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Part 1 – Making Lists and Checking Them Twice!

I love having themed birthday parties for mychildren. I know there will come a day when they will not want EXTRAvanganttheme birthday parties, so while they are young I will make them big! The bestpart is I don’t have to spend EXTRAordinary amounts of Money!

First, Plan ahead! Plan, plan, plan and plan ahead.Start early and don’t wait till the last minute to throw an EXTRAvagantbirthday party. Sure you can do it but to have the EXTRAordinary savings andhave an incredible EXTRAvagant party you need, NEED to plan ahead. Plan throughoutthe year and keep the party constantly in your mind when shopping and lookingfor ideas.

The best place to start is by making lists. Listswill help you stay organized and help you stay focused on an EXTRAvagantbirthday parties and have EXTRAordinary savings.

Step two: Get a spiral notebook or a paper pad and determinewhat kind of budget will you set for your child’s EXTRAvangant birthday. Thisis so important because once you set it, you will think more clearly how tostay within that Budget and be sure to write it down on paper so it will bealmost like writing it in stone. If you write it down you will more likelystick to it and not go over too much if any!

Step three: Start a list of possible themes. Knowyour child’s interests. To make an EXTRAvagant birthday party for the birthday childchoose a theme they like and can get excited about. Choosing a theme your childis excited will make the whole birthday planning process so much easier for youand you will enjoy the party yourself. Once you have your list of possiblethemes try to narrow it down. Think about what you have around the house youcan possibly use for your child’s EXTRAvagant party.

Step four: Make a list of the general items you knowyou want or need to include in your child’s Extravagant birthday party.  Make a separate list of items you may want toinclude if it can be worked into your budget and can be done in time for theBIG day.

Step five: Now comes the fun and interesting part.Utilize the internet and search for the themes. Get ideas on what you can doyourself and not have to pay for. Seek out Ebay and Amazon for birthdaysupplies that are bundled and cheap. But be sure to take in account forshipping as part of the total cost. is a great resource.

Step six: Let’s go shopping! While you are out besure to keep an eye out for any items you might be able to use. Check theclearance sections, Dollar stores, and Big Lots. Use your imagination and don’tbe afraid to make homemade decorations.

Thanks to God for the blessing of Moms Saving Money and the ability to share with many.


  1. Christine says:

    We had a Justin Beiber themed party for my daughters 7th birthday. Bought a poster of JB and some lip shaped stickers and played pinned the kiss on Justin. Also got some dollar store microphones an he girls all sang along to his cd. Lots of fun!

  2. Also a lot of places will book last minute birthday parties for REAL CHEAP… granted it sucks trying to get invites and RSVP’s in a week or so, but if it saves money, it may be worth it. ..

  3. Sherry @ Family, Love and Other Stuff says:

    Thanks so much for these tips! I always forget to start with a list. My daughter’s birthday is coming up and I will definitely be using these ideas!

  4. Bonnie Caselman says:

    The only thing with planning ahead is not to plan so far in advance that your child’s interests have changed by their birthday. A little girl that’s in love with Justin Beiber today might find him totally uncool in a few months!
    Also, another great place to get party supplies is Oriental Trading Company.

  5. Katrina @ The Interrupting Cow says:

    Great tips, We have been planning birthday parties for a few months, but I haven’t bought anything just because their minds change LOL… If you are ordering enough, Oriental Trading is a good spot (I HATE paying for sipping!), but also, Amazon has some good deals, too!

    Pinterest is an amazing source for inspiration!

  6. marthalynn says:

    This was so great to read! For the past 2 years I’ve waited until the last minute to plan my son’s party and ended up paying way too much. This year I’m starting early! Thanks for sharing such great tips.

  7. Chelsea Klassen says:

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Colleen Boudreau says:

    Awesome!! Thank you. :)

  9. Sharon Siqueiros says:

    I don’t have children or grandchildren but these sound like great tips!! I was going to suggest Oriental Trading also, they seem to have lots of fun stuff. Even our local dollar stores have all kinds of cool party supplies

  10. If you plan far enough ahead you can keep your eye out at dollar stores for party supplies. heir inventory often changes so sometmes you can find great deals

  11. Gina Brickell says:

    I have like zero creativity. As long as I can go on a site like pinterest and it spells out exactly how to make it, I can probably use these tip! I just don’t see spending sooooo much on a child’s party. I would like to have a party for my son this year turning 6 and I really am NOT going to spend that much. I’m going to take your advice and do as much as I can on my own.

  12. Good tips! Planning ahead is key. I had not thought about keeping a notebook.

  13. My kids are 30 and 22 so I’m lucky if I even see them on their birthday but I do remember the parties well. Good tips!


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