Don't go out and waste your money on pricey toys and candies to fill up goody bags.
"Kids are wowed by the simplest things, so don't overthink and overspend on goody bags," says Woroch. "Find some great items from the dollar store or, if you have time to pre-order, from Oriental Trading Company. You can even just bake a few sweet treats to wrap up and send home with the kiddos."
Set Up Affordable Games & Activities
Games and activities can make or break a kid's birthday party, but they don't have to cost much—or anything at all.
"Don't rule out simple games like dodgeball, freeze tag or even a scavenger hunt," says Rothweiler. "Kids just want to have fun, and fun can be pretty affordable."
If your child is into crafting, have the kids make simple crafts with household items.
"A craft like a milk carton bird feeder is a fun diversion with the added bonus of a built-in party favor," says Kendal Perez, a savings expert with CouponSherpa.com. "You can even ask parents to have their kids bring an egg carton or other primary part of the craft within the invitation."
When choosing which games and activities to run at your child's birthday party, just be sure to consider whether all of the kids on the guest list will be able to participate.
"Guest lists generally include children of differing ages and abilities, so make sure that the activities you choose are suitable for a wide span of developmental levels," says Sharman Johnston, director of curriculum and instruction for Children's Lighthouse Learning Centers.