Expensive Party Favors
These days, many parents are choosing to forgo traditional party-parting gifts and are paying for high-quality party favors. Personalized take-home gifts like picture frames and toys can significantly increase the cost of your child's celebration, and they're completely unnecessary. Party hats, plastic whistles and a few pieces of candy work just as well as overpriced monogrammed b-day keepsakes, and they'll be treasured by all the little attendees for just as long, which is at most a few hours. In fact, skipping party favors altogether will save you money. If kids or parents ask about parting gifts, explain that plastic bags and toys aren't eco-friendly, and your family is making a real effort to go green.