Birthday Bash on a Budget

Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

Living with four girls, we have a lot of birthdays in my house, and unfortunately they all happen within two months of each other. We have had to get creative in how we plan a birthday bash without breaking the bank. I thought I would share with you a list of ways to plan a great birthday party at a low cost.

1. Have your cake and eat it too.

Buying a store bought cake is out of the picture if you’re trying to save money. Instead go pick up a box of cake mix, some sprinkles and frosting and whip up a cake on your own. Not only will the personal touch add more thought to the cake but you can also get away with making a cake that only costs about $5.

2. Cocktails

Who doesn’t love a pretty cocktail! Instead of making expensive, extravagant cocktails try pink panty droppers! The name is a little odd as are the ingredients, but it is a tasty drink that can be made cheaply!

What you’ll need:

– 1/2 Gallon of vodka

– 12 cans of beer

– 7 cans of pink lemonade concentrate

– 6 lemons

Mix together vodka, beer, and lemonade then transfer the mixture into a pretty vase or container of some sort. Since the mixture is so delicious you can use cheaper brands of vodka, beer, and pink lemonade and no one will tell the difference. Use the lemons as a garnish to class up each glass!

3. Decorations

Flowers are key! If weather permits, walk around your neighborhoods and clip some flowers…don’t take your neighbors entire plant of course, but I’m sure they won’t miss a couple! Create a couple eclectic bouquets and place them around the house for a little color.

You can find some surprising gems at the dollar tree. Look for fun streamers and confetti that you can add to the room. Remember, you don’t want it to look tacky, a little goes a long way. I love this fabric party garland. So simple, yet so cute.

Old news papers are also a great touch and they are free! use them as a tablecloth or scrunch them up into flowers. Don’t be afraid to get creative. The black and white effect will add a nice modern, sophisticated touch to the room.

Decorations are the perfect way to test your creativity. Think outside the box!

4. Gifts

Everyone loves getting a gift, especially on their birthday. Recently I found this great gift idea at Walmart. Ready in one hour you can create a professional looking photo book with up to 600 pictures! This book as been a hit among many of my roommates. It is a great keepsake they can keep forever. For $15.96 you can create an 8×10 book full of memories. The receiver is sure to appreciate the thoughtfulness of the book and it won’t break your bank.

5. Party Favors

Although they aren’t always necessary, party favors are a nice touch to end the evening on. They are a great way to say thank you for coming…but they can also be pricy. Sparklers are a great little parting gift. Bunch together 3-5 sparklers and tie a cute ribbon around them. It’s a simple gift but also very cute. You can find sparklers here.

Parties are fun, so have fun with the planning process! Be creative and use recyclable items around the house to save a little money. Party away the night!

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3 thoughts on “Birthday Bash on a Budget

  1. Marylee Fido says:

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