Parties can be expensive if we aren’t careful, and children’s birthday parties are no exception. We all want to give our little ones the best possible birthday memories, and sometimes the spending can get right out of hand in a flash.

Thankfully there are plenty of ways to save money on kid’s birthday parties, without sacrificing the fun.

Here are four simple ways to save on kid’s birthday parties:


Decorations are one of the more expensive birthday party purchases, especially if you are going for a particular theme. A great way to save a lot of cash is to find your inner creativity and make your own. The internet is full of helpful tutorials and free printables, with websites like Pinterest being a complete gold mine for do-it-yourself inspiration. You may be amazed how easy (and cheap) it can be to theme a beautiful birthday party yourself.


Family and friends are usually eager to help you out, so instead of feeling obliged to do it all yourself, accept their offers, or ask. Simple things such as bringing a plate of food, organising the drinks or lending your tables and chairs can make the event a whole lot easier and cheaper overall.


Children are generally pretty easily pleased so do not feel they need all the latest trends and a banquet of food for their party. Instead, focus on the things that will matter most at the end of the day – fun and friends. Games and company make for great birthday party memories and both of these can be pretty inexpensive to achieve.


Discount stores are a party planning haven these days, with heavily reduced pricing on all the things we normally need for parties. Plates, lollies, game prizes. You can get a lot for a little at your local discount variety store.

With these tips, you can plan your next kid’s birthday party on a budget and still give them a party worth remembering.

What are your thrifty tips to save on kids birthday parties?


Holly Connors is a freelance writer and blogger at Simplify Create Inspire, with a focus on simplifying life, saving money and getting organised. She also writes a family travel blog with her husband. Holly is a mother of 2 with a background in psychology, although more recently self-employed and enjoying the less conventional side of earning a living. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.