Family Birthday Party Expenses-Huge Concern or Not?

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-30-2011
Family Birthday Party Expenses-Huge Concern or Not?
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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 7:21pm

I sometimes hear people complain about how much it can cost to host a children's party. The entertainment, favors, treats, food, and so on can add up. Is there ways you usually try to save money on the cost of children's parties?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2005

I am not great in this area because I usually get sucked in. Actually having my 5 year olds party today.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-07-2004

hello!! usually we throw house birthday parties. my dh has a big family-by the time i invite his siblings, his close cousins and aunts/uncles-theres about 30 people. then we invite my family members and a few friends and we have close to 50 people. we used to go to this chuck e cheese type place-ceasarland-and it was a great place to have it. you only needed reservations on the weekends. and on wednesdays-they offered free video games. but unfortunatly, that place closed up about a year ago:( with my oldest dd, we have had parties at the beach, several outdoor parties and a couple at ceasarland. her birthday is june 26th-you can do all that fun stuff. my poor youngest dd-shes febuary 15th. we looked at chuck e cheeses and jeepers. EXPENSIVE. but i called around-were having it at the local mall. we have 2 hours downstairs in the auditorium for cake, food and presents...then we have 1 hour in the play area upstairs. its $95. thats not too bad. shes excited, im excited...i like this idea. we have always hit the dollar store for favors and decorations...for food, were getting $5 pizzas...we dont go all out for decorations...i never do the streamer thing-i usually get a couple of balloons and maybe a banner. usually birthday parties run us between $100-$150 depending on where we have it and what kind of food we have.