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You love your child and want to do something special to celebrate the day he became a part of your world.It is understandable to want to go all out, but sometimes this is just not in the cards money-wise. Children’s birthday parties are becoming increasingly lavish and you may feel the pressure to match or top the last neighborhood party. But if you are determined to stand firm on sticking to a reasonable budget and not maxing out the credit cards to entertain some kids for a few hours, here are some tips to throw a bash that will not bust your bank account.
This may seem like an obvious tip, but an often overlooked one. Without getting clear from the start what type of money you feel comfortable spending on the party, things can get quickly out of hand — before you know it, you are knee-deep in planning a party you really cannot afford. Before you do anything, you must decide how much money you have to spend. While you may go a bit over in the process, establishing a budget from the start will help you stay on track.
For the most part, kids are pretty simple and it does not take much to make them happy; this is one of the things I envy most about them. While the average child probably gets a lot of enjoyment out of all the bells and whistles that are part and parcel of many children’s parties today, chances are the parents are the ones deciding what party favors will be included. Before you start stressing about whether you should do this or that, ask your child what he would like to do. Chances are, he would be happy with a pretty simple party that has the most important ingredients of yummy treats and close friends. You will give your child what he wants and it will all fall within a reasonable budget.
There are loads of fun things you can do at your child’s birthday party that will not leave your wallet busting at the seams. Centering the celebration around a key activity will ensure the kids are occupied and having a good time, without you worrying about not being able to afford pony rides or a rock-climbing wall. Perhaps everyone could bake cookies or do an arts and crafts project. Get your child’s input on this one—I am sure she will have plenty of fun and inexpensive ideas.
Food is a core component of almost any party or gathering; it is also usually one of the biggest expenses. If you are feeling the pressure to put out a gourmet spread, stop and think about the guest of honor and her little friends—they could probably care less about having sandwiches with fresh buffalo mozzarella and organic bread.A run-of-the-mill sub, hamburgers, hot dogs and some good old ice cream will be very well-received.
About the Author: Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about ways to help people save money.If you are interested in giving a gift with a special touch, you can get personalised gift ideas here.
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