How many times has your little one received the same pre-made birthday invitation that you’ve seen over and over again? These packs of invitations are often rather inexpensive, but they are also forgettable. With a glance at the invitation do you know if the party is for Cayle, or William, or Jessie, or Donovan? Probably not.
While pre-packaged invitations can save time, and even money, these invitations do not set the invitation, or the party, apart from the others. And, after all, that’s what you and your child want. A memorable party. There are several ways to make unique invitations with just a little creativity and not as much money as you might expect.
Sort through your photo files until you find that perfect picture of your child that was taken recently. Use a photo editing program (many can be found free of charge) and add a personal message. Then print it off to send to your guests. Choose black and white to save money on printer ink if you wish; it can be quite artsy and unique that way, too. Or print off in sepia tones for another nostalgic look.
How many times has your little one received the same pre-made birthday invitation that you’ve seen over and over again?
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Now, when your guests stick your invitation onto the refrigerator door, there will be no doubt who the party is for. A bonus is you have now created a keepsake for friends and family to cherish.
Another idea is to come up with an imaginative poem about your child or the fun party you are planning, and write it down. Then print off your poem and use it to create your invitation. If you cannot think up your own poem, there are online sources where you can get quoted poetry verses that are free to use without copyright infringement.
One-line quotes are another way to create excitement about your child’s birthday party. Use a quote that gives a hint of what fun might be expected at the party. You could even use a different line from a poem on each invitation, and when everybody gets together, the completed poem leads to a special prize or event. The idea is to use words to build the fun.
Depending on how many people you are planning to invite, you might want to entertain the idea of hand-crafted invitations. These don’t have to be the upscale cards you see in the scrap-booking and card-making aisles of the craft shop. You can simply spend an afternoon with your child and a pile of cardboard, construction paper, ribbons, glue, scissors, googly eyes, markers, glitter glue, foam sheets, pom poms, stencils, and stickers.
Simple cut-outs from old magazines, coloring books, or anything that interests your child will make a great invitation when arranged artfully on a card and put in an envelope. This is not only fun, but it’s frugal, too.
When creating a hand delivered or mailed invitation simply isn’t possible, you can always find websites to send free invitations by email. Pick from the templates available, or upload your own photo. Then you can choose a pre-written invitation or write your own text and enter the email addresses of those you would like to send the invitations to.
You can request an RSVP via a phone call or an email response. For busy folks who spend more time on their computer than at their mailbox, this could be a good way to connect and get your invitation out there quickly and timely.
The invitation is one way you can cut costs when considering the budget for a child’s birthday party. With the ideas presented here, however, you won’t need to cut out creativity or fun!
Kids birthday parties can be expensive. You can bank on spending a lot of your hard-earned money on a so-called ‘pre-packaged party’ such as the ones you’ll find at popular places like Chuck E Cheese or Monkey Joes. If you are looking for a place to set up your party, but want to keep your budget low, a little research will go a long way to saving you some real money.
Many cities and towns have nice parks with plenty of amenities. You may find picnic tables, grills, electric hookups, enclosed shelters, and, of course, the playground areas. With just a few things from home, some well planned food and drink, and a bunch of fun games, you can turn your child’s birthday party into a day of fun in the sun, and for a lot less money.
There are probably places within your community where you can rent a room or pay a donation for the use of the facilities. For instance, contact the pastor of your church and arrange to pay a donation for the use of one of the children’s rooms.
Kids birthday parties can be expensive.
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These will often have craft supplies and games already set up in the room that you will be able to use, for a donation, of course. Take time to research online for some great craft ideas and you’ll have a good start. Schools and libraries may also have an area available for group activities.
Your community also may have a children’s museum, perhaps even with hands-on fun. Another option is to take the kids on a ‘factory tour.’ Oftentimes, shops where candy, chocolate, or even decorations like wreaths are made are happy to share a little time with groups of kids. They can see how chocolate, candies, fruit snacks, candles, wreaths, or other crafts and yummy treats are made. Arrange ahead to buy something from the shop to throw into the goodie bags and everybody’s happy.
Having a party in your own backyard is one of the best ways to host a cheap birthday party. If your backyard doesn’t fit the bill, perhaps a friend or family member would be willing to lend their acreage for your party. With a backyard party, you have the freedom to create a party of your own choosing. Pick a theme and have even more fun; themes like:
By using the resources available around you, you can create a birthday party that your child will remember forever, and for a fraction of the cost of a pre-packaged birthday.
When it comes right down to it, kids just want to have fun, try new things, and be able to let their imaginations soar. As long as you are creative in your approach, you can have a great birthday party without spending a ton of money.