For many parents, planning a birthday bash for a toddler can be stressful, especially when you have to do so on a strict budget.  By taking the time to plan ahead, you can throw your little one a great party that will be remembered for a long time. Start planning now for your child's party by following these tips.

Start Planning With Large Plastic Bins

In Bin One: When you are a on a tight budget, shopping at dollar stores can be the best way to gather small toy gifts for your young guests. Make it a point to start buying up gifts every time you visit your favorite dollar stores. If you start filling up a plastic bin a few months before your child's party, you will have a great many gifts for giving out on the big day. Items like bubbles, coloring books and crayons, plastic animals and more can be purchased at most dollar stores and they all make excellent party gifts for your guests.

In Bin Two: Collecting party favors and items like napkins, paper plates and cups, decorative plastic table clothes and more can be a good way to have everything you need and more when you start decorating for the party. Buy a roll of crepe paper and some favors at the dollar store each time you shop and toss them in the party favor bin when you get home. If your child loves a particular cartoon character, planning ahead gives you time to locate party favors and decorative items that will have that character on them. Remember to put some games like pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey in this bin as well. You will be amazed at how much you are able to collect in just a few months.

Party Planning Outside Of The Bins

Avoid waiting until the last minute to find party supply rental companies. By learning where you can find the cheapest rentals ahead of time, you will have more time to fit the cost of renting items like tables and chairs into your budget. Remember also you will need tables and chairs suitable for toddlers, so be sure to ask about smaller sets in addition to ones you may need for adult guests. Most rental companies also offer items like inflatables that will be the joy of your party, so be sure to check out the ones that will easily fit into your yard before paying any deposits. Contact your local company, like Party People Rentals & Sales and other locations, to get more information.

Last, But Not Least Is The Birthday Cake And Snacks

If you are planning a party on a budget, you may have already decided to make your child's cake at home. If so, be sure to have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen by the day before the party. The last thing you need is to get in the middle of making the cake only to realize you forgot one vital ingredient. Also, if you are planning to serve snacks, getting all the ingredients together for them before the day of the party is important. Also, make sure to set aside the entire day before the party for baking and cooking. This way, you will have plenty of time for enjoying it instead of stressing out and worrying about being able to get done in time.

Nothing can compare to the feeling you will have when you see the look on your child's face when he or she sees everything you have done for their birthday party. This is the best reason to take your time and plan ahead, even if you have to start buying up items months ahead of the big day.