Throw a Birthday Party for Under $100
We’ve already thrown budget parties for Memorial Day and 4th of July, and since we’re both summer babies, we’re turning our attention to the ever-important birthday tradition. With Jess’s birthday at the end of this month, we’re throwing a birthday party (for under $100)!
Our last couple of parties were outdoors, but we know not everyone in the city has outdoor space (understatement), so we’re keeping this birthday party indoors and in the cool breeze of the AC.
You GOTTA have great birthday decorations, right? While we might have kept it simple for our patriotic-themed parties, we want to go a little bit more all out (and colorful) for this birthday party.
- Giant Number Balloons – 2 at $9.99 each (from Party City) = $19.98
- Colorful Decorating Kit – 1 kit (comes with garland, 17 hanging decorations) at $9.99 each = $9.99
- Silver Balloons – 1 package of 12″ balloons (15 count) at $3.99 each (from Party City) = $3.99
Decorating tip: The kit gives you lots of different options when it comes to decorating, and is usually cheaper than buying every item separately. The number balloons are a definite splurge, but they’re a simple way to give it a customized touch for the birthday girl.
Decorations Total: $33.96
Food & Drink
We’re starting our party a little later at night (around 830 pm ish), so we’ll skip serving dinner and go straight to dessert! Birthdays are all about cake and drinks, anyway, right?
To bring a little bit of summer inside, I’ll be making this s’mores cake! I have most of the ingredients on hand (and you probably do, too), so I’ll only need to pick up a few things.
- Graham Crackers – 1 box at $3 each (from Walmart) = $3
- Marshmallow Cream – 1 container (7 oz.) at $1.28 each (from Walmart) = $1.28
- Glitter Birthday Candles – 1 pack (24 count) at $1.99 each (from Party City) = $1.99
Melt chocolate. Use a fork to dunk oreos in the melted chocolate (or use your hands and only dip half of each Oreo). Once covered in chocolate, roll/dip Oreos in sprinkles.
- Oreos – 1 box (14.3 oz.) at $2.98 each (from Walmart) = $2.98
- Wilton Candy Melts, White – 1 bag (12 oz.) at $2.47 each (from Walmart) = $2.47
- Wilton Rainbow Nonpareils (sprinkles) – 1 container (7.5 oz) at $3.69 each (from Walmart) = $3.69
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Milk Chocolate Chips – 1 bag (11.5 oz.) at $2.38 each (from Walmart) = $2.38
- Strawberries – 1 container (32 oz.) at $6.98 each (from Shoprite) = $6.98
Gotta have one salty snack to balance out all the sweets, right? Homemade popcorn is easy to make for a crowd and a super cheap option! Heat kernels on medium in a thin layer of oil (I usually use vegetable oil and a 4 quart saucepan) – make sure the lid is on. Once they start popping, shake the pan around until they stop popping. Pour in a large bowl. Add butter and salt to taste.
- Popcorn Kernels – 1 bag (32 oz.) at $1.94 each (from Walmart) = $1.94
You HAVE to have champagne for birthdays! We’re grabbing a couple bottles for the group (hello, birthday toast), and will have our friends bring bottles of wine. Everyone will share, and there’ll be plenty to go around.
- Freixenet Cordon Negro Extra Dry – 2 bottles (750 mL each) at $14.99 each (from Fine Wine & Good Spirits) = $29.98
Champagne Tip: Freixenet is a great affordable brand of champagne. They have a lot of varieties, for whatever strikes your fancy!
Food & Drink Total: $56.69
Misc Party Supplies
We’re definitely going to re-use the leftover cutlery, napkins and cups from our last parties. We’re also adding in some yellow supplies to shake up the patriotic color palette.
- Yellow Paper Party Plates – 2 packs (20 in each pack) at $1 each (from Dollar Tree) = $2
- Yellow Party Cups – 4 packs of 9 oz. cups (12 in each pack) at $1 each (from Dollar Tree) = $4
Note: Dollar Tree has minimums when you order online, so we recommend buying in-store.
Misc Party Supplies Total: $6
You know we’re totally cool with letting the flow of the party happen on it’s own, but if you want something a little more structured, we love group games. Apples to Apples and the more scandalous version, Cards Against Humanity, are great party games. We also love (and I own) Catchphrase.
Don’t forget about traditional party (drinking) games, like flip cup and beer pong, although these can get a little messy for an indoor soiree!
Party Total: $96.65
BUDGET PARTY GENERAL TIPS
- Make it a pot luck! The easiest way to cut down on food costs is to have everyone bring their favorite dish.
- Don’t hesitate to take your friends up on their offers to bring something, or come early to help set up, etc. Every little bit helps when you’re throwing a party! And every item you don’t have to buy yourself means more money in your pocket.
- Keep it simple. We know you want to go all out with the decorations, themed food and drinks, but keeping it simple will keep costs down. If you absolutely have to, pick one area to go crazy and simplify everything else.
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Prices are not guaranteed. Pricing in this post reflects prices found online at the time of the post and does not include tax.