Grinning faces, lots of laughter, and a celebration to remember: the perfect party! It goes without saying that, as parents, we all want to make our children’s birthday special. Luckily, you can achieve all of the ingredients of a ‘perfect party’ without having to break the bank. All it takes is some sensible planning - try following our top tips for throwing a kid’s party on a budget!
Be The Early Bird
As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm. When it comes to birthday parties, buying the food, drink, decorations and other necessities can put extra pressure on your budget - but only if you rush to buy these last minute! Instead of panic buying and paying full price for your party purchases, think ahead and plan these buys into your budget.
Whether you focus on the decorations one month, and drinks the next, you can purchase these gradually in the run up to the birthday. This also gives you the time to shop around, enabling you to bag the best buys and therefore saving you money in the long run.
Throwing a kid’s party on a budget means you have to set a strict spend limit and stick to it. Within this, you need to figure out what’s essential and what’s not. Invites are important for ensuring your birthday bash is bustling, but this doesn’t mean you have to set aside a chunk of your party budget to buy these.
Instead, get creative with your family. Head to your local crafts store to pick up some cheap coloured card, a gold or silver metallic sharpie pen, and some sequins. Agree on a ‘design’ prior to starting your craft session; if your children are very young, it might be worthwhile letting them decorate whilst the adults take charge of the writing! You can use these items to create some really unique and striking invites!
Likewise, curl ribbon and hang this from lights along with balloons for exceptionally affordable and easy party decor!
Limit A VIP Guest List
Parties are exciting and, as your child anticipates their birthday, they’ll be eager to invite all of their friends. However, in reality this can often mean the whole class! Needless to say, catering for such a large group means your party budget is extra stretched, so it’s a good idea to set a sensible limit on the guest list.
Generally your children will have a smaller circle of friends within their class - usually these are the classmates who invite them to their own birthday parties. Explain to your children that they can choose a handful of special friends to invite, and don’t feel pressured into inviting everybody - you are on a strict budget, after all!
Keep Venue Out Of The Budget
When arranging a kid’s party, it can be tempting to go all out on a venue. However, if you have the space, holding the party at home can save you a lot of money! If the weather looks to be mild, consider setting up your party outdoors to give them space to roam.
Otherwise, make sure you’ve clearly marked which areas in the house are for guests and which are off limits to prevent spills and crumbs on any delicate furniture.
Entertainment Doesn’t Mean Expense
Depending on the age of your children, you may be planning on hiring a bouncy castle, entertainer or DJ for the party. Unfortunately these can all be very pricey and, in truth, children usually entertain themselves at parties anyway. Instead, opt for traditional games such as pin the tail on the donkey, pass the parcel and musical statues. You can create your own atmosphere with some of your children’s favourite music!
Consider trying your hand at face painting as an extra entertainment option for your party guests, too. You can pick these up for relatively cheap at a local crafts store and, by following step-by-step guides available for free online, you may just surprise yourself with how simple it is!
Sweet Treats For Less
Don’t spend a fortune on a grand personalised birthday cake - the excitement lies in blowing out the candles and making the birthday wish, not in the price tag. Likewise, don’t feel the need to fill party bags with expensive treats. Children are impressed by the surprise factor and - let’s face it - they enjoy anything sweet!
Try baking some homemade cakes to wrap up and pop in the goody bags, along with a few sweeties. You can buy big bags of sweets and mix these up yourself to save having to purchase the pricier individual packs for each party bag. Top off with a slice of birthday cake and you’re good to go!
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