Reader Rachelle writes in with this urgent dilemma! I shared a few ideas of mine below, please add yours by leaving a comment. Let’s make sure her son has an awesome birthday party!
My son is going to be 12 in a few weeks and he really wants to have a birthday party. The places he suggested are out of our budget. For instance, the cheapest party at one of those trampoline places is $250. Add gift bags,bags, a cake,cake, etc. and you’re looking at close to $300. A rockstar birthday where you make your own music video is upwards of $500. For the cheapest package!
Having the party at our house is out of the question. Because his birthday falls in February, an outdoor party at a park is risky because of the weather.
My son is a very sweet boy who never asks for anything. So when he asked me for a party, I would like to find a way to do it. Previously, we have skipped the party and taken him to cheaper events. But this is not what he wants this year. Is there any way we can make this happen?
If anyone can figure out this dilemma, I know it would be you.
I can sympathize as I’m throwing a birthday party for my toddler in less than two weeks. We made a lot of decisions to cut corners and focus on the the kids having fun, instead of trying to impress the parents! However, I’m certainly not an expert in this area. I’m sure many readers are more experienced with saving money on birthday parties!
Here are ideas to control the cost of your son’s birthday party.
1. Before you give up on bouncy houses, call similar birthday venues and get quotes, then negotiate with all of them. See who can offer you the best deal. What would bring down the cost of a party? A shorter time frame? If you brought the cake?
2. Tell the venues what your budget is. Ask if they have any slow days or times during which they can book you at your budget.
3. Find alternative birthday venues. Bowling, children’s museum, science museum, story hour, etc. There are many indoor options for birthday parties.
4. Can you reduce the cost of goodie bags by buying toys in bulk, reusing containers, or having the kids do a project at the party, which then becomes their take home toy? Or perhaps you can skip them altogether.
5. Reduce the guest list. Fewer kids = fewer costs.