Throwing a rememberable birthday doesn’t require tons of dough. I know too many people who think the more money spent, the better the experience. Take that thinking and toss it out the window. Here are all the ways you can throw the best birthday party while on a budget! Be sure to look out for other Design and Finance posts for inspiration and tips!
Birthday On a Budget:
1. Make Your Own Invitations
By making your own invitations you will save a lot of money for your birthday budget. I have also found, that many people appreciate the handmade items better. You don’t even have to worry about handwriting something. Use some cardstock and a free online template and you’re set.
Check out Greetings Island for cute birthday invitations templates.
2. Have a Potluck
Catering food can get expensive very easy. Buying enough groceries and cooking to feed a large group is also expensive and time consuming. Making a potluck will bring a large variety of food options at no expense to you.
3. Make Your Cake
No need to spend any money at the store on a birthday cake. It’s so easy to D.I.Y. your own birthday cake and make it good. Who can tell the difference between fully handmade and white box cake anyway? Decorating is simple with white frosting and a chocolate drip or your decoration of choice.
4. Have the Party at Home
Maybe this is the more obvious of the bunch, but it will save you a boatload of cash. Having your party at home or at a park will also make it feel more intimate with your close family and friends invited.
With the rest of the tips added here, having a party at home can feel fancy as if you were having it at an event center!
5. Make Your Decorations
It’s so silly to spend a lot of money on decorations you will only use once then throw away. Nothing is better than having handmade items at your party. Again, the handmade sentiment goes much farther than anything store bought.
You can make dried citrus, macrame, pressed flowers, tassels, you name it. D.I.Y. decorations are so fun and creative your friends are going to want to know how you pulled it off.
6. Have a Small Group
If you’re really trying to work hard on your budget, it might be better to invite a smaller group. This is nice anyway to focus on those who are really close to you. Especially now, without seeing people for months at a time it will be nice to really catch up.
Having a smaller party makes it more intimate. Being able to interact and talk to all your guests who attend will also show your attentiveness to your guests.
7. Get Decorations From the Dollar Store
If you really must get decorations, choose to shop at the dollar store. Like I said before, you don’t want to waste money on cheap paper decorations that you will most likely end up throwing away.
When you’re getting your decorations from the dollar store, consider a theme or style you know you might reuse. This way you can save to use again them and feel better about the environment and your wallet.
8. Ask Guests For Help
Instead of expecting big gifts, simply ask your guests to bring something to add to the festivities. Ask if your friends already have decorations or games to bring to add to the fun. Ask guests to bring their own drinks, since booze can be the priciest part of the party.
This way, you won’t have to deal with providing more than you can manage. Guests at your birthday will typically be there for you to help out and be willing to as well!