Everyone wants to throw the birthday party their child will remember forever. Even when money is tight, you may feel tempted to spend more than you can afford. However, you can have a birthday party on a budget without over spending.
While other parents in the neighbourhood are renting out an expensive restaurant or gymnastics studio or a gaming centre, it really doesn’t mean you have to do the same. Shop around, smaller halls can often be a cheaper option – I host my children’s in our local scout hut, and while there is a fee of £150 to hire it for a Saturday, there is only a £20 charge per hour for Sundays – as you can imagine all my children’s parties are held on Sundays just like Harry’s pirate themed party we threw in October.
The truth is that you can get ideas that don’t require a title loan and still give your child a memorable birthday bash that everyone loves. It just takes a little creativity and dedicated planning. Sometimes you see parents going crazy with an over-the-top party for their child. Danielle Rothweiler, the event planner of Rothweiler Event Design, says she will often remind her clients how fun becomes the number one priority at a kids’ party. To do that, you don’t have to go overboard to throw an unforgettable party.
There are lots of ideas out there, check out Pinterest for inspiration and make as much yourself as you can….or even get the kids involved to help out – they love getting involved in the planning process.
How to Keep the Costs Low
Many experts came together to give inspiration on how to keep the costs affordable without sacrificing the fun factor. Here’s what some of them had to say:
Plan in Advance
You want to keep from overspending on the essentials like party balloons, tableware and piñatas. You want to plan out your child’s party as far in advance as you can, especially if you have planned to rent a place out. Greg Jenkins, one of the partners at Bravo Productions, says that you don’t want to scramble for party goods at the last moment because you will tend to pay more, and you have to buy more out of necessity.
A great time to buy these types of things is after the new year celebrations, if you aren’t fussed on a set theme for accessories many store will have these on sale.
Send Digital Invites
Mailing out a paper invitation looks classy, but it will also cost you more than necessary. Especially when you’re on a tight budget, you can send invites over Facebook. You also have websites that let you send out electronic invites like Paperless Post or Evite. Both websites have many free and colourful choices.
Keep the Menu Simple
You shouldn’t worry too much about an elaborate menu with plenty of things on it—remember, this is a kids’ party and the chief element of these parties are that they’re fun. You can throw an outdoor party and simply put some hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. You can easily whip up some of your child’s favourite dishes, and they don’t have to cost much. You might use a pitcher of water or make a pitcher of lemonade punch. Keeping the menu simple also lowers your own stress levels, kids are too busy having fun anyway so will wolf the food down as quickly as possible.
For a kids’ budget birthday party, it is also a good idea to purchase food in bulk from stores like Sam’s Club and Costco because you can save some extra cash. Even if you don’t have a membership, you can oftentimes find a friend with one who’d be willing to take you shopping. Another thing that you could do to cut back on the food bill is to only host the party for the morning or after lunchtime. Unlike adults, kids aren’t as concerned with the formalities that bog adults down. As long as there’s fun, you don’t have to worry about much else. Many times that’s the only goal with children.