Available Now
MetroKids
Bookmark and Share Email this page Email Print this page Print Feed Feed Edit Module

Birthday Parties for Every Budget

Plus: Food, favors, decorations and invites on a budget

(page 1 of 2)

Have you priced out a kid’s birthday party lately? Between invitations, the site, the food, the cake, the entertainment, the decorations, the favors . . . costs can mount higher than expected. No worries. The Delaware Valley’s the perfect place to plan a party, whatever your budget.

Budget Invitations

Mystery invitations: Attach a separate piece of the same puzzle to simple homemade invitations. Ask guests to bring their piece to the party to help piece together the puzzle. 

Online invite templates: Find a plethora free printable party invitations on websites like Pinterest or through software programs like Microsoft Word.

Invitation in a bottle: Brew strong black tea, let it cool and pour it in a flat rectangular Tupperware. Coat plain white paper in the liquid for one to two hours, then dry completely atop paper towels. Print invitations on the paper, roll them up and insert them in plastic water bottles closed with a cork.

Budget party favors

Write-on chalkboards: Give each partygoer a mini chalkboard with a pack of colorful chalk to decorate.

S’mores to-go: Wrap up a chocolate bar, graham crackers, marshmallows and a skewer for a treat guests can take home.

Art supplies: Give each partygoer a pencil box filled with a pack of crayons, sketch pad, set of watercolor paints, paintbrush, stickers and other art supplies.

$50 or less

One way to make the most of a smaller budget is to celebrate at home with a crafting party. Keep the guest list manageable, no more than five to eight kids, and buy plain, inexpensive T-shirts or canvas bags from the dollar or crafts store. Have the kids decorate with paint, markers, glue, fabrics, buttons, glitter, ribbon and other art supplies all parents have around the house. Or ask guests to bring their own Rainbow Looms, then provide a heap of the colorful bands for a bracelet-making bash.

For foodie kids, a chocolate-making party’s a sweet (and sweetly cost-effective) alternative. Pick up a variety of inexpensive molds and multicolored candy discs at a crafts store. Melt the discs, then have the partygoers pour their favorite flavors into the molds and decorate. The candy will solidify quickly in the fridge and do double-duty as favors.


$50 to $100

Want to host away from home? The Camden Children’s Garden on the scenic Camden Waterfront offers a pair of low-cost garden-party options. Parties with up to 30 attendees can rent the Butterfly House tent, next to CCG’s indoor butterfly garden (butterflies are a popular party of late), for $70 to $80. The Garden Tent, which can hold up to 150 guests, is yours for $85 to $95. For either option, guests can explore the five Story Gardens, dig up fossils in the Dinosaur Garden and, for additional fees, ride the carousel or train (pictured at left). Bring your own cake; the CCG can supply goodie bags.

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Advertisement
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More on this topic »Money

The Women's Guide to Family Car Buying

The Women's Guide to Family Car Buying

Tips to get women comfortable with the process of buying a family car

Edit ModuleShow Tags

MK Memo

MK Memo: Moms Know
Papal Visit Playbook for Parents

Papal Visit Playbook for Parents

Here's a look at activities, closures and background information parents should know about for the World Meeting of Families Sept. 22-27 in Philadelphia.

Comments

CHOP's New Digs

CHOP's New Digs

Take a photo tour of CHOP's new Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.

Comments

Art Splash: Summer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Art Splash: Summer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

What parents can expect at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art Splash kids' summer program.

Comments

Babies & Zoo Animals: July Preview

Babies & Zoo Animals: July Preview

Preview of the July 2015 edition of MetroKids, including baby products, VBAC and baby care class info, as well as an introduction to the animals who live at zoos and aquariums.

Comments

The Marvel Experience: What Should Parents Expect?

The Marvel Experience: What Should Parents Expect?

A parent's guide to The Marvel Experience at Lincoln Financial Field through July 5

Comments

Edit ModuleShow Tags

MomSpeak

The voices of local moms
Give to Your School, Cash Free!

Give to Your School, Cash Free!

There are a surprising number of ways to help your school besides donating money.

Comments

MomSpeak

The voices of local moms
20 Late Summer Family Fun Ideas

20 Late Summer Family Fun Ideas

The summer is coming to an end, not for my boys but for me too. I’m going back to school, to teach. Just part time at a little Montessori School near where I live. It’s a perfect fit for me and my family, exactly what we I needed. I’m excited for this new beginning...

Comments

MomSpeak

The voices of local moms
Dad Music Review: Play Date

Dad Music Review: Play Date

Rock with this album for kids and parents alike.

Comments

{/if}