We all like to see our kids happy at their birthday parties or on other special occasions, but let’s face it – it can cost money! We have put together some top tips as to how you can have a successful kids party on a budget, and still make it a massive hit.
There are so many ways to do invites on a budget. You can send them out via email if you would like, or there are some sites out there that have downloadable ones that you can use. Other ideas are that you could put the details on an inflatable balloon, let the air out of the balloon – and ask the nursery or school teacher to hand them out once class is done. You don’t need to invite everyone remember, and keep it short. So the party could last 2-3 hours and make it clear that brothers and sisters etc aren’t invited.
You don’t need to go overboard in terms of food – kids tend not to eat too much (especially if they are excited at a party). Things like sandwiches, crisps, ice-cream and cake should more than suffice. You could even ask friends and family to bring a dish.
Don’t worry if you aren’t the next Mary Berry, you can even buy plain fairy cakes and get the kids to decorate them.
It might be that you don’t want lots of kids in your home where you have to clean up the mess, so why not have it at a local park or outdoor play area if it’s in the summer? Here you can think of lots of active party games.
If you think that the weather might not be kind – you can always get costs for local soft play centres, or local community halls. If it isn’t peak times, you can often get some good rates.
Party entertainers can cost a bit of money, especially at peak times when they can get lots of bookings. Instead of spending lots of money watching a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat – make sure that you have lots of fun games at the ready. It could be something like pass the parcel, pin the tail on the donkey and other traditional games.
The Party Bags
Just like the catering, you don’t have to go overboard here either. You can get some cost effective party supplies where you can make up the perfect take home gift. You can pop in some multi-pack sweets, or stickers to fill it up, and a slice of the birthday cake for good measure. You can even do something like fill a little jar of sweets up with a ribbon around it for personalisation.
Hopefully these handy tips will leave you well on your way to a fantastic kids party on a bit of a budget.