How to plan a kids' birthday party on a budget

If you are like me, I am always planning a birthday party for my sons as the years go by. I like to create memories but let's confess it. Birthday parties can get pretty expensive really quick if you are not careful, especially when planning a kids' birthday party on a budget.

Both my kids had a 1st birthday party at an event space. My eldest had his birthday at The Florida Aquarium, while my youngest had his birthday at the Glazer Children's museum. They were hefty-priced birthday parties that I splurged on for their first birthday, but don't think I want to repeat that every single year.

So, here are some ideas on how to plan a kids' birthday party on a budget.

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Plan a kids' birthday party on a budget

“Budget friendly way to plan kids parties!”


Deciding on a theme is the first step in planning a budget-friendly party. Without a theme, most times you may buy unnecessary items and end up spending way more than you intended to.

Picking a theme is so much easier as it gives you the ideas of what items to buy so that you can know your cost and get exactly what you need.

For my son's 6th birthday party, I decided to go with a beach ball theme. It is something really simple and surprisingly doesn't cost much to put together. The actual budget for decor was ONLY $20 (Dollar store).


Once you decide on a theme, search for ideas that will help you to select items that can match your theme.

For the theme above I "googled" beach ball theme birthday party. So many ideas popped up on google. It also gave me options as to what I could purchase to complete the decor.

Another of my favorite place to look for inspiration is Pinterest. Do a Pinterest search to see if others have ideas that you can use as well to get inspiration from.