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How Much Should I Spend On My Kids’ Birthday Party?

By Natalie Wong on July, 25 2019

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As your little one’s birthday gets closer and closer, you are probably wondering what the average cost or the right amount of money to spend on your child’s birthday party is. Partify has collected a few tips to help you decide on a budget and create memories that last a lifetime. 

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Think About Who This Party Is For 

In the U.S. there are 21 M kids (under the age of 12) who live in big cities. The average amount of money spent on birthday parties and presents by their parents is $500. In 2016, one survey suggested that only 23% of parents are willing to spend more than $300 on their children’s birthday parties. The cost became higher for the parents, so did the standard for an amazing party. 

While the number seems a little intimidating, parents need to be aware that it is just the average, which includes parents who rent the cinema for their child’s whole class to watch Frozen and parents who DIY everything and throw picnic parties at local parks. Don’t get us wrong. Both are amazing options. 

Though many suggest spending what you can afford, the most important thing to keep in mind is who you’re throwing this party for. This might sound like a silly question to ask (of course it’s for my kids), but birthday parties at different ages are not going to be the same, so is your budget. 

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Take a child’s 1st as an example. It’s worth celebrating because the parents have gone through many sleepless nights to take care of their child and done it all on their own. They are excited to relax, brag about their parenting experience and catch up with everybody else. The kid loves getting all the attention, and the party is equally enjoyable for the parents if not more

If you’re throwing a party like that, think about what you and your partner enjoy doing the most while not overwhelming your child. You can invite a small gathering to your house or go to dinner at a quiet, classy restaurant where you can chat with your closest friends. The amount spent on the party depends on what the adults feel most comfortable doing. 

When children become a little older, you can take into consideration what they enjoy doing and turn that into a party. For example, a party’s theme for a two or three year old can be his favorite storybook or cartoon character.  

After your child goes to school, you should think about what your child and his/her closest friends like to do. They don’t really care how much money you spend on their birthdays. They care about the experience. But doesn’t great experience come from an expensive party? Maybe, but not necessarily. Most kids just like to play with their friends, eat the cake, and open the gifts. If you want to rent the whole cinema, go for it, but don’t feel pressured to spend all your hard-earned money. Having fun isn’t so complicated for kids when they’re with their friends. 

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Start Planning Early 

Once you come up with some general party ideas, you can write down the maximum amount of money you’re willing to spend on the party. More often than not, youre not going to spend all of it if you start looking for supplies months ahead. If you always keep an eye on the items that you want to purchase for the party, most of the time you will get discounts. When you’re walking around the mall or local stores, you can think about what will be a good fit for your party and take some mental notes of the prices to compare later. 

Keep Your Budget in Line

To save even more money, you can have the party at home, send out email invitations, only provide some tasty snacks, and let the kids play competitive games to win small prizes instead of getting goodie bags. 

Here are some cheap and easy party ideas that Partify has collected for you. We’ve found low-cost decorations that you can buy on Amazon to take your party up a notch. You can also try our one-click FREE service to plan the next party. We select the vendors according to the budget you choose, and we have many affordable options. Our best-price guaranteed policy can make sure you receive the best prices possible. 

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Make The Planning Process Educational 

Another aspect of planning a party for your child is what you want them to take away from the experience. After you decide on a budget, you can also teach your little one how to manage money.

Since children begin to build attitudes and habits around money as early as five years old, this might be a good opportunity to introduce some basic concepts. You can present the party’s budget, let’s say $500, and several party activity options to them, such as having a cookout, renting a pool, or making bracelets at home, and show them how much each costs. You can say that if they choose the cheap option, the whole family can take a trip together with the budget left. It’s a great chance to let them understand everything comes at the expense of something else, and they ought to cherish what’s given. You can also tell your children about charity, and ask them to choose whether to cut some money from the budget and donate it to others who are less privileged. Other parents who come to the party can have the option to donate to a charity you trust instead of bringing gifts. 

Share this article if you find it helpful or leave a like below. You can try our one-click free online service to plan your next party! We select the vendors according to the budget you choose and give you the best prices possible. If you have any questions, you can click the “contact us” page or write a comment.

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