birthday party on a budget

Kids’ birthday parties are some of the fondest memories in most people’s lives, and for the most part, the recipe is simple: a little bit of fun, a little bit of cake, and all the kids are happy. But for parents planning the celebration, things can get a little bit trickier, especially when it comes to feeding the whole crew.

Creating the right food shopping list, a plan for serving up tasty but economical food choices and being smart about where you buy your food can help make sure the party’s a smash success, without breaking the bank.

Check out our suggestions for kid-friendly, budget-friendly birthday party foods.

Chicken drumsticks

Chicken legs are the perfect party food. Not only are they delicious, they’re also usually cheaper than breasts are in the supermarket. If it’s nice outside, fire up the grill and toss on some drumsticks while the kids play games and run around. Or, find an easy recipe for juicy, oven-baked wings and drumsticks that will please the entire party.

When they’ve worked up a good appetite, kids can sit down and enjoy a lunch that fits right in the palm of their hand. Jazz up the meat with a little barbecue sauce, and use paper plates for easy clean-up. 

Make your own dip

Dips are one of the easiest, tastiest things to make on your own at home. Head to your local grocery store, and stock up on all of your favorite bases, such as cream cheese, cheddar and sour cream. When you get home, have fun mixing them up into whichever flavors fit your fancy. Making your own dip is also a good chance to sneak in some vegetables for pickier eaters. When broccoli and spinach are mixed up with so many other delicious flavors, kids won’t even realize they’re getting a full serving of veggies!

Fresh fruits

When you create your shopping list for the party, make sure that there’s some fresh fruit on there. It’s a healthy way for a kid to indulge a sweet tooth, and you don’t have to worry about all the added sugar that can come from eating too much candy. Plus, it tastes great and keeps well in the fridge for whenever you need it. On a budget? Watermelon is the ideal cost-friendly party fruit, as they are huge, inexpensive and serve a whole bunch of people at once. Cut it up into wedges and let the kids dig in!

Ready to get shopping? Especially when you’re buying for a crowd, knowing where your items are cheapest is essential! Download the OurCart app to create a smart grocery list that tells you which of your local stores has the best deal on everything on your list. In a time crunch? We’ll let you know where to go to get the best value for your whole cart.

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