There can be a huge amount of pressure when it comes to your kids Birthday party. However, you can enjoy a low budget kids birthday party and still make it special, if you are prepared to do a bit more work.
Here are our top 7 tips to help you get started.
- Plan ahead! – this may seem obvious, but often people who leave planning to the last minute end up spending more, as you are forced to buy what you need there and then, without the benefit of having time on your side for bargain hunting. If you start planning well in advance, you have plenty of time to look around for the best deals, and to spread out the cost of what you need too. One month you could buy your decorations, another, the stuff for party bags, and then leave food to nearer to the time.
- Explore Budget Shops for Theme Ideas – whether or not they are somewhere you would normally go, they are definitely worth a visit when it comes to planning your low budget kids birthday party. Recently, in a budget home-wear shop near to my gym, I found some great pirate or princess cup cake cases with ‘Happy Birthday’ inserts for just £1.99 for 60. They also did very affordable table decorations, so for less than £10 you could easily create an affordable and attractive theme. Some stock may be one time only offers, hence planning ahead to grab the best bargains.
- Party at Home – whilst many people opt to host parties at hired venues, such as church halls, leisure centres and sports halls, it can always be an options to have your party at home. If you’re living room isn’t very big, do you have a friend or relative with more space who would be happy to host for you? There are many benefits to doing parties at home too. For example, you can prepare the food in familiar surroundings and without having to cart loads of things to and from the venue; you won’t be stressed by time limits or potential extra costs if things get broken/or you go a bit over time, and, once it’s all over you can tidy up and collapse on to the sofa without having to brave the elements first!
- Keep it simple – do your best to keep things as simple as possible. For example, you can do the catering yourself, ask family and friends to muck in, and offer a simple spread of food – sandwiches, crisps, sausage rolls, pizza, chips, some cake/biscuits and if you think they’ll eat it, you can also add in a bit of chopped up fruit or vegetable. Remember that you can’t please all of the people, all of the time, so keep it simple and stick within a sensible budget. Whatever you do, you’re bound to have leftovers as it’s natural to over cater, so minimize waste (not only of your money, but of food) by being realistic about you need. Remember that at parties, kids are often so excited that getting them to eat much isn’t always that easy anyway!
- Get crafty – if you’ve already got craft materials (which you may well have, with having kids), then why not make some decorations, or even the invites yourself. You can even get the kid(s) involved and make it more fun. Remember that balloons are always a cheap and cheerful idea when it comes to decorating a room, and you can pick up a pack of ‘Happy Birthday’ ones for as little as £2.
- Low cost entertainment – if you can’t afford face painting, balloons and a magician, that’s okay! Kids still love to play simple games like pass the parcel, musical statues or to have dance competitions and treasure hunts. If you have thought about having face painting for you at home party, it is possible – I’ve done lots of home parties, tucked in the corner of a sofa, on a kitchen worktop, or at the end of the dining table. It can and does work. Shop around for someone in your area who can offer a 1 hour booking too. Whilst there are many face painters who only do 2 hour bookings, there are still plenty who will do less time. (For example, we offer 1 hour for around £35 which should cover up to 20 children for simple face paints).
- Party bags – not everyone does them, but they don’t have to cost a fortune if you do want to give your guests a party bag at the end. Simple things like small bags of sweets and/or a small chocolate bar and some blowing bubbles could be the basis for a little party bag, and again, if you plan ahead and spread the cost, you can find things to add to it so that you have a great little gift to give.
Photo credit – By Stuart Miles