- My budget is tight. People say that but I really mean it. My husband believes in this weird conspiracy called saving. He thinks that all of our money should be saved. I think like 1/2 should (ok maybe 1/4 but I digress). So when it came to my daughters birthday party I wanted to have a huge party! Hello, a girl only turns one once and will never remember this so clearly it needs to be huge! However I knew we would be on a strict budget. I gave myself $100 dollars for everything. That included food for over 30 people, decorations and activities.
Here was the break down:
- Food- Primary cost. I spent about $50 dollars on fresh veggies, hummus, pitas, an olive bar, spinach and artichoke dip, lemonade and baking items for cupcakes and cake. I also purchased candy for the pinata with this money. My mother in law was kind enough to bring a fruit tray.
- Decorations- I spent about $20 dollars on decorations. That was some yellow tulips, a few yellow, silver and white balloons, and some cloth material for the tables. I printed out Peanuts name and displayed that in frames for free!
- Activities- I spent $20 dollars on activities for all the kiddos. That included window markers to write on our massive mirror, and a fishing rod to go fishing in the bath tub.! Additionally when someone would catch a fish in the bath tub they got to take a real one home (I know every parent out there hates me), our gold fish cost a total of $3. A big expense that I scored big on was a pinata on clearance. The last expense was $2 for face paint.
- Goodie bags- We filled the goodie bags with glow in the dark sticks (clearance), stickers, play dough and they supplemented as the bags to catch your candy in when the pinata broke. This totaled around $15.
Yes indeed I did go over by $5 dollars and guess what? I am still hearing about it! Ok not really, I think he was
impressed I did all that for close to a $100. I know my daughter won't remember her birthday and some may think it is silly to spend a $100 on a birthday party but for us it was a good investment. We loved having our friends and family over and our daughter enjoyed seeing all her friends.
As an added bonus in lieu of gifts we asked our friends to donate to the March of Dimes since our little girl was a preemie herself. We raised about $200 dollars for March of Dimes and that in itself is a celebration.