Planning a child's birthday party these days can be costly. You want to have great decorations, food and favors all the kids will enjoy. These items add up quickly. My oldest daughter just turned 6 and wanted a spiderman themed birthday party. We needed to stay on a strict budget and I used these 5 tips to stay on track:
1. USE STICKERS-You don't have to by licensed favor bags or boxes. You can purchase sets of bags or boxes in the same color scheme as your theme and decorate them with stickers. I love the Sandy Lion Die Cut Sticker Packs. They come with 104 stickers in the bag-which is more than enough to decorate 8-10 bags or boxes. Ebay Search for 104 sticker packs
2. SHOP THE HOLIDAY CANDY SALES-After every holiday like Valentine's Day or Halloween there is a ton of candy that goes on clearance. You can find candy in the color scheme of your party or with characters from your party theme. My daughter's birthday is right after Valentine's Day. I was able to find Spiderman valentines with 10 Spiderman shaped chocolates in the them for only 25 cents!
3. SPLIT UP ITEMS-You don't need each child to get their own package of stickers or silly bandz. Give each child a sheet of stickers out of the package or 4 silly bands. It makes these fun and cute items go further and saves a ton of money.
4. GET CREATIVE-Products that are licensed (they have the actual character or logo on them) cost more. With a little creativity you can make a non-licensed item fit in with your theme and save some cash. For the spiderman party I added bouncy balls with spiders on them inside the favor boxes. They were a huge hit and cost half of what the spiderman bouncy balls cost.
5. USE RESTRAINT-Remember a favor is simply a little thank you for celebrating the day with your child. It is not meant to be a huge present or gift basket! So take a little pressure off yourself and make it simple. A cute bag or box with a couple of fun tokens is more than enough!