Birthday parties don’t have to cost a fortune. You can throw a great party on a $100 or less budget. With only 3 weeks until my daughter’s 8th birthday, she decided she wanted a party. We haven’t had a party for her in about 3 years. During the summer many families are busy or away on vacation so no one ever showed up or even RSVP’d. We needed to plan a last minute party and it had to be budget friendly since it wasn’t a planned event. Below see how we did a Mermaid Birthday Theme on a Budget.
Mermaid Birthday Theme on a Budget
Having a party in our apartment wasn’t really an option. It is small, even for just a few kids and probably a parent or two. The party needed to be somewhere other than our place. Since we aren’t close to a beach, we decided that the local splash pad would be perfect. A place where they could run around and scream and I don’t have to worry. When it comes to eating the cupcakes, we will return to our apartment for a short time before the party ends.
We decided on the number of kids (5) and I created 5 invites using Canva. I contacted a few of the parents I know and the others were hand delivered. There were a few more than 5 invited and only 4 showed up.
Most of the invites were hand delivered when we saw the kids in the neighbourhood. I sent a few invites through texting the parents and one Facebook message.
- Party size Pizza $24.95
- chips $2
- juice and water
The cupcakes will be made with ingredients I already have on hand. We had Cherry juice crystals and filled up a jug and froze overnight so it would stay cold while at the park.
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I purchased a mermaid decorations package for $26.99 from Amazon that included 39 pieces. These will be used to decorate the table with the cake.
We also created some Mermaid Tails with paper so that we had a little something to add to the table. The morning of my daughters birthday there were balloons and DIY streamers and mermaid tails hanging from the bedroom door.
Dollar Tree Item
- tablecloth $1
- plates $1
- candy for loot jars $5
- cups $1
- birthday candle $1
- sponges $1
At first, we decided against doing loot bags. Most items for the bags are small and I find them to be a bit cheap. The kids may play with them for a few minutes and that’s it. When we went to Dollar Tree, I decided we would do DIY Loot Jars like I had in the past. We would just put a few candies in the jars and put a label on it.
We spent about 2 hours at the park splashing around and having fun. There were only a few others in the park so it wasn’t overcrowded. It was a perfect day, we all had a great time.
Do you do themes for the birthdays you celebrate? Do you do them on a budget?