Planning any kids’ party is stressful, but it’s usually when it’s your own child’s party that you really feel the pressure. This stress can sky-rocket when you’ve got other constraints like a budget and time-schedule to stick to, which can make planning a party seem like an impossible task. We’ve come up with 5 ideas for your kid’s next party, to make the job easier (and perhaps even enjoyable) and to ensure that you don’t spend a fortune that you don’t have!
If your kid’s birthday falls on a date that’s close to the birthday of one of their friends or classmates, you should consider asking the other child’s parents if you can share the party together. This will mean that not only will you share the responsibilities and stress, but you’re able to split the costs too! While this is great news for your wallet, it’s great news for the kids too, as it means that they can have double the fun and there’s no concern that their party will clash with another party.
Another timing consideration to take into account is the exact time of day that you set the party to begin and finish. You can be smart about this by starting the party at 2 pm and ending it just before 5 pm, which means that it’s obvious you are not going to provide a big lunch or dinner, but rather small snacks. This is a way that you can save a lot of money, as catering for fussy children can be complicated and time-consuming, as well as costly. It also means that the kids have a solid 3 hours to have fun and play games, without having to take into account the time needed to eat a meal. After all, most children aren’t that fussed about eating food, and would rather use his time to play – as long as there is a birthday cake of course!
Try decorating your house or venue with decorations that you have leftover from previous parties or events, and consider upcycling them if they aren’t totally suitable for a kids’ party. There are plenty of low-cost decorations based upon a theme that is available online, which still ensures your guests have fun but don’t require a lot of effort on your part. For example, hosting a glow in the dark party is a simple way to get the kids laughing and moving around. All you need to do is provide some glow in the dark supplies and turn the lights off! Glow In The Darkness are experts in the glow in the dark industry and have created this list of glow in the dark supplies that are budget-friendly. Their reviews of supplies will suit a variety of party guests depending on their age, so it’s worth taking a look.
Opting for digital invites instead of traditional cards or physical letters means that you don’t have to fork out the money for pretty – but useless – paper invites. After all, they just end up in the bin once you have sent them to the guests, and they no longer need the reminder. You can find a range of different e-invites online to suit a range of events and their host, which can be sent to guests over social media and emails. No one will bat an eye-lid! In fact, it’s not only better for the environment and your wallet, but it’s more effective to send an e-invite and you are more likely to receive a response quicker.
Giving away party bags or favors at the end of the party is a tradition that many parents find hard to break, so if you’re someone who can’t bear to let their children’s guests leave empty-handed, there are plenty of different budget-friendly tips. Shop for party favors throughout the year, so that you can catch items when they are on sale or in clearance, and find items that will be useful or have a purpose – rather than being the usual useless items that clutter the house, much to the disgust of parents. Instead of purposely buying items to give away, you could instead allow children to take party decorations away with them if you don’t intend to reuse these items. As you’ve seen from the above ideas, throwing a party for your children on a budget doesn’t mean that they have to go without a fun time. In fact, throwing a party on a budget means that you have more time and money to spend on other activities or items for your family and your household, which is a better use of your money than on a party. Our budget-friendly party ideas are so great that even the guests and their parents won’t even realize that it was so cheap to throw!