Today is my son’s birthday and it’s a big one. But in honor of his birthday, I decided to post a cheap birthday party idea that we have used in past years. We are doing something similar with a little more bang this year since it’s such an important one.
In past years, we have planned a get together with some friends and family that he wanted to celebrate with. This year, he is turning sixteen, so this party is special. However with his age, parties aren’t such a big thing anymore, yet he definitely wants it to be honored.
To save a little money we have planned a picnic at the park.
We are serving sandwiches, a fruit platter (we cut up ourselves), a veggie platter (again we cut up by ourselves), crackers and cheese, chips and dip (the dips are homemade), beans and a variety of other inexpensive, yet perfect for picnic foods.
We also opted for cupcakes instead of a birthday cake to cut down on wasted cake (or having not purchased enough) and the cost difference was really noticeable. He loved the idea, because we were able to do chocolate, white and yellow. This gives everyone a choice. People don’t think twice about eating one cupcake, but try cutting them a piece of cake that small and you are sure to hear a little whining.
Doing a picnic birthday party is a really great way to save some money and do a cheap birthday while still making the day extra special for the birthday person.
What do you guys do to save money on birthday parties?
(Oh, we made all the decorations with the exception of a few that we bought from various dollar stores – they are reusable too!)
Happy 16th Birthday Ryan! I love you! ~Mom