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You can throw a kid’s party for cheap, or cheaper, by reading this post. I am no party planning expert, but I am one frugal mama who loves to save money!

So I just threw my son’s first birthday party and it turned out so well! I started putting a lot of thought into his birthday party for the last few months. I tried to find the best way to throw a cute yet memorable party on a tight budget.

I took many suggestions from friends and ended up taking the advice of shopping at the dollar store. I knew I had wanted to do a carnival theme and came up with some amazing ideas from Pinterest.


We got everything from Costco! We did a hot dog bar which made it super fun, cheap and easy. Kids love hot dogs, adults love hot dogs, that was a win win! We bought 48 buns for $5, 48 hot dogs for $25 and a set of bulk condiments for only a few bucks.

I bought $1 popcorn containers at the dollar store that I used for holding chips and popcorn. I made cupcakes using boxed cupcake mix for only $1.


I was able to get everything from the dollar store! Tablecloths, balloons, cups, napkins, plates and utensils. I used small popcorn holders with funky straws and ride tickets. The giant swirl lollipops made perfect part favors and went well with the theme.

Here are some pictures from our successful day:


It is possible to throw an awesome party for cheap!

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