What are your tips for planning an affordable birthday party?

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For me planning an affordable birthday party means not buying store decorations. By that I mean no theme parties where everything matches. Try decorating with lots of balloons.. taped to the ceiling... no helium needed. try using colored pencils, crayons, paints, and markers as color... How about printing off theme decorations and coloring them? Kids don't really need goodie bags but if u insist just put pencils, bouncy balls, or candy in it.. things you can buy in bulk at a novelty store for super cheap. or make a snack and wrap it up.

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I am working on a party right now for my twins and littlest one...our last double party...they are only 2 weeks apart. So my tips
1. Start early- check those clearance bins...target clearance for valentines in coming up for me so...red would be a good color for plates or just be creative with what you find. We r making monster eyes with marshmallows and making their cake. I shop groupon. Or any daily deal site for catering deals...just check the expiration. Have a party at the park or your house, no one cares as long as the kids have fun.
2.Balloons are cheap and easy as well as making your own fun serving platters and spray painting them to match your theme. Pinterest is a great site for ideas.
I love blog posts on their parties as well.

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Kids appreciate the simple things. They don't know the difference between a goody bag stuffers picked out from the dollar store than one you got at Neiman Marcus. Don't go overboard trying to impress the Jones', and remember the party is really for your little ones, not the adults.

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Use primary colors for the majority of your party's decorations. They're generally less expensive than themed decorations and you can reuse items like tablecloths and extra plates, forks and spoons next year or for another party. Sprinkle just a few choice themed decorations about to make each birthday party original and special.

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Last year I did a Hannah Montana Rock Star Makeover party and it was a hit. I created the "tickets" on my computer and each gorl was instructed to produce her ticket to "security" (my husband in a black tshirt and shades) to get her back stage pass, again created on my computer. The favors were baubles from the walmart party bins, my nieces volunteered to do hair and makeup and we borrowed a karoake machine. I baked the cake myself in the shape of a guitar and the favor was a CD of my duaghters favorite songs (hannah, of course!) for each girl. Great fun and because I already had most of the stuff I needed, very inexpensive. The trick is to use what you have, shop dollar (or less) bins, make your own food, borrow from friends and think outside the box.

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baking things that go far but don't cost very much like Meringues which require 2 eggs and 100grams of sugar to make roughly 12 - 15 meringues. or jelly/jello - you can use fresh fruit juice and gelatine place in molds and they looks super cute. fresh fruit chopped up on kebab sticks. plating games instead of hiring entertainment! pass the parcel, scavenger hunt, dunking for apples etc... also do party packs made out of things you have - like recycling jars or containers that you can collect over a few weeks or months before the party then paint them or cover in scrap book paper or fabric. fill with a few sweets and a thank you :)

pick a theme where you don't have to buy branded merchandise... like mickey mouse or hello kitty. maybe rather pick a country (eg chinese) or a general theme like a rainbow party.

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My family and I try to live an eco friendly lifestyle so it's not often that I buy paper products and tablecloths. I have a collection of thrifted table cloths that I use for various occasions and I tend to use white for my boys' parties. I try and make as much by hand as I can. Definitely get on the computer and do some research!! There are some great tips our there for crafting your own decorations on a low budget. I try to bake the cake or cupcakes myself so it cuts back on cost and I don't go overboard when sending out my invites. Even if you have a budget you can still be creative, get crafty and have fun!

You can check out my link below and see some of the decorations I made for my daughters 1st Birthday!

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I always shop for solid colored tablecloths, plates, utensils etc. at the dollar store.

Hanging balloons have become one of my favorite + inexpensive ways to decorate. You can see them in my baby shower post.

http://candacetodd.blogspot.com/2011/08/baby-shower.html

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Here is a new way to arrange a birthday party in the comfort of your own home: Story-based parties. All the parties have a storyline that ties everything together: the activities, the crafts and the decorations and snacks. There are several themes to choose from and the parties can fit any budget. Go to: http://www.talescomealive.com and make a tale come alive!

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My trick is quite simple. Please understand this is for 9-12 year old girl.
I limit the amount of guest. In return I can focus on the children present and in exchange not only the quality of food its better, but the favors and even the decor because it is more of a controlled chaos.
I have pictures on my blog of my daughters 11th Birthday. A Luau. Cost $100.00 and then later that evening I celebrated another friend which her Bday was the day before with the leftover decor. So there you have it.

http://www.adrianairis.com/2011/05/proclamation-from-girl.html

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Depending on the age of the child, you can plan an affordable birthday party. The key is to get creative with your budget. Keep it simple and try to handcraft most of the decorations by shopping at the dollar stores. They are the best when it comes to planning and designing parties on a budget. Use crepe paper and curling ribbon to accent tables and the ceiling. Find fun wrapping paper and wrap a few boxes for a quick centerpiece or they can be used to display cupcakes. Parties are suppose to be fun, not time consuming

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go to kidscancook.ca they offer cooking parties and classes for kids 5 years old and up!

call them 905 464 1042

AGAIN for a great party where you can make a yummy recipe with all the fixings go to www.kidscancook.ca

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Try to use things that you already have in a new way. Our homes are full of items that can be turned in to party decor or serving pieces! Turn over bowls and use a Glue Dot to place a plate on top for a temporary cake stand. Do the same with coffee or tea cups and saucers for mini pedestals. Old sheets work perfectly as tablecloths. Inexpensive plastic tablecloths can be turned in to ruffled party streamers. (http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/the-cutest-ruffled-streamers-from-plastic-tablecloths/). Choose a color theme instead of a pricey licensed theme and head to the dollar store for plates, napkins and children's toys. Yarn is a very inexpensive way to add color to a party through pom poms, wrapped vases and braiding in to garlands. Gather your girl friends and have a party crafting night to get the diy's done quicker. And last but not least, create an informal "party swap" with your other party throwing pals to share your leftovers with them and have access to their excess as well.

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(1) Don't get carried away. Usually kids are able to enjoy simpler things--it's moms who whirl themselves into a frenzy trying to do the biggest and best party ever. (2) Spend more time planning than shopping. Put your effort into staying organized and searching carefully for the best deals. (3) Keep it fun and don't drive yourself crazy.

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I have friends who definitely go over the top when it comes to birthday parties, but with four kids, we choose to spend our money in a different way. Of course, the most important aspect of your child's birthday is making them feel like it is THEIR special day. We start out the special day with just regular blown up balloons covering the floor of their bedroom when they wake up, followed by their favorite breakfast. The balloons are always a big hit and it is something they look forward to on each child's birthday. If it is a school day then either myself or my husband (or both of us if we can make it) will eat lunch with the birthday boy at school and bring treats for the class to celebrate as well. If it falls on a weekend then we get ready to party! Our birthday parties are pretty simple: family and close friends and as my boys get older a few friends from their class. Decorations are always expected, though! Who doesn't love party decorations? I usually try to stick with a color theme instead of character theme. The local dollar tree usually has great deals on party supplies or if I am looking for something particular I will go to the party store. I try to coordinate the wrapping paper for gifts, plates, napkins, ect. and my kids love 'Happy Birthday" banners so I usually buy stuff to make them from a craft store - which allows me to have supplies on hand for future birthdays, too. I usually make homemade cupcakes per request from my kids, which saves money, and I find it less messy. SCORE! Sometimes after the actual party we will take the boys by ourselves to the zoo, or to a movie, bowling, ect to spend some family time together and to continue the celebration of our child Birthday don't have to be expensive or overdone to have a wonderful celebration!

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I always felt I needed to go all out for a party and that can easily get costly and quick - one of the most basic principles I keep in mind is who I'm actually throwing the party for {my kids} and how awe struck they are with the simplest things - one easy cut for me was to quit feeling the need to feed an army. Not thinking I had to prepare a well rounded lunch topped off with probably way to many sweets and entertainment to boot, we now choose the mid-afternoon hours where cake and ice cream are more than enough, plenty of time is left on either side of those hours to allow for other family activities our guests might have, and more focus can be put on spending time with the birthday boy or girl and their friends. I learned indeed that our little ones will always remember the time spent together over what was served or how extravagantly it was presented!

Kristen ~ www.maryhadalittleparty.com

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I absolutely love planning birthday parties!!! I think you need to be as creative as possible and keep it simple. Pick a theme and stick to it! You should definitely make the cupcakes or birthday cake. Why order that when I personally prefer a homemade one anyway. Also a great source for party favors is oriental trading company. Another huge savings is if you plan the games yourself instead of hiring entertainment!!

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If you have a budget, pick one or two elements to 'splurge' on..like the cake, favors or a bounce house.
I try to keep things simple by using solid color plates/utensils/cups..instead of the 'themed' ones. It's always cheaper & it's going in the garbage anyway.

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