Any parent who’s ever thrown a birthday party has been astounded by how quickly the price tag adds up. Even if you hold it at home as opposed to a kiddie arcade or bounce-house emporium, you still have to shell out for food, drinks and those accursed goody bags. (Raise your hand if you never want to see a miniature plastic Slinky ever again.)
But while the delight on our kids’ faces is well worth the cost, it never hurts to save a few dollars on their birthday bashes – especially if you have more than one child. Kate Gosselin knows this well, which is why her blog for Coupon Cabin this week is a list of tips she picked up while planning the recent party for her sextuplets’ eighth birthday.
Older sisters Cara and Mady thought it would be fun to plan their siblings’ party themselves – a tea party for Hannah, Alexis and Leah and a LEGO-themed party for Joel, Aaden and Collin. Kate was all for it, but, as she explains, “This year especially, I explained to them the importance of making a budget and sticking to it. I wanted them to help me plan the party as inexpensively as possible.”
So how did she make things both fun and wallet-friendly?
First, she researched party-supply stores that offered the best deals, and found much of what she needed at the ShinDigz site. (She suggests clicking here for money-saving coupons.)
Kate then saved money on paper and postage by sending her invitations through Evite rather than by mail. (One tip from this mom – if you go this route, you may still have to follow up with phone calls to guests who forget to RSVP!)
But where they really saved was on food and games. Instead of hitting the bakery or supermarket, Kate baked separate cakes for the girls and boys – though she had to turn the boys’ cake into cupcakes because of an icing snafu. Cutting sandwiches into fancy shapes and crushing a bag of peppermints into plain vanilla ice cream made the menu fancy but not expensive.
Party planners Mady and Cara led the guests in such fun activities as a scavenger hunt, a LEGO-building contest with candy and decorating tea-party hats.
“It was a joy for me to see eight happy kids come together to make milestone memories, while doing it affordably,” Kate reminisces.
Sounds like a good deal to us, too!
What are some of your money-saving ideas for kids’ birthdays?
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]
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