Sweet 16 on a budget

Jennifer - posted on 01/24/2016 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 16 in April and I have only 500-600 dollars to spend for everything. Please help me figure out how to make her day really special. Thank you so much.

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Sarah - posted on 01/25/2016

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Sounds like some great ideas, my daughter had a mani/pedi party, they did facials and had a great time. Sometimes simple parties make for the best memories.

Ev - posted on 01/24/2016

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Though 500-600 is quite a good budget for a party, I can see why from your post you want to make it extra special for her since she lost her grandmother so recently. Lose of anyone in the family is hard. My Uncle died right before Christmas and its had its toll on my Aunt and her boys (both adults).
As for the birthday party, those other ideas sound good to me. Roller skating, bowling, and such are active ways to have fun. Movie parties are also a big deal. Does a theater offer a party room with a movie? We have one of those here that does that. Also if those other ideas can not be done, is there a indoor pool that you could take them too for a swim session and then take them for food and cake afterwards? We use a room at a local pizza place for family gatherings at no cost for the room. We order enough pizza for everyone and if they want extra they pay for it. We spend a few hours there with the family and it works out to very low cost to cover everyone. It cost us 70 bucks this year. So that is another suggestion is to find a place where you can reserve a room they have or an closed off area for a number of her friends to have a meal and if they do presents and stuff for a couple of hours. There are places that do have the rooms at no cost to you to use and it could save you money. A suggestion for the rest of the funds not used for the birthday--college fund? car fund?

Sarah - posted on 01/24/2016

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So sorry for your loss. Yes, that gets harder when you are looking for a place to go. Roller skating sounds great.

Dove - posted on 01/24/2016

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Why not have a few of her friends out for pizza and a movie?... or bowling (or some other similar activity that your daughter enjoys)?

Sarah - posted on 01/24/2016

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That is a HUGE budget! Personally I would not spend that much.....it is not needed. I find that at that age they do a really good job planning the party, so include her input. My daughter planned a pool party for under $100 with a huge group of her friends. Her and her friend bought supplies at the dollar store. Decorated, had snacks, drinks, food, and all their activities. If you don't have a pool or it is cold outside like it is here plan indoor games.

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Jennifer - posted on 01/24/2016

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Thank you Sarah. Our house is in the middle of a remodel and I have called so many places and the prices they quoted were ridiculous. We just lost he grandmother and it was a difficult year so I wanted it to be special. We took care of her for two years before she passed away and it was at our house and I think it took a toll on all of us. I look forward to any of your ideas.

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