Turns out, party planning for an affordable birthday party is super easy to do! I knew I wanted to do it at a local park that has a splash pad. So I had my location, and my “theme” water-play.
The Invitations (Free)
Last year I got custom designed (and SUPER affordable) invites from Jumping Jax Designs. I loved them. But this year since I wasn’t going to have a big bash, I went the free route and sent out an Evite!
I think they turned out super cute. Simple, but cute!
Since we were going to be at a park, I wanted to keep in super simple. While shopping for food, I came across these Balloons on a stick!. At $1 each, they were affordable, and would stick into the ground marking off our area in the grass!
Party Favors ($0 additional)
Toddlers love balloons on sticks!! So my decorations served as party favors. I took this into account when I was buying them, making sure I had enough for all the kiddos in attendance if they wanted them.
This was the most expensive part of the process. Mostly because I went the easy way, and bought pre-cut fruits and veggies. But you can save even more money by cutting up your own fruit salad and veggie snack trays. I also bought Organic Yogurt Sticks (the individual yogurts in a stick like packaging) as yogurt is a huge hit with any toddler crowd! Optional: Freeze the yogurt sticks, and have a fun frozen treat. I also picked up a box of graham crackers too. We skipped the cake as we were eating on the ground and my crowd was all mainly 18 months – 2.5. We did cake at home for our family celebration. Don’t forget a case of water for everyone to enjoy!
Thank You Cards (Free)
I love Smilebox. You can create cards including pictures from your party, and then add a personal message in the body. And it is free! Here is a sample!
|Make your own thank you|
Total = >$50
We had a blast! And didn’t spend a ton of money. But I still made the day special for all of us!