or Connect
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Natural Living › The Mindful Home › Frugality & Finances › How much do you spend on your child's birthday?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

How much do you spend on your child's birthday?

Poll Results: How much do you typically spend on your child's birthday? (gifts, cake, party or whatever you do)

  • 0% (1)
  • 19% (30)
    $1- $50
  • 21% (33)
    $51- $99
  • 22% (35)
    $100- $200
  • 11% (18)
    $201- $300
  • 7% (12)
    $301- $400
  • 3% (5)
    $401- $500
  • 0% (1)
    $501- $600
  • 0% (1)
    $$601- $700
  • 0% (0)
    $701- $800
  • 0% (0)
    $801- $900
  • 0% (0)
    $901- $1,000
  • 1% (2)
    $1,000 - $3,000
  • 0% (1)
    More than $3,000
  • 8% (13)
    It varies too much from year to year to vote for one option
  • 1% (2)
    I don't keep track of birthday spending
154 Total Votes  
post #1 of 53
Thread Starter 

Dd's birthday is coming up and I wondered how much others spend on birthdays- gifts, parties or whatever else you do.

Going to post a poll but feel free to post details of your birthday budgeting..

post #2 of 53

We spend under $50 for the party in total and then another $30 for gifts.  Our families SPOIL my children with gifts, so we go easy on them for our pocketbook's sake and our play room too.

post #3 of 53

I voted $1-50, but sometimes we spend in the $51-100 category.


My kids are all elementary school aged.  Every year they have a friends' party as well as a family party (extended family).  For the most part, my kids already have SO MANY toys and more possessions than they need.  So we try to keep gifts reasonable.  2 of my children recently celebrated birthdays.  We bought my 10 year old a new skateboard & new wheels ($25).  My 7yo got her ears pierced (which ended up being $80 including tip). 


They both had home birthday parties. There wasn't much added expense for the parties.  We don't buy paper plates or give out birthday gift bags.  All of the decorations are homemade (we make birthday banners for the kids out of butcher paper).  The only extra expense would be for food, we serve whatever the birthday kid wants to eat and make a homemade cake. 

post #4 of 53

Including party, gifts and everything... I voted $200-300. But he's an only child and we spoil him rotten on birthdays and holidays (and every day that ends in "y" lol.gif ). That may change if we have another baby... might have to re-think where all our money gets spent winky.gif

post #5 of 53

Around $80-90.


Usually one 'big' (~$40) present from me and daddy (example- DS is getting a mini- wheelbarrow for his 2nd bday soon). Then around $40 on cake, party foods, balloons, etc. We always just do the parties in our own living room so no rental fees. Also, invites are expensive, so the past couple years, I have started buying blank note cards and filling them in as party invites.


If we didn't have a huge extended family that spoiled my kids rotten, I would def spend more on presents, but they get way over-toyed as it is, so we only buy them one present each.

post #6 of 53

About $200. My DD is turning five in two weeks. We spent $150 for the party at the Children's Gym (15 kids) and will spend some $$ on cake, juice, party favors. That will basically be our present to her plus cards and a small cake at home. This will be her first "big" party.

post #7 of 53
I voted 1-50. Other years we have gone out to eat so it has been a bit more, but this year we stayed in. We ate hotdogs and chips. We roasted the dogs in the fireplace. Cake made from scratch so super cheap. A couple small gifts. We also set up the tent in the living room and watched a thomas movie inside it. DS loved that. Dh and ds slept in the tent that night.

His birthday is right before christmas so he is always getting so much stuff around that time of year. I don't worry so much about gifts, just about making it special. If I ever do a party it won't be till he's older and if he wants one. I grew up with family birthdays at home and always found them to be wonderful.
post #8 of 53

Mine are younger but each year has been different. For DD1's first birthday we spent around 40 and another maybe 30 on decorations for the house, second was probably 100ish, third was around 100 as well, fourth probably closer to 200 since I bought more instead of making it.. DD2's first birthday probably 20-30, second around 100ish or so.


We are the only ones that get our girls presents so whatever they get at their birthdays come from us. I think for her 2nd birthday my oldest might have gotten something from her great grandparents but it was addressed to both girls so I don't really count it (since it wasn't meant just for DD1.. Im glad she was young enough where she didn't mind sharing with her special gift. her sister).

post #9 of 53

I voted 301 to 400. DS is 18 months so he's only had one birthday so far but I'm starting to tentatively plan his 2nd and we will likely spend in that range on it again (this includes his gift, invitations, decorations, games for the kids, food, cake, favors.) We like theme parties and I make most of the stuff myself. It's cheaper that way but it means I have to start planning months in advance. Last years theme was Very Hungry Caterpillar and this year we're doing a woodland picnic. I imagine how we budget for them will change as he gets older... I prefer having his parties at home but as he gets older he might request something different. We are fortunate to have very indulgent grandparents on both sides. We stick to one gift from us to avoid toy/stuff overload.    

post #10 of 53

I voted 200-300. We have an only child and we have a party at home with both sides of the family and some friends. It's a lot of people so we spend about 100-150 on food and drinks (all non-alcoholic). We don't hire entertainment and don't give out goody bags (which makes everyone crazy). I even had someone stand there just staring at me waiting for their kids goody bag for a couple of minutes before I realized that's what they were waiting for and I had to kind of say again .. well thanks for coming and that's it. We don't buy any paper products. We got lots of reusable plastic plates and cups on freecycle. They don't match but I don't care. We also only serve finger food and have cupcakes instead of cake so there is no need for silverware. My limit for presents is $100 but I've never spent that much. 

post #11 of 53

I voted it varies.


We've done everything from small, quiet parties at home to kid filled parties at a go-kart track and everything in between.  My oldest will be turning 9 in a few months and I think we'll be having a larger kid party and then a small family party at home.  He's getting a bike and maybe some clothes from us, so not a ton of presents. 


My younger son is a bit easier, he's got a summer birthday so we can have his parties outside, cheaper and easier for cleanup and entertainment.

post #12 of 53

It varies for us, we don't do a first or second birthday party other than family get together with cake and presents. So that would be under $100. But now that they're older we spend close to $400.

post #13 of 53

I voted: $51-99


We host parties at our home

We send out e-vites or handmade invites 

We buy one gift for the birthday child ($20 range)

We have a party activity that doubles as a party favor, usually felt crowns ($25)

We re-use decorations from previous years or I'll make new ones

We serve a simple meal, the birthday child chooses the menu 

I make all the food and the cake ($45-50)


Birthdays are special and we try and make them meaningful because of the traditions rather than the presents.

post #14 of 53

I chose 200-300 for this year.

DD is turning two, and we're having a joint birthday party with her best friend, who is also turning two. 

The party is next week!  How I'd LOVE to be able to do it in the park, but winter weather, so no.

We've rented out a local family resource centre (both our apartments are SMALL), so that's $75

I got invitations made: $40

Doll and carrier as gift: $50 (Got a 50% off coupon on Ethical Deals!!!)

Food for party ... we're making everything (including cake): $60?

We're doing a fundraiser for the food bank instead of presents (we'll give her the doll and carrier before the party).

Craft supplies and ECE circle time lady included in the cost of the rental.

post #15 of 53

I voted it varies.  We have done the big, invite the whole class, party planner route and we done the invite a couple close friends and go somewhere really cool route. We alwasy have a small family part on his actual b-day but that is just part of our weekly budget, never have factored the cost of that.


Last year it was probably $500, maybe $600. I have a "holiday" line on my budget and that where B-days go.


We did a "Surfing" party- 15 kids, at our home. Basically a pool party with a surfing theme. Select kids (w/ parents and siblings-probably 20 people in total) were invited to the after party/BBQ which is why the cost was so high.  I rolled the cost of the night time entertaining into the total. The party itself (invites, favors, pinata, games, cake, etc) cost maybe $250 of which $100 was for the lifeguard.



post #16 of 53


Originally Posted by HollyBearsMom View Post


We did a "Surfing" party- 15 kids, at our home. Basically a pool party with a surfing theme. Select kids (w/ parents and siblings-probably 20 people in total) were invited to the after party/BBQ which is why the cost was so high.  I rolled the cost of the night time entertaining into the total. The party itself (invites, favors, pinata, games, cake, etc) cost maybe $250 of which $100 was for the lifeguard.




What a fun theme! Sounds like it was a blast thumb.gif

post #17 of 53

Ours has really varied.  The first year we had to buy all the basics (serving pieces, etc) so that was a bit more.  I'd say on average we spend about $300-400.  But, I always invite the entire family of kids and feed everyone a meal.  I think the most I spent was about $2000 but we took all the families to a really cool kids concert and fed them (catered).

post #18 of 53

Ours varies considerably.  We rarely do parties and have no family within 3000 miles so they are pretty low key.  We have done small parties at places 3ish times for each child in their 17, 14 and 12 years.  We always do a family dinner at their choice of restaurant and they are allowed to bring a friend.  This year for my dd's birthday she traded in any gathering ($25 bowling with friends with coupon) for a date with her dad to Cirque de Solei.  I think she made a good decision.  It's the most we've spent ($70 a ticket;it's their small show I think), but she'll remember it forever.

post #19 of 53
For Jude's birthday we had a party at my in-laws' backyard. They have several outdoor tables for us to use. I got a few yards of sheer rainbow fabric and put those over some light blue, light green, and light orange gingham table cloths that they had. It looked really cute. I also put a vase of flowers and a pitcher of water on each table. Each vase was different and very colorfull. They also had some plastic plates and utensils for us to use so we didn't have to buy disposables. There was only water to drink, so no soda or juice. Cheap and healthier. smile.gif For food we made veggie burgers, guacamole, salsa, chips, and had a veggie platter with dip. I made a date cake with homemade frosting (basic powdered sugar & milk frosting but with some cinnamon added to it...yum!). It was so nice and colorful but not expensive at all...$50 maybe and that was mostly for the food for over 20 people.
post #20 of 53
I voted $500, but I wouldn't say that is accurate for each of my children. It depends on what their party entails (as well as celebrations on their actual b-day if it's not the same day as the party). Last year, we spent more than that for DD when she turned 9, but that's b/c she had a little party with a few friends, gifts, and then we were in California for her b-day. If you count a day at a theme park and dinner at benihanas, it's adds up to even more.

This year my kids each want parties and iPod touches (which are $200 each). I have four kids and they all happen to have b-days within 30 days of each other (kinda crazy time of year, but what can you do). Right now I have $400 for each budgeted - hopefully I can stick to that, or even convince my two that have b-days 2 days apart to share a party, even though they are 4 years apart.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Frugality & Finances
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Natural Living › The Mindful Home › Frugality & Finances › How much do you spend on your child's birthday?