Planning a Family Celebration


Mummy says…’We are flying through January and any resolutions made may already be distant memories. I didn’t make any myself, I set myself some goals instead. We have some huge birthdays this year, and we are planning s family celebration.

Planning a Family Celebration

One area I do need to get to grips with is my finances. As a single mum of four, from Ickle Pickle who is 4 up to my eldest daughter who is 21 this summer it is tricky juggling my cash flow at times.

There are some awesome birthdays in my family this year, as I said, MeeMee is 21, my father is 70 and my other daughter is 18 at the end of the year. My nephew turns 21 too.

I am starting to think about how to celebrate these birthdays, and how I can pay for any such celebrations.

Some ideas I have are:

•A huge joint party – hiring a hall, caterer, band etc and inviting all family and friends.

*A family holiday. Booking one large house for a few days for immediate family to stay in so we can just celebrate together.

*A city break with each of my girls – coinciding with a tour date of one of their favourite artists with some shopping and a lovely meal would be perfect.

*A mini break to a European city, taking both my daughters to celebrate their big birthdays.

So, how can I raise some extra funds for any of these celebrations?

*Selling any unwanted, unused, unloved items online.

*Selling at local car boot sales.

*Looking at a reputable responsible quick loans company to raise a deposit to secure my choice, giving me time to fund the balance knowing it is all booked.

*Offering my services through sites such as Fiverr – I write, I manage social media accounts, I vlog etc.

*Joining online websites such as Top Cash Back to save some money, and Swagbucks to earn points which are converted into vouchers to use online or into PayPal cash.

So, with a busy year ahead, and lots to organise for our family celebration I had better get moving!

Have you any ideas to add?


  1. Need to have a look at these sites
    So valuable for saving pennines and pounds

  2. These all sounds lovely, and those are some great tips for gathering the funds, thank you!

  3. I’ve also been looking at ways to save money. I’m going to sell items I don’t use and use websites like Top Cashback more.
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  4. I love the idea of a big house for the whole family to celebrate in x
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  5. My mum has similar issues this year! So many milestone birthdays coming at once! xo
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  6. Wow so many celebrations in one year. I think holding a joint party fir every sounds great plus will save money on room hire, entertainment and food.
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  7. These are great ideas, Ive never thought of using fivrr before x
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  8. Sounds like you will have few celebrations! I love car boot sale it’s always so much fun looking at what other people sell! Good luck with your planning x

  9. Whilst I know that these celebrations will cost money at least you recognise the importance of celebrating them, prehaps as you have mentioned a joint one might well be the answer

  10. I think it’s better to set goals; I’ve been doing that. I think a joint thing like holiday would be nice if it can be afforded, but lots of deals if you book far in advance and use best sights x
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  11. Taking a city break with each of your children sounds absolutely lovely to me! Either way, I’m glad you’re celebrating 🙂
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  12. One large party wold be the most economical way, but that’s only of use if the birthdays are fairly close.
    The series of city breaks sounds like the most fun!

  13. Dads 84 th birthday today -could jave saved a packet using these sites -ill know for future !

  14. What a useful post! I really love the ideas especially the city break. You’re very inspirational being a single mum to 4!

  15. Some great ideas here, i like the idea of having a huge joint party x

  16. I’ve made a fair bit by selling unwanted items on local Facebook groups. It’s a great and quick way to make some money and have a good de-clutter at the same time. Jo x
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  17. These are some brilliant ideas, we like celebrating birthdays together. Would be nice with a holiday though

  18. What a fantastic post! It must be hard when you’ve got so many things you need lots of money for!
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  19. A big party or a family holiday sound lovely! Good luck with the raising the money, Fiverr is indeed a good place to start 🙂
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  20. These are great suggestions, I think a big family party in a large hall would be so much fun!
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  21. Omg you said everything i think on a daily basis i only have the one child a beautiful son so i would take us out for a lovely meal and extra big pudding without feeling guilty….my 40th this year and thinking of ideas everything is so expensive, however, i find meal planning a really good idea to keep me out of the supermarket where a loaf of bread turns into an hours browsing and a trolley full of indecisive food.

  22. Love the idea of taking a city break with each of your children.
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  23. There are some great ways to save cash there, you seem very organised and great at planning. I wish I was the same. My goal for this year was to try anbd be more organised

  24. I need to get to grips with my finances as well but I really admire how much you do as a single mum for your family and Pickles is going to grow up knowing he has strong female role models around him x
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  25. Thank you for these brilliant ideas. I am really attempting to get a hold on my finances this year as I am terrible for spending money on things I really don’t need. We also have a big family birthday this year, our eldest daughter is going to be 18 so we are about to start planning her celebrations.

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