birthday party with only a $350.00 budget

Anthony - posted on 04/27/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )




I have $350.00 to spend on a birthday party and i don't have any ideas of what to buy. I need some ideas of what to purchase and how much each item would cost.


Ledia - posted on 04/28/2015




How many kids are you inviting? If you are inviting a child's entire class at school, you might want to hold the party at a park or other free space and spend most of your budget on catering, favors, and some balloons or whatever to mark off your meeting space. You could also make food yourself if you are crafty, or order something inexpensive like pizza and spring for a character appearance or a magician or whatever. Around here, characters will come to a party for about $100, magicians are about $250 which still leaves plenty for food and cake if you are thrifty.
If you are only inviting close friends, you could have the party at a place where they do it all for you, like Monkey Joe's, Gravitopia, Sky Zone, etc... There are tons of kids specialty places that do birthday parties for 8 to 10 kids in the $250-$300 range, leaving $50-$100 for a cake, some drinks, and party favors.

It's hard to say how much everything will cost without specifics, but some basics for my area, Southern US.
Party Favors--$10 to $15 per kid. I did Build-A-Bear one year where I spent $25 per kid, but the actual party was very inexpensive so it worked out.
Catering-- No more than $100 for the cake. There is always left over cake. Food is usually about $5 to $10 per person. If I have a lot of people, I go with cheaper food, if I only have a few, I go with better food.
Venue--Could be anything. If you have it at home, it's free, but you'll have a lot of prep and clean up to do before and after, not to mention a ton of people in your house. Not worth the effort for me. You can rent a shelter in our local parks for $50 to $100 depending on the size. You can also use them without renting them for free, but you risk all of them being full on your party day, so it is best to just rent one if your party is in a popular season for being outside. Lastly, there are the kids' places which range from $250 and up. Easiest option by far, but can get really pricey if you have more than 8 to 10 kids.


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Michelle - posted on 04/27/2015




It's hard for us to say how much everything would cost because this is an international site and prices differ around the world.
The best thing to do would be to go to the shops and have a look at what's around and the prices.

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