How to Throw the Perfect Kid's Birthday Party on a Tight Timeline and Budget

Giving your child the birthday celebration they deserve shouldn't come at the expense of your time and sanity. And thanks to Walmart, it doesn't have to. Whether you're planning a virtual celebration, a socially distanced gathering, or an intimate party with family, consider Walmart your one-stop-shop to ensure your little one's big day is special—not spendy.

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Kids' party favors from walmart photo

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DG Sports 98-pcs Party Gift Favors Set for Kids

When it comes to planning a birthday party, the cake, decorations, and games take precedence—but don't forget thoughtful little details like party favors. This 98-piece goodie bag set comes with bright glow sticks, flashing rings, slap bracelets, and more, and you can send bags ahead of time if you're having a virtual bash. Your child's friends will love the cool accessories, and you'll love that you found nearly 100 party favors for only $20.

Price: $19.99 (was $23.99);

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DG Sports Latex Balloons

Whether you're gathering indoors, outdoors, or via the web, balloons are a birthday essential. They're an easy way to add a pop of color to your space (no pun intended) and the perfect backdrop to your big day. The $16 bag comes with 250 balloons in a variety of bright colors that will work for celebrations beyond just your little one's birthday. Don't forget to add an affordable helium tank to your shopping cart to make your party prep that much easier.

Price: $17.99;

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Blue unicorn cupcake kit from Walmart photo

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Wilton Unicorn Party Dessert Kit

Let's face it, a party without cake is really just a gathering. And while you could order a premade treat, allowing your child to decorate their own dessert is a fun and creative way to get them involved in the celebration. Whether they prefer cakes, cupcakes, or even frosted cookies, this Unicorn Party Dessert Kit will allow them to get in on the action of creating their own treat bar. This set comes with everything you need for a unicorn fete, including a cake board, cake banner, three-tier treat stand, baking cups, treat bags, and of course, unicorn-shaped icing decorations. The best part? This is a DIY craft that actually creates less work for you.

Price: $12.98;

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Lego Minecraft The Zombie Cave

A great gift should be thoughtful, not expensive. Thankfully, Walmart has all the best selling toys, games, and more for under $20. This kid-loved Lego set, for example, brings the "Minecraft" game into the comfort of your own home for less than $20. Let your child's imagination run wild by building a spooky cave where they can battle zombies. The creativity-boosting kit includes 241 pieces and is meant for kids ages 7 to 14.

Price: $16.82 (originally $19.99);

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Advanced Graphics Honk It's My Birthday Yard Sign

Even if your child's party isn't with friends and family in person on their special day, that doesn't mean they can't feel close to them. Add this party sign to your front lawn and have loved ones drive by for a socially distanced "birthday parade." The honking, excitement, and well wishes will make your child feel special and safe. P.S.: The sign is weather-resistant, so you can celebrate in rain or shine.

Price: $14.98 (originally $19.95);

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Tie dye plates, napkins, forks, cups, and more from Walmart photo

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Tie Dye Party Supplies

Sometimes your child is okay with a traditional birthday party setup (think streamers, balloons, and a chocolate cake), and other times, your little one asks you for more complex decor. If your kid has their sights set on a theme, rest easy: You could run around to multiple stores looking for of-the-moment tie-dye decor, or you could let Walmart do the heavy lifting for you. This kit contains paper plates, napkins, straws, and more with a tie-dye look. Did your child ask for a "truck theme"? Yup, Walmart has that, too. What about a tea party? Check. Oh, and don't forget about "Minecraft." Walmart has you covered. These supplies will look great at a smaller gathering or over a virtual celebration.

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White and gold birthday candle set from Walmart photo

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Party Partners Glitter Birthday Candle Set

It may be customary to close your eyes while blowing out your candles, but it's hard to look away from these shimmery cake toppers. The set of 13 comes with pretty white and gold glittered letter candles spelling out "happy birthday," so you can make a wish in style.

Price: $9.99;

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Jenga game from Walmart photo

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Hasbro Classic Jenga

Editor's Tip: If you're going to purchase games for your child's birthday, save yourself some money by ensuring they're versatile enough to last beyond just the big day. Jenga, for example, will be great for family game nights in the future. The classic stacking game encourages friendly competition and promotes strategizing skills for kids ages 6 and up.

Price: $12.97;

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Birthday present, cupcake, and well wishes card set from walmart photo

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Simple Wishes Birthday Greeting Cards Value Pack

While Walmart certainly has the best new toys and gadgets, we suggest pairing your child's birthday present with something sentimental as well. This set of 12 cards includes thoughtful, fun, and funny greetings that are great for your little one's birthday as well as other family members' celebrations in the future. Personalize the card with a special message that your child can fondly look back on long after they've outgrown their other presents from that day.

Price: $24;

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