Tips for Throwing a Birthday Party on the Cheap

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Birthday parties are never cheap which is why we never have them. Well, that and growing up my mom never really had the money to do much for me for my Birthday which I actually grew up respecting because she would either buy me a cake or make me one and I’d get one gift that I really wanted plus the dinner of my choice. This is something I have been doing with my kids for many years and although I love it and will continue to do just that, I did have a little special party for Ava this past summer. She was turning eleven years old and has been feeling a little left out because Kyla her sister is a year older and can do a few more things that she can’t yet. She just deserved a little party so that’s what we did! I will, however, say I spent the most money on the cake, that is where the money went for the party. Everything else? Amazon and Dollar Tree.

What to buy at the Dollar Store to make an amazing party on the cheap:

All of these items I bought at the dollar tree here which is $1.25 per item (in the US everything in Dollar Tree is $1!)

  • Snacks – Chips, Cheesies, Cracker Tray, Veggie Straws, Candy
  • Party supplies – Cups, Plates, Napkins
  • Table Cloth – They have such a variety and we were doing emoji – they had it!
  • Drinks – We got Arnold Palmers, Iced Tea and some 2L colas
  • Balloons – I was able to get Emoji balloons as well as two 1 balloons (to make 11)

What to buy on Amazon to get the best deal for your party:

  • Extra decorations – I couldn’t find themed ones I wanted such as a banner and table decorations so I got these.
  • Party favors – I bought THIS bag of 80 pieces and I was able to fill up all the goodie bags!

What else do you need to make a killer party on the cheap? These items made it all it was:

  • Cake – we did a Dairy Queen Emoji Ice Cream cake
  • BBQ – We did a BBQ and had hot dogs and hamburgers.
  • Treat bags – AMAZING treat bags we got from Mabel’s Labels (comes with themed stickers, name stickers, and a metal tag – these were provided to me for inclusion in this post)

All in all, we spent under $100 for her party, and she LOVED it. She felt so special and was so appreciative of her party. You don’t have to spend a fortune, and luckily we didn’t invite a ton of classmates because it was in the summer and she was about to start a new school but my friend came over with her 5 kids which made it 110% less stressful for me, and her, and we were all able to just hang out and enjoy ourselves.

Do you throw birthday parties? did you have them when you were growing up? Share your traditions below!

Tips for Throwing a Birthday Party on the Cheap


  • Reply Melissa Chapman October 2, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    This is all a kid really needs, cake a present and kids to have fun and play games with. This world has become very complicated and every birthday is a very expensive undertaking so good for you for keeping it simple.

  • Reply StacieinAtlanta October 2, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    I love these! I have three kids,so you had me at on the cheap. Thanks!

  • Reply Danielle Smith October 2, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Yes, birthdays can be expensive. We want to celebrate our child’s special day, while hopefully not taking out a second mortgage! Your advice will definitely help, while making the party a special one!

  • Reply Toni | Boulder Locavore October 3, 2018 at 12:51 am

    I love these ideas! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Reply Alli Smith October 3, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Birthday parties are so expensive these days! I’m glad you shared that it is possible to have a party on the cheap. I love that you spent under $100 and it looks like a great party!

  • Reply Tasheena October 3, 2018 at 11:33 am

    I love all of your tips! So helpful, the dollar store has so many great items for parties.

  • Reply Pam October 3, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    This is the kind of birthday party I love. Not expensive or stressful but still special. I’m glad that Ava had a great time. :)

  • Reply Jeanette October 3, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    I wish you were this before I had my sons birthday party. Last time I did it I could not do it cheap no matter how hard I tried so I decided it would be better to go someplace. Next year I think I might have it at the house again and take on some of the advice you had here.

  • Reply Amber Myers October 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    I love this decor! And I am all about cheap. You did a great job with this party. We usually have pretty basic parties!

  • Reply candy October 3, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Everyone around here where we live always heads over to the dollar stores to pick up what they need. Heck we just did a conference for women and bought 44 plastic table clothes to use. Tons of stuff to choose from.

  • Reply GiGi Eats October 3, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    It will be interesting to see how I tackle the birthday party thing when my future son (coming December) is old enough to understand and appreciate his birthday!

  • Reply Dennis Littley October 3, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Parties can definitely be done on a budget and this is a wonderful example. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Reply Terri Steffes October 3, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    These are my favorite kind of parties. I love being at them because they are casual, fun and all about the kid. I love Ava’s name. One of my favorite students was named Ava. Her sister was Arax. Great kids!

  • Reply Alyssa Hertzig October 3, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    So many good tips! I do pretty much all of my party shopping on Amazon. It’s easy, comes quickly, and they have so much great stuff!

  • Reply Heather October 3, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Dollar store all the way for all your birthday party expenses. I totally agree. I don’t think we have something big planned this year for any birthdays since we moved to Colorado. We just don’t have the friend base anymore for inviting people over to celebrate. So it will likely be just the family, a dinner out somewhere and a birthday gift.

  • Reply Shannan P October 4, 2018 at 2:48 am

    I LOVE those tags from Mabel’s Labels! My kids have had a couple throughout the years and they are so very cute! Looks like a great party on a great budget!

  • Reply Anosa Malanga October 4, 2018 at 4:15 am

    This is such a nice idea. In this time, we should really be practical enough especially when it comes to finances. Celebrations could be a lot fun and special even without breaking the banks.

  • Reply Catalina October 4, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    It seems that you had a great birhday party! I love your tips and ideas that you shared and I will them very soon, for my kid’s birthday party!

  • Reply Kita Bryant October 4, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Oh you are my hero. These are some great ideas for a tight budget.

  • Reply Denay DeGuzman October 5, 2018 at 3:56 am

    What fabulous ideas for throwing a super fun birthday party without breaking the bank!

  • Reply Maddy Gutierrez October 7, 2018 at 9:20 am

    This looks like such an awesome party! I love that you did it on a budget., So cute!

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