Oh, Baby: Birthday on a Budget

Oh, Baby: Birthday on a Budget




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Your baby is growing, and you want to celebrate the last year and welcome the new — but you want to do it on a budget. It doesn’t have to be a stressful event! There are plenty of ways for you to throw your little one a great birthday party without breaking the bank. My Vinyl Cut invites you to explore some budget-friendly strategies for celebrating your child’s birthday at home.

Electronic save-the-dates

If you want to send messages to let your child’s friends, their families, and your own family members know about your little one’s upcoming party, consider sending them using email or social media. A lot of parents are still sending paper invitations, which may carry a not-so-cheap price in the long run. However, if you take that idea and instead send digital invites, using either Facebook or an e-card website, you can not only save time, money, and headaches — you can also rest easy knowing your cards are environmentally friendly.


Divide the day’s activities into two categories: crafts or games. There are plenty of ways to personalize the day by engaging the kids in different activities. You can have T-shirts made with fun slogans for your young one! If you’re feeling up for it, you can use T-shirt making or tie-dying part of the fun on the big day. 


Another thing to think about is creating a craft activity that the kids can take home with them. Tie-dying shirts is one option; you could also create layered cookie mixes in jars, papercrafts, or your own play-dough! You can also turn the snack or meal of the day into an activity by having the kids help you make it. This can be a lot of fun for them! For instance, you can make these easy peanut butter and apple roll-ups. Supply each child with their own tortilla, cut up the apples beforehand, and let them enjoy making their own meal!

Find supplies

When looking for budget-friendly birthday party supplies, you can find online coupon codes, in-store offers, and cashback opportunities that will help you save money at big retailer places like Target. These supplies don’t have to be fancy in any way; paper tablecloths, brightly colored plasticware and drinkware, and small games like pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey are easy to obtain and easier to dispose of. You can also find cake mixes on the cheap and bake your own cake, instead of spending up to $50 on a cake at your local bakery. Use the most local bakery available — your own kitchen!

Get creative with your yard

Letting the community know about exciting events used to be relegated to the newspaper. However, there are plenty of other ways to get the word out into the neighborhood about your child’s birthday. This includes yard art! These are neat decals, balloons, or wooden signs that you can have installed in your yard the night before the event, with customized messages.

Put the finishing touches on your child’s big day

With all of these frugal tips, you are well on your way to enjoying an at-home birthday party without breaking the bank. The biggest thing to remember is: Have fun! When you’re enjoying yourself, your child will, too — be kind, be patient, and be happy in knowing you are celebrating your child turning one year older.


Are you ready to throw your child the best at-home birthday party? Check out the yard art solutions at My Vinyl Cut for ideas and tricks for making your kid’s birthday the best one yet.

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