It’s completely normal to want to throw the best party possible for your little one, but throwing a memorable birthday bash does not have to mean splashing the cash on event planners, fancy favours and caterers! Here’s how to throw an affordable but fun party for your child and their friends without breaking the bank:
1. Get Cooking
Hiring caterers for a child’s birthday party is an expense that is just not needed. It’s super-easy to make yummy food that kids will love without going over budget. Avoid the fussy eaters by keeping things simple. Sandwiches with tasty fillings cut into fun shapes with sandwich cutters are sure to please everyone, and cupcakes are easy and quick to make and guaranteed to fill even the fussiest of tummies.
2. Keep It Small
The fewer the guests, the easier the party will be for you. There’s often a temptation to invite as many as possible to a party to make it extra-fun, but in reality inviting too many children will just mean over-stretching your budget to accommodate extra bodies. Keeping a party small and simple will make it much cheaper, easier for you to manage and will help you to avoid the stresses of a house packed-full of screaming kids.
3. Keep It Short
The same principle applies for the length of a children’s party. Younger children find it difficult to concentrate for too long and tire very easily, so there is little point in organising a party that lasts a whole afternoon! Limiting the duration of your child’s party will ease the stress on the purse strings and ensure that the kids stay entertained (and give you plenty of time to clean up the carnage afterwards!)
4. Stay At Home
Some people choose to hire out an expensive location for a children’s party but in reality hosting the birthday bash at your own home is easy and cheap and there’s no chance of losing your deposit if something gets broken! Hold the party outside in your own back garden if the weather allows it, spillages won’t matter and your ornaments will be inside, safe from clumsy guests giddy off sugar!
5. Get Crafty
Getting the kids to be creative at the party is a great way to keep them entertained. Try making personalised T-shirts or home-made jewellery and let the guests take their creations home with them at the end of the day (which also helps you save on party favours!) Be sure to fashion some aprons from old towels or shirts to protect your guests’ best party clothes from pant splatters or blobs of glue.
6. Cheap Invitations
There is no need to splash out on expensive invitations for a child’s party. An email is super-quick and efficient and most of all, completely free! The invite won’t be lost or accidentally thrown away and it saves on paper too – all fancy invitations end up in the same place – the bin! Otherwise try making your own invitations for a more personal touch, and get your little one involved too!
7. Keep It Traditional
The old ways are always the best and playing traditional party games is a guaranteed way to keep the kiddies happy and having fun without spending a penny. Traditional party games like pin the tail on the donkey, pass-the-parcel and musical statues or musical bumps cost nothing but keep children entertained for hours! Collect some small, cheap prizes like plastic toys, bubbles or sweeties to give to the winners – make sure you have plenty so everyone has a chance to grab a prize!