How much to spend on a 6 year old girl's birthday party?

Camille - posted on 09/09/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be turning 6 this December and I'm researching different party venues. This will be her first party where we will be inviting other kids. So just wondering how much most of you spend on birthday parties.

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Glynnis - posted on 09/13/2009

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Well it depends on you and your budget. I love doing parties so tend to start planning and buying a year before so I can get what i want of the party. It can cosr anyhtign form 800 rand to R2500, i like to buy little gifts for all the kids attending. let me know if you want help Glynnis Herbst 083 455 3631

Cindy - posted on 09/12/2009

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I order things from Oriental Trading Company (.com) This year, I got the deluxe party for 8 (plates,cups, napkins, invites, suckers, balloons, streamers, confetti, headbands), and 8 filled treat bags for $63. Then I get the cake for around $13. In the past I also got a pinata, or a craft for them to do. This year, I'll just let them play outside.

Amanda - posted on 09/12/2009

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Hey

My daughter just turned six on mon the 7th sept. This was her first party since starting school she invited most of her class and it cost us £200 but I thought it was worth it in the end.

Misty - posted on 09/11/2009

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I start planning at least 2 months in advance we pick a theme or choose what he wants to do first then I get on line. If he wants a themed party I go to oriental trading or parties .com they have packages for girls & boys & many theme options. If it is some place like peter piper pizza for example I go to their website & it will give a cost break down per person so if it is $8 a person then he can invite 10 kids because you can't forget to include yourself & another adult & that's $100 right there with everything but the cake. His first birthday only costed $25 & as he gets older I add some more to the pot.So for his 7th birthday I'll spend anywhere from $175 to $200 & most of the time that is including his preasents.

Camille - posted on 09/11/2009

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Thanks everyone! I think I will do Chuck E cheese this year. I have started buying party stuff at the local thrift shop (it's brand new stuff) like a Barbie tablecloth and a mylar balloon, as well as invitations. I'm a bit limited with venue though since her birthday is during the winter.

Nicole - posted on 09/11/2009

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I have 4 kids..been there done almost everything.Parties vary in $price...Home parties can be just as expensive as outings..I dont do gift bags, because those cost just as much or more then the incoming gifts themselves. My average with no extra bells and whistles $200.00. ..ALso, sending out invites...FYI dont pass them out at school..thats a nono. Hope this helps (^:

Debora - posted on 09/11/2009

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that depends on your income so then set a budget.then make the list of things you want at the party.some people go to chuckie cheese and others go to mcdonalds .just keep it simple she will enjoy it more than if you go like you did for your wedding party.

Diedra - posted on 09/11/2009

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This is a iffy thing. Depends on your finances. My method in dealing with kids parties is to set a budget based on what you can afford, to make it nice for them, without breaking the bank. After you decide what you can spend that will narrow the choices of venue down. Depending on where you live, you can get really creative with venues and if you can do some of the catering and decorating yourself, they will usually cut you a little discount. Some movie theatres host kids parties, Zoo's, skate parks, museums, bowling or mini-golf depending on what your little ones interests are. Sit down with her and give her some options, if she can be hands-on and involved with the process she will not think as much about cutting some corners to save money where needed. I do 3 birthdays a year, for 2 girls, 15 and 10 now, and a boy who is also 6; it can get expensive. Get creative and you can have a beautiful party for her that she and her friends will enjoy and remember for a long time and not spend out of your budget.

Angela - posted on 09/11/2009

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I think it depends on your budget! My 6 year old has been to parties ranging from cake/ice cream/gifts with family and no theme to a bash with mini choo choo, pony rides, and 30 kids. She understands we can't afford the latter and is content with that. Last year I thought I'd save money by going to the park and having a small cookout with cake versus an organized party at the local indoor-play/skating rink facility. I'd have come out cheaper with the organized party! The most fun parties for the kids seem to be the ones at the local parks with just cake and ice cream and chips!

Sara - posted on 09/10/2009

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Hi Camille, I dont know honestly... We have a big family and at my sons 5th bday party there was 19 children but we rent the local park since the kids bdays are in the summer and grill hotdogs and have chips and other stuff... we dont go all out but we make it fun... I guess it just depends on your financial situation. I spent about $200.00 on his party including goodiebags and food and presents...

Mindi - posted on 09/10/2009

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I try to spend $100 or less. We have found a few places to go for that amount. If a place costs more, my kids have to invite fewer friends. One year my daughter only invited 3 friends because she wanted to go somewhere that cost more money. We still only spent about $100.

Amanda - posted on 09/10/2009

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My suggestion is to pick a theme 1st. Whatever the theme, see if there are cheaper alternatives for decorations. some you may be able to make yourself, and sometimes you may be able to get at a dollar store. Unless you really want to go all out for the birthday party, theres no reason you should have to spend over 100.00 on the party(thats including food,cake and ice cream.) I make my kids themed cakes so I don't have to spend lots of money just for the cake. you can look up themed cakes on the internet.

Jodi - posted on 09/10/2009

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I am in Australia, and at that age, my budget was usually around AU$200. Kid's birthday parties are starting to get a bit ridiculous. I think a lot of places take advantage of parents trying to do everything for their kids! I can't stand this new thing going on where "if you can't invite the whole class, you can't give out invitations" mentality. Geez!! What are we supposed to do? Protect our children from any type of exclusion and then let them loose in the world at 18 and say "Oh, by the way, you won't always be invited to everything, but you can cope with how you feel about that on your own"?



Do NOT feel the need to invite every kid in the class. If you school has one of these policies, see if you can issue the invites outside school hours, so you can limit the number of friend she can invite. I always give my kids a couple of weeks to think who they want to invite, and I do give them a limit up front.

Sylvia - posted on 09/09/2009

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We have a rec room upstairs in our building that opens out onto the rooftop deck, so when we have a party (at least in the summer...) we can just let everyone run around and play, maybe do a few games, and serve snacks and cake & ice cream. If you time it right (too late for lunch, too early for dinner), you don't have to serve an actual meal. For loot bags I go to a dollar store and get stuff like glittery pencils, fancy hair thingies for little girls, stickers, that kind of stuff -- it ends up costing maybe a couple of dollars per kid. I'm not that great at cake-decorating, so several times I've just gotten a bunch of different kinds of sprinkles at Bulk Barn and let my daughter "decorate" her own cake. This year (she turned 7) I bought some of that Cake Mate icing that comes in a tube, and a set of the icing tips that go on the end of the tube -- pricier but *way* easier than making your own icing and futzing around with a pastry bag. Little kids don't generally eat that much cake, so instead of a round layer cake I make the cake in a 9x13" pan -- the same amount of cake batter goes much further.



How much you spend really depends on how many kids you have, though, right? More kids = more food and more loot bags (not to mention more clean-up). My mom always had a rule that if you were turning 6 you could invite 6 friends to your party, if you were turning 8 you could invite up to 8 friends, etc.

Shamsey - posted on 09/09/2009

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It all depends on your budget. Is it possible to do it in her school with her classmate, if not try a public area like park or a club house and get her the theme cake she wants a table cloth and go to the dollar store and get the other stuff like hads goodie bags plates cups with the same color if she wants a piniata get the them or a solid color that matches. you should not spend more than $200 on food and decoration and a place.

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