Plan a Birthday Party for Your Child for Under $100

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Birthdays are special. Do you want to celebrate your child’s big day in style but can’t spend a fortune on one of the mainstream party venues in Spartanburg? Believe it or not, you can throw a birthday party for your child for $100 or less! Here’s our list of inexpensive birthday parties in Spartanburg (for even more ideas see our ultimate guide to birthday parties in Spartanburg).

Ten great birthday party ideas that won’t break the bank

Outdoor Ideas  – Rent a space at a local park

Tyger River Park, located in Duncan, has picnic shelters that rent at the starting price of $75 for three hours of time.  Not only is there a fabulous state-of-the-art playground area, but the splash pad is open in the spring and summer, too.  Not the time of year to get wet?  Besides the free playground, you can rent an hour inside the batting cages for an additional $25.

Cleveland Park, located off of Asheville Hwy, is another great local park option.  The Birthday Pavillion rents for $50 for four hours and the Playground Barn, a charming four-walled structure next to the playground rents for $100 for four hours.

Happy Hollow Park is the perfect park venue for smaller children.  Sheltered picnic tables are within easy view of the play area, so children can safely go back and forth while staying under the watchful eyes of the adults.  Since Happy Hollow is a shady park, this might be an ideal location for birthdays that fall in the warmer months. 

Check out the Spartanburg County Parks website for more details and to reserve your spot/pay rental fees.

Plan a hiking adventure

Older children and friends might enjoy an adult-led hike followed by a picnic-style cake celebration.  Croft State Park is $2 per adult and kids 15 and under are free. Shelter rentals for groups are between $25-55 for the whole day. Reserve a shelter and plan your hike. The Cottonwood Trail has picnic tables located on the other side of the bridge that crosses Lawson’s Ford Creek. Have an adult hike ahead to set up the picnic for the party guests’ arrival. Just make sure to bag up any trash and carry it out with you for disposal.

Plan a treasure hunt at Hatcher Garden Nature Preserve

Self-guided group tours are free at Hatcher Garden, which is the perfect spot for a treasure hunt with its paved trails.  Check out Pinterest and lifestyle blogs for creative treasure hunt ideas including fun themes, maps, and goodie bag prizes at the end.  Hatcher has the option of covered or uncovered picnic tables, too. 

Indoor ideas for birthday celebrations on a budget

Hub City Scoops located in the heart of downtown Spartanburg has a basic birthday package starting at $95 for up to 10 guests.  The basic birthday package includes balloons, favors for guests, a gift for the birthday boy/girl and a junior ice cream cup or cone for each guest.  Fun add-ons abound! One of the best is a sundae bar where guests can build their own sundaes and it only costs and additional $10 to the price of the birthday package.  Visit the Hub City Scoops website, for more add-on options and pricing.

Kids love to dress up!  So plan a costume party and create a homemade photo booth with props from home, DIY creations, or purchase a relatively inexpensive photo booth pack from Party City, Target, or Wal-mart.  This idea would be perfect either right before or right after Halloween when kids have costumes on the brain, but really any time of year is the right time of year for make-believe! 

Not sure you want 15 kiddos running around your house?  That brings us to our next idea!

The Middle Tyger Family YMCA rents out space for parties.  You can reserve ½ of the basketball court for $100 for one hour or the conference room for $50 per hour. Plan easy relay races or games to add to the fun depending on the space you rent.  (YMCA members also have the option for a pool party for $100 or a Kindergym/Zumba for $80.  Nonmembers have a higher cost, though.)

Chick-fil-A on Asheville Highway – you can’t go wrong with a Chick-fil-A party.  After all, who doesn’t like Chick-fil-A?  Booking a party requires a $10 deposit to hold your date, and the cost equates to the cost of a kid’s meal + $3.00 per child that attends.  Each party includes a host/hostess, party balloons and table mats, a reserved area of the dining room, a kids meal for each child and kids Icedream, the appearance of the Chick-fil-A cow and a party favor for each attendee.

Rent your own bounce house.  Many inflatable companies run specials during the winter or different promotions throughout the year or on weekdays versus weekends.  While the average daily rental is around $125-$200, keeping an eye out for these special deals can help fit a bounce house or super slide into your party budget.

And remember, sharing your child’s special day with another birthday buddy can help keep your costs to a minimum.  Splitting the cost of a party or rental with a friend that has a birthday at the same time of year is a cost efficient way to keep your child’s celebration to $100 dollars or less.

For even more inexpensive ideas that are just a short drive away, see our list of inexpensive birthday parties in Greenville.

Do you have a birthday party idea for under $100 to add to our list?

About the Author
Juliet Autenzio Wright has lived in the Upstate for over 20 years. She is a proud alumna of Converse College and a former high school teacher. Now a stay-at-home mom to three little girls, ages five, two, and six months, Juliet loves exploring Spartanburg through the eyes of her children. Her favorite family-friendly activities include local parks and nature walks, library story times, and the many local festivals Spartanburg has to offer. In her spare time, she privately tutors, ghost writes, and reads as many books as possible. Juliet’s family and friends make her world go round!

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Great ideas – thanks!

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We had a birthday party at Pelicans Snowballs in Reidville. They reserved tables for us, and the only cost was the snowballs! We brought our own cake and supplies, and cleaned up after ourselves, but it was a fun and inexpensive party.