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    Maybe $100-$200 but DS birthday parties are always very small with just mil, fil, sil and my mum, dad and sister. Usually just bit of food and cake at home. For DS 2nd birthday I spent a load of money and no one showed up so I gave up spending so much.

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    DD1 had a mcdonalds party that cost $120 her cake i made prob cost $15 in ingredients and we did partybags prob $40
    So under $200easily.

    My kids only have a party every 2nd year.

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    I recently had a party for DDs 4th and DSs 1st birthdays (combined). Our house is too small so we used a venue. We had about 55 people in total and the kids all did a pizza-making activity which was their lunch. It cost about $700 all up. The venue doesn't charge for room hire or a minimum spend. I made the cake myself and probably spent about $50 on materials for it.

    We won't do a big party every year, we usually just do a picnic or lunch with family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blissfulfairy View Post
    I would spend about $200 for a combined party at home. This year my cousin made the cake but last year I spent $140 on 2 cakes. The last 2 years we have done the same thing.
    We have about 40 family (mostly adults).... Crackers and dip. Fairy bread. Fruit. Pizzas. Cake. Party decorations of course.

    Next year will be similar - probably combined for all 3 since they are within 2 weeks. I think ds will get his first "friends" party aswell, and it will either be at a park or bowling (as bowling is only $16pp with no minimim number!)
    Wow $200 I need all ur tips? Do u do themed parties? What games etc. I wanted to hire a jumpy castle for dds party which is $300 alone . and want to do a rainbow theme but decorations alone look set to cost a packet

    Any cost cutting tips welcome!!

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    Default How much do you spend on your kids birthday parties?

    It varies so much depending on what age, what they want & what I can afford.
    so far the cheapest was dd1 McDonald's party at $150 the most was $700ish and that was dd2's 6th birthday at home but $300 was for the giant bouncy castle

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    Default How much do you spend on your kids birthday parties?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoThisIsLove View Post
    Wow $200 I need all ur tips? Do u do themed parties? What games etc. I wanted to hire a jumpy castle for dds party which is $300 alone . and want to do a rainbow theme but decorations alone look set to cost a packet

    Any cost cutting tips welcome!!
    I bought this 4 years ago for $199 from target - cheaper than hiring a jumping castle and best thing ever for parties , we use it every weekend in summer , I've had babies to 12 year olds on it ( you can use it just as a slide if you don't want water and make the bottom a ball pit for babies/toddlers)

    http://www.target.com.au/p/action-ai...-pool/57386171

    I also went halves with my sister and we bought all the jars/tongs/tables to make our own lolly buffet for all our parties, there are heaps of wholesale stores to buy bulk lollies and we just decorate it in the theme of the parties
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    DD just had her party. It was $200 for 2 hours of an inflatables course all set up for us and kids supervised etc. $80 for a face painter/balloon twister and $185 for the cake. So $485 plus food and drinks etc. We always have a big party, every year. I know it might seem crazy to some people but birthday's are exciting and that's just how we do them. Always have to have a beautiful cake too, every year DD chooses a theme or character and the cake maker does an incredible job. Lots of fantastic birthday memories and photo's to look back on. Its a special occasion to our family that only comes around once a year 😊 Its always lovely to have all of our family and friends together too, its always a fun day.
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    Probably $200-500. In my head it's $200 but if I did a tally at the end it would be $500.

    I just planning DD1s 4th birthday now. I make the cake myself so save money there. It was a play centre last year, this year it will be at home. We have also bought a target jumping castle and I do think it's good value for money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoThisIsLove View Post
    Wow $200 I need all ur tips? Do u do themed parties? What games etc. I wanted to hire a jumpy castle for dds party which is $300 alone . and want to do a rainbow theme but decorations alone look set to cost a packet

    Any cost cutting tips welcome!!
    I do a basic theme.. this year was rainbow/colorful. I normally buy basic decorations from cheap shop but this year I found stuff at Woollies. So I spent no more than $20 on plates, napkins, plastic table cloth. Reused a birthday banner. Bought a $3 packet of balloons. Reused platter trays we already had. I don'tgo crazy with a theme, just tie it all in together. I made the food rainbow too.. fruit kebabs etc.

    Food for platters was $50-70. Pizzas were $5 each so that was $40.

    Mostly adults at our parties (30ish adults + 9 kids but my 4yo & 2 9yo the rest under 2) i dont plan games. People eat lunch and chat and play with the kids. And byo drinks..

    Weve done the same thing since ds was born, although his first bday we did bbq instead of pizzas, and his 2nd was held at a park.

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    My son had his 5th birthday party over the weekend - and the party alone cost around the $1500 mark. but in saying that... About $400 was spent on buying trestle tables/chairs and a patio heater as im sick of hiring them.... So I will drop that figure down to $1100. We had about 45 guests and had a kids party followed by an early dinner - so there was party food and then a really lovely smorgasbord for dinner. We also put on a fair amount of alcohol etc. I love dessert bars so that's always a bit if an exxy addition and I spend way too much on decorations (eg: I had placemats made up for the party which were $70 alone) and I love a good quality, non lolly party favour (this year was a footy party so the favour for each child was a sports drink bottle with a small pack of smarties inside which was $6.50pp and with 20 kids adds up pretty quickly.) By the time you add in a cake which I normally outsource for about $200, my $1000 budget gets blown pretty quickly.... Then we budget about $500 for birthday pressies... The joys of being an only child!!! I'm sure some people will look at that and think it's excessive but some of my favourite childhood memories are of my birthday parties and my cultural background creates a panic in me that no-one is allowed to keave my house without over flowingly full bellies!
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