How to Plan a Budget-Friendly Kids’ Birthday Party
If you’re looking for ways to simplify your child’s birthday party, you’ve come to the right place. The tips in this article will help you plan a meaningful, fun, yet inexpensive birthday party for your child. So, how do you make a birthday party special without robbing the bank? Gather ideas!
Cut Your Guest List
This is the quickest and easiest way to cut the budget. Some families follow this rule: a kid can invite a couple of their closest friends. You’ll also have close family members coming over, so there will be plenty of guests.
Bake a Cake
Bake a simple birthday cake rather than order an expensive one from a bakery. Flour, sugar and eggs, butter, chocolate… There are many recipes for simple cakes. Try beforehand if you haven’t baked cakes before; there’s nothing complicated about it. You can also bake cupcakes, decorate them with frosting, and buy chocolates.
Don’t Hire Decorators
Let a birthday boy and his friends make decorations for the party from improvised materials at home, instead of spending a lot of money to buy them in the store. Just be careful: sometimes homemade decorations are more expensive than store-bought ones. If you don’t have reams of paper and other things to make with at home, it’s easier to buy ready-made holiday decorations. You can decorate the venue with shop bobo balloons or party items depicting your favorite cartoon character with a collage photo of the birthday boy/girl and paper garlands.
Prepare an Entertainment Program
Play traditional games instead of specially invited entertainment (why would you need a clown, magician, etc., when you can play cards, dominoes, or board games?). If the party is in the warm season, you and your guests can walk in a nearby park. The walk is a great free activity, and you can also bring a ball, crayons, jump ropes, and balloons.
Send electronic invitations rather than preparing them specially. If you invite the closest ones, then you can pass invitations verbally.
Instead of inviting professional entertainers, gather costumes, masks, and wigs at home (including friends), create a dressing room and let the children dress up and entertain themselves. It’s one of the kids’ favorite pastimes to dress up in costumes and have fun.
Cook Simple Dishes
Lasagna, homemade pizza, cheese and veal sandwiches from the multicooker, simple salads, sliced apples, and other fruits… Simple and delicious. If you’re not planning on treating your guests to a full dinner, throw the party not at 5 or 6 pm (when you should have a hearty dinner), but plan for a morning or afternoon feast. Then cake, ice cream, and light snacks will be quite appropriate.
It’s only natural for a parent to worry about whether you’ve made the day “special” enough for your child. But don’t be tempted to go out and buy more ― more gifts, more decorations, more souvenirs, more treats. Your kid needs more attention. It’s better to devote time to come up with simple games and activities you can organize during the holiday.