With my daughter's birthday fast approaching and lots of little friends parties coming up too it seems like we have party fever here!! I've been having fun looking at a lot of stuff online and at the store. Here are few fun things I've found out:
For all the basics check out http://www.birthdayexpress.com/ their clearance is 50% off right now - they carry almost everything. I've ordered a few times and no unexpected fees. Some stuff can't be shipped over the border so be careful when ordering. There's 4 sites running out of that site so lots to choose from and it can all go on the same order. They've lowered the shipping costs to Canada too!
For loot bags or little gifts BJ supertoys has some great stuff - found neat things for a few friends parties. Lots of their stuff is 20 cents or 25 cents...a lot cheaper than going to the dollar store. You can get a pack of bouncy balls for 1.25, a pack of 5 pull back race cars for 1.25 and so on...lots of neat possibilities.
Another neat thing I found is Cindy at http://www.dressupandplayparties.com/ My daughter has no idea this will be happening for her birthday! I'll be posting up and letting you guys know how it went! Looks like it should be a lot of fun, can't wait to see the kids reactions!
I also ordered a cake from a local lady - will let you guys know that too, her prices are very reasonable and her portfolio is awesome!
I really, really wanted to get pony rides but with this weather it seemed a bit crazy to book something like that. Might just do that for a fun surprise for all the kids in the summer! I looked at some prices and if you have a bunch of kids it's cheaper to get them to come to your house than at at professional riding place!
I also bought the helium balloon kit at Michaels - yay for the 40% off coupon!
It's fun having so many parties around the same time - can reuse and share a lot of the stuff! Great way to cut costs! I was super lucky to pick up bowling passes for everyone on TeamBuy - 2$ per person is awesome!
What are your ways to save money with birthday parties? Any good tips? And what are the things you did or ordered that were the biggest crowd pleasers with the kids? The one thing we are stuck on is what to serve for dinner...what are some good suggestions that the kids and parents will all like - that doesn't require too much work since we'd be pretty busy that day.