How to save money planning your child’s birthday party

A.J. eating his 1st birthday cupcake

A.J.’s second birthday is less than two months away and I’m trying to get a lot of details squared away so I’m not swamped at the last minute. His first birthday party was low-key because we hosted it at home with a cookout. Thank goodness the Atlanta weather warmed up for the weekend.

This year I’d like to do things a bit differently because he’s quite active. He has a few more friends from pre-school and play dates who we would like to invite so we won’t be hosting the party at home.

Here are some links to Atlanta venue suggestions and discount offers on decorations to help you plan your little one’s birthday party.

Birthday Party Venues

Of course, having an at-home birthday party keeps costs low. But you can find unique venues and activities to host your child’s birthday party that cost little to no money. Consider asking your church or house of worship if you can use an activity room or playground. Host the party at a neighborhood park in the Spring or at a public pool in the Summer.

Three Mommy Talk Show location sponsors host on-site birthday parties and events for a fee.

  1. Main Street School of Art in Downtown Tucker hosts art painting parties
  2. Bean Work Play Cafe in Decatur (this is where we are hosting A.J.’s 2nd birthday party)
  3. 5Continents Gallery in Buckhead features art work, furniture and jewelry from around the world
  4. HippoHopp has Atlanta and Duluth locations that offer healthy menu options and indoor play

Living Social has an Atlanta families section of deals to dance schools and art schools that host birthday parties. The deals are always changing so sign up to get Living Social deals e-mailed to you.

Coupon Codes & Discounts for Decorations 

Once you’ve picked a date for your child’s birthday party and booked a venue, you’ll need to pick a theme with coordinating birthday party decorations.

Join the Melissa & Doug Treasured Toy & Birthday Club & receive 10% Off Your Next Order! & 15% Off Orders Placed During Your Birthday Month .

Melissa & Doug Birthday Club
Save up to 40% on party supplies from Birthday in a Box with themes under $25.

Parties under $100
By July 1, 2012 use the coupon code: MOMTALK2012 at Squared Party Printables custom do-it-yourself themed party decorations and invitations.

Disclaimer: This post includes links from sponsors and affiliates.

About Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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