There’s a lot of pomp and high expectations that come with birthday planning. It doesn’t matter that the celebrant is a child who may or may not appreciate all the effort that goes into the whole ordeal. Still, parents want to give their beloved the best party they can plan.

What if you could have a birthday party that the celebrant will actually enjoy without you having to spend so much on it? That might just be possible if you do the following.

Get Your Child’s Opinion

The party is for them, so you might as well involve them in the planning. Of course, no one expects a child to know all the intricate details of event planning, but they will know what they want their party to look like.

Ask them about the kind of cake they want, and if it’s not that hard, you can save money by baking it yourself. They can also help you come up with a theme, which will be important when you’re on the phone with a party table rental company deciding on how you’ll dress it up.

Even the selection of the venue will be easier if you know what your child expects from the party. Utah has all sorts of party venues, and your backyard can even be an option if you’ve been blessed with an easy child.

Prepare DIY Party Favors

Gift with a thank you cardChildren expect fun when they’re attending a party, and the loot bag they take home with them doesn’t have to be over-the-top expensive. In fact, their parents will thank you for putting together a reasonable party favor so that they won’t feel like they have to match the money you spent when it’s their turn to hold a birthday party for their child.

Toddlers are also easy to please, and they’re blissfully unaware of the concept of price tags. You and your kid can DIY thank-you cards, mix a couple of treats, and that’s it. Just make sure they won’t make a mess at home (glitters are an absolute no) and keep a couple of extra bags for the unplanned visitors. You don’t want a crying child coming home empty-handed.

Trim the Guest List

For parents, a children’s party may quickly turn into a popularity contest. It’s not your child who wants an extensive guest list; it’s you, trying to impress the other parents. Here’s what you should remember: other parents have financial struggles, too. And they might worry about their kid coming home after having too much cake or wanting a party as elaborate as what you had planned.

It’s perfectly okay to keep the guest list short, inviting only your child’s closest friends instead of the whole school. This is especially recommended if you’re celebrating at a place that charges per head, as additional guests will easily be a burden on your wallet.

It’s easy to lose your focus when faced with stressful party planning decisions. Instead of planning an event that aims to please everyone, focus on giving your child a memorable birthday.