3 Tips on Planning Children’s Birthday Parties on a Budget

One of my favorite things in life is party planning, and today I can’t wait to share some tips for planning birthday parties on a budget!

Here are 3 tips to help you plan a beautiful children’s birthday party on a budget…

A Butterfly Breakfast

1.Location of the party…
 I know that these days most people do not have their child’s birthday party at home, but this is hands down, the best way to save money.  In our area, most birthday party places start at over $250 per dozen children and that does not include food, cake, or party favors.  If the idea of having your kiddos and all of their buddies inside your home gives you the chills, do it in your backyard, garage, or at your local playground. 

A Minnie Mouse Birthday

2.Decorations for the party…
  This is my favorite part!  So I don’t get overwhelmed (or overspend), I usually break decorating for the party into three spaces: the entrance, a main table, and the children’s table for seating. 

A Butterfly Breakfast

Having a welcoming entrance gets your guests in the mood to party!  You could make a sign for the front door, hang balloons on the mailbox, or a customized display like the one you see above.  The children’s parents will know they are in the right place and the kids will be so excited about the party!

Girls Rock! Party

The main table is where I spend the most of my decorating dollars and attention.  It really is quite simple… put a tablecloth over the table, set up a cute display with your cake and goodies, hang something over the table, or use something that has height to anchor the space.  For my daughter’s 7th birthday, I simply wrapped boxes in black wrapping paper for a super cheap display! 

Party Perfect Tissue Poms

If you have ever met me, you would know that I love tissue poms!  They are so big and vibrant and are a cheap addition to make your party decor really pop.  If you consider that it only costs $1 per pom, it is cheaper to have those  than a helium balloon, plus you don’t have to pick it up the morning of the party! Our tutorial on making party perfect tissue poms and our tutorial on making tissue tassel garlands are must sees!

A Minnie Mouse Birthday

The children’s table is the final part of the decor equation.  To save some money here, I will usually incorporate either the craft or activity at each little one’s place.  They just love having something special and fun that is all their own at their seat!

  3.Printables for the party…
  The final tip for planning parties on a budget is the use of printables.  I love hopping on ETSY to see what beautiful collections are out there for parties.  One of my favorite shops is, Amanda’s Parties To Go.  For one low price you can purchase a customized pdf for invitations, cupcake topper and wrappers, party favor tags, and so much more.  You simply print it off at your local office supply store and you have a beautifully coordinated party.  Aside from the printables themselves being very affordable, you can really save on your cupcakes and party favors too. Simply putting a cute tag on candy, or a dollar section toy can make it look so cute.  In the same sense, I can buy solid colored cupcakes from my local superstore and put a cupcake wrapper around them with a cute pick and pay considerably less than a decorated cake.  The same goes for invitations! 

All 3 of these tips can help you plan an incredibly party for your children without breaking the bank! These tips can also be carried over into all types of parties that you create! I hope that you have found these…

3 Tip for Planning Children’s Parties on a Budget helpful!


Take care!


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Trish Flake

Hey y'all! I am Trish and the creative voice behind Uncommon Designs. I adore party planning, holiday celebrations, and all things crafty! I am so excited to share my creative adventures with you!

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  1. says

    Hello! Thanks for hopping by during the May Networking Blog Hop! Love your cute blog! So many great ideas! And I agree … love tissue poms! I pinned some of these ideas so I don’t forget. I hope you come back soon! 😀

  2. says

    I love this post!! One of my favorite parts about being a mom is planning my kid’s parties!! I love, love, love the tissue pom poms. I’m definitely pinning that idea. I’m sure I’ll get lots of use out of that. =)

  3. says

    stopping by from the bloglovin hop- i could just gush over all these party ideas…i see the printables make it easy to really dress things up…thanks for sharing!

  4. says

    Thanks for the tips. I’ve been struggling with this as my girl’s birthday approaches. I’ll be making a good many of the decorations or embellishing what I do buy to make them how I want them. I too am a fan of the pom poms. But I’ve yet to make a big one successfully! Time to practice!


  1. […] Types of food to have {and whether any children coming have allergies or dietary restrictions} So after considering these things, the girls and I decided on a theme, made out our list of friends, picked out some crafts and activities, and of course the food! As far as budget…we headed to the dollar store! We picked out a tote, eye mask,candy,and some fun fingernail polish at the dollar store. I also got a couple of iron on transfers from SEI to use for some crafts. A little later this week, I will show you how we created those cute masks, and the tshirt. We chose a couple of activities that I knew I would have to help with but they were a HUGE hit with the girls and something they would be able to use over and over again. I was even able to use the tag from one of the crafts as the tag on the tote. Sweet! Once we had the crafts all picked out and the supplies purchased, we moved onto food. Specifically snacks! I made these adorable Popcorn Treat Cones prior to the party. Each party goer was able to have their very own to snack away on their popcorn during the movie. ‘Cause you just can’t have a slumber party without a movie…right? The girls each made a mini pizza with toppings of their choice. Creating your own pizza is a craft in itself and they loved participating in it! Once we ate the yummy pizza, each little one snatched up their popcorn cone and snuggled in to watch Enchanted. One HUGE tip my sister-in-law Bonnie gave me, was to schedule the slumber party on a Friday night instead of Saturday night. That way the kids have been in school all day and are ready to be together, and are somewhat tired at a decent hour!! Unless of course you want to party all night! Now is that one happy girl or what? My girls had such a great time with their friends and we created some special memories together! Oh, and by the way…last tip….NEW PJs are a must! {especially if it is their first slumber party!} I made those adorable tie-dye pjs with a sweet little initial heart on them just for the occasion. I will share how to make those later this week too! Need some more tips on planning a party? Check out these Party Planning Tips and Ideas. […]

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