|Kids Love Homemade Cakes|
We love to celebrate our children's birthdays, every single one, so we are always looking through a frugal party. One of our favorite ways to save is by making our own cake but we also like to vary our types of parties and party favors.
Saving On Birthday Cakes 101
Baking your own cake is the best way to save. $3.00 for cake and icing as opposed to $30+ for a purchased cake is great. My kids love to come up with a birthday theme and research possible cake designs on the web (supervised of course).
Sometimes we buy special cake toppers (mini toys) at the dollar store and sometimes we will clean some we already own. If you do not like to bake, you may consider picking up a plain cake from the bakery section and adding your own cake topper.
Making a permanent ceramic cake topper at a pottery store like As U Wish is also a great way to save on cakes. The cake pictured below was a kit purchased for $2.67 @ Fry's Marketplace.
Limit the Large Parties
Pirates of the Caribbean" for entertainment. This is a good social lesson too; she is learning to politely explain the lack of invitation to her other friends if they should ask.
Saving on Favors and Invitations
Even when we go to a party location like Peter Piper, we make our own favors and invitations. I like to shop at Dollar Tree where I can pick up 30 favor bags for $1 and fill them with candy and small toys according to the theme for that year. Likewise invitations are 8 for $1 however we often make invitations ourselves. One year we had a pirate mermaid themed party and we made messages in a bottle as invitations. It can be great fun.
Learn to Set Limits
Although it may be hard it is wise to plan your party budget and tell your child he or she must only invite 10 friends or whatever your limit is. If you are afraid to enforce this rule remember that by doing so you are teaching your child good social skills for later in life. I instruct my child to keep the party on the down low as to not hurt anyone who was not invited. If someone does ask then they can say, "my mom said I could only invite so many people..."
Birthday parties are great for you child and with a little planning they can be both fun and inexpensive.
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