Party Time! Celebrating Your Child’s Birthday on a Budget
Birthday parties are what childhood memories are made of. The presents, the music, the food and decorations- having your friends and family around you and blowing out candles after everyone has sung happy birthday. Chances are you remember your own birthdays as a child fondly, and want to create the same magical memories for your own kids. The thing about kids birthday parties is that they don’t need to be overly expensive, there’re loads you can do without spending much. Let’s face it, they don’t care how much you’ve spent- all they want to do is have fun! If you have your child’s birthday approaching and want to make it wonderful without blowing the budget, here’s how you can go about it.
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Host it at a venue
Lots of places host kids parties cheaply so look around and see what’s local to you. Pubs with play areas, soft play centres and even community centres are all options. If you choose a venue which has a play area, the kids will be able to have fun and entertain themselves with very little extra effort from you! You could always throw a few games and competitions in throughout the party such as musical chairs and pass the parcel which are cheap and easy to do. Unlike throwing a party at your home, there’s no clean up involved and no risk of things getting broken as these places will be designed with boisterous kids in mind!
DIY the food
We all know what kids like to eat, so creating a children’s party buffet with their favourites is cheap and easy. Some sandwiches, bowls of crisps and savouries like sausage rolls all work well. You could buy a big cheese and tomato pizza, cook it up and let it go cold in the fridge for before cutting it into little squares. You could bake your own cakes and treats, but if you’re not a whizz in the kitchen then just buy some inexpensive pre-made cupcakes. Get yourself a can of icing and decorate them yourself to make them look more impressive! Again, you could make the cake yourself, or as a loved one to make one for you as it will be cheaper than buying one ready-made. Plus they can customise it to whatever your little one likes.
Base it on a theme
If you choose a theme for your child’s party it can make things even more fun. You can then decorate based on this, play games incorporating it and encourage guests to dress up based on the theme if they’d like. You could even go a step further and hire an entertainer. For example, if you decided on a dinosaur party you could find an entertainer with a realistic dinosaur costume, or a balloon artist that could make different kinds of dinosaurs.
What are you planning to do for your child’s birthday this year?