These days it seems like kids’ birthday celebrations are getting bigger and better every year – ice cream cake in the McDonald’s playroom just doesn’t cut it anymore. But don’t worry, giving your little one the party of their dreams doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. With a few simple cost-saving tips and tricks, you can give them a birthday party they’ll always remember. Keep reading to find out more!
Swap paper for e-vites
Fancy paper invitations and postage can get pricey, particularly if you’ve got a big guest list. Instead of sending out everyone’s invitations around the same time, save money by sending out your e-vites about a week in advance. This way you can save on invitations and postage and someone in your family doesn’t feel left out.
Recycle party essentials
If you’re planning a new activity that requires lots of decorations for example for a fancy dress party then consider using some that you’ve already got stored away for another party. For example, streamers, bunting and tablecloths are easy to clean and store for next year. Plus, cutting down on plastic party wastage is much better for the environment!
Serve snacks instead of a meal
One of the great things about kids birthday parties is the guests usually have simple tastes. Don’t worry about cooking up a big meal, save yourself time, money and effort by serving a selection of snacks. Chips, lollies and of course the Australian classic, fairy bread, are always a affordable (and cheap) hors d’oeuvres.
Serve different sized glasses
If you have a lot of people coming to your party then it’s best to have some bowls and glasses for each age group. This way everyone can have a drink, go off and play for a while and then come back again as the party progresses. Serving different sized glasses means that everyone will be able to have enough fun with their friends, rather than being bored with just one drink all night long.
Book your venue early
Some venues can charge more for last minute bookings. As a rule, you want to make sure you get your party booked early then it’s best to try and book at least 10 weeks ahead. This means you’ll have plenty of time to ensure the party’s details are all sorted out before the big day. Don’t forget to tell your venue what kind of music you’d like played. You can definitely find some nice birthday party playlist ideas on websites like Spotify.
Host the party in the backyard
There’s nothing quite like celebrating in your own backyard with an inviting barbecue lunch and cake. This means you can save money on craft activities, decorations and food costs because you don’t need to rent out a function room or hire an outside caterer. Get a little crafty and make some homemade decorations for the party.
If you’re worried about spending too much money on your child’s party then don’t be. As you can see, there are lots of cheap, quick and easy ideas that will allow you to save money without losing the fun that comes with throwing a party for kids.
Save the big spending for a smaller group
If your child has something specific (but more expensive) they want to do for their birthday, a budget-friendly option is to allow them to do the activity with a close friend or two, rather than the whole class. If your child has a wide group of friends and is concerned about offending or excluding some, why not go with a sibling or cousin? An escape room can be a great option for kids’ birthday parties, particularly for tweens and teens.