pm Reply
          • momlifewithchiari

            Yes! I had an idea for a cake topper, at the end it wasn’t going to work out, had to go to the grocery store and I just asked. I took a look at their book, loved the topper the cake had – didn’t want the cake, explained that to the lady and she said yes, she’d sell it. It was the same price on Amazon, so it wasn’t bad. Yes, my husband – is it with all men, he doesn’t like asking, he’s shy with things like that, but it does pay off. 🙂

            August 21, 2018 at 10:17 pm
          • Michele

            My husband is the total opposite! He will always be the one to ask. I’m definitely more reserved! 😂

            August 21, 2018 at 10:43 pm
          • momlifewithchiari

            Oh good! We need balance right?! What one won’t do, the other will, yay 🙂

            August 21, 2018 at 11:00 pm

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