Children born in January sometimes get the short end of the stick when it comes to their birthday parties. Relatives will often send them joint birthday and Christmas presents, and parents have to scramble to throw them a decent party when funds are low after being depleted over the holidays. Many a child has asked for Super Mario party supplies and a Super Mario themed party but had to settle for Sponge Bob party supplies that happened to be on sale. Children with birthdays in January often feel a little neglected on their birthdays, so it’s very important for parents to put forth some extra effort to make sure they feel still special when they turn another year older. If your child was born in January, there are a few things you can do to ensure that he or she has a birthday party to remember this year. Here are three of them
1. Spend a little extra money on the party favors and food, and plan to budget more in February.
You may already be budgeting because of all your December expenditures, but you should think about putting off adhering to a strict budget until February. Children’s birthday parties don’t have to cost a whole lot of money, so you shouldn’t have to suffer too much in February.
2. Plan a simple but fun party at home.
This will save you some money, and the kids can have as much fun at your house as they could at an ice skating rink. Just make sure you have plenty of games available for them to play and party supplies that you know will delight your birthday boy or girl.
3. Have the kids make their own party favors.
This will keep them occupied and save you some cash to use on buying your child’s birthday present. For instance, the kids at the party could make their own Play-Doh
with flour, water, salt, and vegetable oil. Or, if you’re throwing a party for older girls (ages 8 to 12), they could make their own jewelry.
Remember that the party doesn’t need to be extravagant to be a hit. Just take some time to plan the party out, and your child won’t feel overshadowed by the holidays!
Guest Author’s Bio: Lisa is a guest blogger on the topics of parenting on a budget, early childhood education, and marriage.