If you are looking to simply your child’s birthday party and save money, consider having a joint birthday party. A joint birthday party is when two or more children whose birthdays are near each other have their birthday party together. Typically joint birthday parties are held with classmates or other children who have the same friends. This type of party works well for small children because you often invite the whole preschool or Kindergarten class to birthday parties at this age.
For my daughter's first birthday, we had a joint party with two other babies for all the people in the neighborhood. It saved money, hassle and was a lot of fun.