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5 Cheap Birthday Party Ideas Guests Will Love

These days, it’s not uncommon to spend hundreds of dollars on a birthday party — not including presents!

If you’re not interested in or able to drop a ton of cash on a party that will only last a few hours, don’t worry- we’ve got solutions for you!

You don’t have to break the bank to throw an awesome birthday party. Keep reading to learn five cheap birthday party ideas that your guests will love!

Go Digital

One of the easiest ways to save money when planning a birthday party is to go digital with your invitations. You save on printing costs, and your guests (and their parents) will appreciate not having to keep track of the invitation.

There are lots of services out there that make it easy for you to send a digital party invitation. You can even take advantage of Facebook’s new greeting card service!

Let Guests Make Their Own Party Favors

Craft activities are almost always a hit at birthday parties. In addition to being fun and affordable, craft activities also allow guests to have something fun and useful to bring home instead of the traditional junk-filled goody bag.

Check out party-supply websites and look for cheap options like blank puzzles or plain tote bags that guests can decorate and customize.

Upgrade Your Cake

It’s much cheaper to make your own cake than it is to buy one from a bakery. But, some people hesitate to do this because they don’t want to sacrifice the flavor of their cake.

It’s easy to upgrade a box cake mix, though, while still saving money. Just follow these tips:

  • Add one more egg than what the directions call for
  • Use melted butter instead of oil and use twice as much as the directions call for
  • Use whole milk instead of water

By making a couple simple swaps (for ingredients you likely already have on hand) you’ll end up with a rich, delicious cake that will rival anything you could buy from a bakery.

Finish it off with a simple homemade buttercream frosting. Just mix together milk unsalted butter, vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar for a tasty topping!

Focus on Free Activities

You don’t need to spend a ton of money on entertainment. There are lots of free activities that party guests will love. Some of our favorites include:

  • Freeze Dance
  • Musical Chairs
  • Hot Potato
  • Charades
  • Red Rover
  • Three-Legged Race
  • Duck, Duck, Goose
  • “Simon Says”
  • Scavenger Hunts

You can also look for quieter activities like free coloring pages, mazes, and word searches to keep guests occupied.

Use DIY Decorations

Whether you’re having an outdoor party with an Under Canvas tent or an indoor bash, there’s no reason to spend a fortune on decorations that are going to end up in the trash after just a few hours. Invest in a few key items (some foil balloons or a birthday banner) and use your own creativity to jazz up plain basic paper plates and napkins.

You can use a hole punch along the edges to create a design and use a colored binder and dot stickers (available at any office supply store) to decorate plain balloons or signs.

Want to Share Your Own Cheap Birthday Party Ideas?

If you have other cheap birthday party ideas that you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you! Contact us today if you’re interested in advertising with us or writing a guest post about a great money-saving topic!


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