Most mom’s can barely say the words “Birthday Party” before they have spent $200 or more. Planning your child’s birthday party doesn’t usually lend itself to money saving tips and tricks since no one wants to cut corners on their child’s special day. Fortunately, there are many great ways to save money without taking the fun out of the party!!!!!! I PROMISE!!!
Stick to cake and ice cream!
Fruit and veggie trays, sandwich fixings or pizza orders quickly add up. Plan your child’s birthday party in the afternoon, after lunch but before dinner, and be sure to mention the words “cake and ice cream” on the invitation so no one expects a full meal. Easily $20-$40 saved depending on number of guests
Do it yourself
While I understand it is easier to let a party location handle goody bags or food, or to head out and order a cake, you’ll end up spending more money and not saving yourself that much time honestly. Make a cake the night before, have your child help with goody bags, and make lemonade instead of buying cases of soda. By doing things yourself that you might have paid someone else to handle, you’re sure to save money. These are money saving tips that can go beyond just goody bags and refreshments — follow that do-it-yourself mindset in everything you do. For some that say they aren’t crafty RELAX you can do it!!! Easily $20-$60 saved depending on number of guests ( Also see below for NO goody bag option)
Skip the amusement parks/locations/etc
Instead of shelling out the big bucks for an amusement park or an indoor arcade or play place, consider a party at home. Renting a bouncy castle, putting out the Slip ‘n Slide or playing more traditional party games is substantially less expensive, yet still makes for a great birthday party. Work with your theme for the party…EX. If it’s a Tea Party have the girls make their own glasses of tea, paint a pretty crown, or play dress up. Work with items you have around your house to keep costs down. Easily $40-$100 saved depending on number of guests
Don’t invite your child’s whole class
This money saving tip is one of the quickest ways to trim your party bill. Having a large classroom-size birthday party might work for some families, but don’t feel pressured to make this a regular occurrence. Instead, allow one large birthday party for those special occasions (such as the big 10, 13, sweet 16 etc) and then keep other parties to a smaller crowd that you feel comfortable with. You can do more with the kids without spending a fortune. Easily $20-$50 saved depending on number of guests
Send home one small prize only
Goody bag gifts end up here, there and everywhere. Don’t waste your money on candy, small games and toys. Instead, pick one item that goes with the party’s theme and send that home instead. Are you having a Go, Diego, Go birthday party? Purchase a Beanie Baby to go along with the rain forest theme. Other moms will appreciate that you aren’t just sending home more clutter! Easily $20-$40 saved depending on number of guests. Think about it! You pack a goody bag and fill it with multiple items you can easily spend anywhere from $5-$8 per bag. Why not but one nice toy for that amount or less and save clutter and time!!! NO making up bags! ( If you choose this option)
Saving money by NO MEANS takes all the fun out of parties or planning. It is meant to make it easier, and most cost effective! REMEMBER……..YOU NEED TO ENJOY YOUR CHILD’S BIRTHDAY PARTY AS WELL!!!!
Handpainted favor boxes! $4 for a pack of 6. You and your child could paint them together for a great favor for guests as well as a keepsake!
Have any questions? Ask!! Need Help? I am here!!!
Have a blessed day!
Through the course on starting this business I have come across a lot of amazing people, and I mean amazing! I pray that I can meet even more along the journey this career choice will take me on. A little over a year ago I was reunited with a dear friend from high school that I always looked up to back then, and still do, Kelli Neese Russell. Kelli is one of those amazing people who do amazing things for so many!!! Through her I have been blessed and will forever be in debt to her and her kindness.
This story began when Kelli asked me to facepaint for the St. Baldrick’s Event at Fibber’s in March of 2012. I had just started my business a little over six months before hand when she so graciously trusted me with her baby. I brought my crew made up of my most trusted employees Tara Womble and Shawn Best both being my siblings. We painted on cheeks, foreheads, arms, backs, hands, and much more! We watched as all of those amazing and brave people shaved their heads to raise money for others in need. As we watched I remember my brother mentioning he wanted to shave his head after he saw a lovely lady shave hers especially after having scars that would be revealed. Not an easy thing for a woman, much less a woman with scars to show her story.
What you don’t know is that my brother, Christopher Shawn Best aka Shawn, was in a car accident in 1992. He was thrown out of the back windshield and a piece of metal went through his cheek, through his nasal glands, and entered his brain. He has a plate in his head and over the last 21 years has multiple brain surgeries, infections, scars, lost his ability to smell, and not to mention the scare of not seeing another day. As I am writing this he is scheduled for another surgery on March 20th. He is making a huge leap to shave his head this year despite his scars and wounds that go beyond physical so I am asking for any donation that you can give to help an amazing lady right here in our home town, Wilmington NC, who has been diagnosed with cancer. The more money we can raise the more help we can provide!
HELP HIM HELP HER………Where do heroes come from?
CONTACT P3 TO GIVE YOUR DONATION TODAY OR GIVE ONLINE FOLLOWING LINK! Donations being accepted until March 17th! http://www.youcaring.com/dashboard.aspx#home
Check out Shaving for Chere , donate, and come to the event if you can!
I am a little emotional tonight after watching Parenthood…..yes I said Parenthood! One mother is going through Breast Cancer and it is very heart wrenching to me. I have cried at the last four episodes! I don’t normally go on a tangent or get emotional but I feel the need…My mother has had breast cancer multiple times, and my father has cancer and I am so scared everyday that I may loss him……
My post earlier today was daring for you all to go to another place, help someone else in need, be someone’s support system….I am not only daring you, asking you, but begging you. When will you need that help in return? When will someone you love need that shoulder to cry on? Not all of us have a close tight family! So be there for someone in need. I want to do something for someone else this Christmas….can anyone help me come up with some ideas? Let’s do it…let’s get together and help those less fortunate than ourselves.
Caroling at the Hospital on Christmas Eve? Bringing cookies to the Nursing home? Visiting an orphanage? I am overwhelmed and moved beyond belief so what can we do friends?
I DARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Leave your suggests our comments and let’s do something amazing !!!
I haven’t blogged in a while. It is so hard to find the time, but anyways here it goes for this month!…..
As I look back on 2012 and move forward to 2013 I have been SO blessed to work with and for so many amazing people, non-for-profits, and organizations. I am honored more than you will ever know to think that my services have helped to raise money for causes I stand 100% behind. Just to name a few (because I want to give a shout out!);
Love is Bald http://loveisbald.org/
Pretty in Pink http://www.prettyinpinkfoundation.org/
Pleasure Island Day of Hope https://www.facebook.com/PIDOHP
Boardwalk Makeover Group https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boardwalk-Makeover-Group/135147286533114
I thank you all for allowing P3 to be a part and honored to help in any way I possibly can. Thus being said I am looking forward to some new events already in place for 2013! All in all P3 has helped to raise over $1,100.00 this year alone with face painting and YOUR generous donations! My challenge is to raise the bar for 2013 and DOUBLE IT!!!
With all this said I ask what are your plans for 2013? What will you give back? Who will you help? Let’s make a New Year’s resolution to help those in need…I challenge you!
From Ours to Yours we wish you a Merry Christmas!
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As I sit back and think about the last year and envision my next steps I am a little overwhelmed, but in an AMAZING way! I am so blessed that this journey has taken me this far! I am more blessed by the people I have meet along this road and reconnected with! I am the person who will buy blue and white candy for a party, not because anyone wants them or even likes them, but because they match the colors or theme!! Some say I go over board, but I disagree! Thus the obsession began……
I started P3 with dreams of being a well known planner, but I will be honest I have done a lot of charity work, and volunteered more time over the last year than I ever have in my entire life. The joy that this brings me is immeasurable. I have not been able to give millions of dollars to any organization but the thing that we all should keep in mind is that every little bit helps and makes a difference in the total outcome.I have volunteered my time, as well as my amazing employees, to help some fantastic organizations in this area such as Love is Bald, Boardwalk Makeover Group, St.Baldrick’s, Children’s Museum, Pretty in Pink, Be the Match and many more. I look forward to many more volunteer options coming and some already scheduled. I am hoping that this next year fills me with more happiness, self worth, but more importantly can inspire someone else to follow their dreams to step out on a ledge, volunteer your time, and help make a difference. Pay it forward!
There are so many wonderful ideas and plans in progress I can not wait! I have new options coming available to my clients in October, Pleasure Island Day of Hope Project, 19th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival (http://www.facebook.com/events/312057858888842/) and so much more!!
I am looking forward to a very busy 2013 as my dates are getting booked up fast and I am loving my new friends I am making on this journey and appreciate everyone’s support and love .<3