Birthday Parties have always been special in my household. With both sides of my famly we always have a celebatory dinner for the family member who is having a birthday. Now that we have grown, we combine and have a monthly meal if there are multiple birthdays in one month.
But for my little ones I am still throwing bigger shindigs!
Invitations: I used Evite for the majority of my invites. Others who either did not have an email address or I did not know it received a very simple invitiation printed on resume paper and folded into a business envelope.
Location: For the past two years we have been blessed to have had my son's birthday at the church where I work for a very low price. The price includes use of the sitting areas, gym, foosball table and pool table, kitchen, and BOUNCE HOUSES!! This year we had a much larger guest list because we included our new friends from Mother's Day Out! That made this such a frugal find since it is one price not priced per child.
Food: I made cupcakes instead of purchasing a cake which saved me a minimum of $10 (more since the amount of cupcakes was more than what one cake would have fed) I prepared other inexpensive dishes from home as well; Cinnamon Rolls, cut up fruit and veggies and Goldfish. These were great becuase any leftovers were easy to work into our menus.
Drinks: This was probably the most expensive item on the list. We wanted to be sure we had plenty. And plenty we did. Again leftovers were great!!
Goody Bags: After Christmas Clearance!! Need I say more?? I found great goodies for our guests at the Target $1 bins for 75% off! Everyone got a small dry erase board. Cost to me $0.25! I also gave away Magnets & small packages of M&Ms. Also frugal finds! The smaller guests got board books and older guest received small planners. Both found at Target for $0.25 each.
Decorations: This was very minimal. I did have some leftover balloons from a previous party and had them blown up with helium there at the church. Because I made cupcakes, plates and forks were really not needed. I had a big package of napkins and a smaller package of plates and forks. All the drinks were individual so cups were not needed. I purchased very neutral, inexpensive paper products to keep cost down.
All in all I spent around $100 for a party for 60+ people!