Every May, we find ourselves being tight with money because we celebrate Mothers’ Day and six birthdays, including Junior’s. He decided this year he didn’t want a birthday party but wanted to invite a couple of friends out for a day of fun and sleepover for the weekend.
The cost of a birthday party for roughly 30 guests is more than $500. Considering we needed to purchase large amounts of drinks, food and party goodies for the kids, we were able to keep the cost of Junior’s fun weekend down to about $125 this year! Instead of a store-bought cake, John baked a cake and I decorated it. Instead of having a huge amount of people over for a party, we invited family only and everyone brought something.
This worked out so well! We were looking for extra money and found another opportunity to save toward our goal. I thought changing the party format would be difficult or take away from our son’s 8th birthday celebration but it actually worked out pretty well and Junior had a ball. He was able to hang out with his closest friends and have just as good of a time. We really learned a valuable lesson and will use this method for future birthday celebrations.
What have you done to save money while entertaining for birthday parties or other large gatherings?
This is an entry from the 2009 Connex Savings Challenge Blog, a place where you can keep up with the Savings Challenge families and they can share great financial tips, ways they are saving and budgeting and much more! For more blog entries and information on the Connex Savings Challenge, visit http://www.connexcu.org.