NEW YORK (MainStreet) — We all want to throw an unforgettable birthday party for our kids, but even when money is tight, you might be tempted to spend more than you can afford to make your child's dreams come true. After all, the other parents in your neighborhood are renting out expensive restaurants, gymnastics studios and gaming centers for their kids' birthdays, so shouldn't you do the same for your little one? Not necessarily. The truth is that you don't have to shell out big bucks to throw an awesome birthday bash that everyone will love—all it takes is some creativity and careful planning.
"We see parents go crazy trying to plan over-the-top parties for their children," says event planner Danielle Rothweiler of Rothweiler Event Design in Verona, N.J. "I like to remind our clients that fun is the number-one priority for kids and that they don't have to go overboard to have an amazing party."
To give you some inspiration on how to keep costs low but the fun factor high, MainStreet asked a variety of party planning experts to share their favorite tricks of the trade. Here's what they had to say.
To avoid overspending on party essentials like balloons, piñatas and tableware, it's a good idea to plan your child's party as far in advance as possible.
"When you're scrambling to buy party goods at the last minute, you tend to spend much more," says Greg Jenkins, a partner at Bravo Productions, an event planning company in Long Beach, Calif.