October is a very special month for our family. It’s the birthday month of hubby, daughter, and me. While we don’t usually celebrate, I make it a point to cook up a little something at home for the kids during their special day.
It’s especially interesting this year because I was recently introduced to the Red Ribbon Birthday Budget Planner at http://birthdaybudgetplanner.com. It makes planning a birthday celebration quick, easy, and convenient.
You key in the name of the celebrant and the birthdate. There’s a square-shaped chocolate cake on the left where you can customize the message. I’m using this to help me organize a simple family observance of our little girl’s birthday.
You simply fill in how much you’re willing to spend and how many people are celebrating. The Birthday Budget Planner will automatically estimate and allocate the budget to cake, food, drinks, party favors, etc. How simple or complex the party is depends on you.
In our case, since we just wanted to chill at home for our daughter’s birthday, we just needed cake, food and drinks. I set the budget at P1,000. The Birthday Budget Planner automatically set P299 for the cake (which is how much Red Ribbon’s 8 x 8 Junior Dedication Cake costs) then P500.50 for food then P200.50 for drinks.
The planner charts your expenses using a template in the form of a Red Ribbon Dedication Cake. Since there will just be 5 or 6 of us, I think P100 is sufficient for drinks so I can have P600 for the food. Having it all laid out like this on a chart makes it easy to play around with the available budget.
If you click on the food or drinks in the chart, a list of suppliers will appear. For my daughter’s birthday a week from now I think I will be ordering a pan of Classic Spaghetti from Red Ribbon. I can’t cook to save my life so I must order, lol. So we will have a Red Ribbon Dedication Cake worth P299, a pan of Red Ribbon Classic Spaghetti worth around P500, and then drinks. I think that pretty much sums up our simple celebration.
You can have your very own Birthday Budget Planner Page where you can keep tabs on all the parties you have planned by linking the Birthday Budget Planner with your Facebook account.
This is how the actual Red Ribbon 8 x 8 Dedication Cake in Chocolate looks. It’s also available in Mocha. I find it cute and sized just right for a small family like ours. We usually can’t finish big cakes at home (not even if our helpers help us consume them) and they just end up getting stale so this is perfect.
Are you planning a birthday celebration? Do give the Birthday Budget Planner a spin at http://birthdaybudgetplanner.com.
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