Unless you’re a professional party planner, you probably face the prospect of organizing your kids’ birthday parties with a groan and a sigh. Where will the party take place? How many children should you invite? What will be the entertainment? And most of all, how much will it all cost ?

The fact is, many great kids’ birthday parties don’t require a lot of fanfare or expense. The trick is to think about the activities your child likes to do and then try to come up with birthday party ideas that can incorporate his interest

Here are some great ideas for how to save money when you’re planning a kids’ birthday party on a budget:

1. Have a separate celebration at school
2. Invite a few friends
3. Design and create your own birthday invitations for the party.
4. Make your own decorations
5. Get creative with food
6. Pick a fun DIY kids’ birthday party theme