Budget birthday parties

Like $400 shoes, five-star vacations and family dinners at Peter Luger, lavish birthday parties border on the indecent during a recession. So celebrate without the splurge: This guide will keep your budget-and your rep-on track.

Invitations
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Invitations

First on your to-do list-get the word out. If you prefer paper, you can choose from a number of affordable selections requiring ...

Cakes
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Cakes

Here's how to ensure a sweet ending to the celebration, whether you buy it, bake it, or B.S. your way through it with a ...

Favors
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Favors

Parents frown on them, kids obsess over them. Wherever you stand on the goody-bag continuum, here are some cheap and cheerful options.

Venues
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Venues

Your site selection will influence your choice of food and decor. Read on for sanity-saving ideas...wherever the party takes you.

Entertainment
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Entertainment

Once you've assembled your sweetie's bestest friends, what are you going to do with them? Creative-minded parents can plan simple ...

Decor and more
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Decor and more

Check out the best local and online sources for balloons, piatas, paper goods, decorations, favors and more.

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