Birthdays Parties on a Budget

Sometimes it feels like you’re always spending a fortune on your kids, and it’s that time of year again when you need to organise a birthday party for your youngest.  Kids are easy to please, and whilst you might feel like you need to spend a fortune organising the perfect birthday party, they’ll be happy with anything you do for them.  With that in mind, here are some great kids party ideas on a budget that will leave you plenty of cash to buy them the perfect present!

Plan your Location

One of the best venues for a summer birthday party is outdoors.  You can invite as many of your child’s friends as you like and there’s no need to worry about hiring an expensive venue, or having 30 children smearing jelly and ice cream up your walls.  Keep food simple – opt for traditional party food with sandwiches, crisps and jelly and ice cream or hold a BBQ where everyone can enjoy sausages, burgers and party snacks.  You might even get them to eat some salad!

Get Creative

Instead of spending a fortune on a party bag filled with brightly coloured sweets for each guest, why not encourage the children to be creative and create something to take home?  They could ice cupcakes and decorate them with sprinkles and sweeties, or you could let every child decorate their own gingerbread man (or woman), wrapping them in pretty cellophane and ribbon for the journey home.  This is often more cost-effective than investing in party bags, and it gives the children an activity to get stuck into as well!

Share with a Friend

If you decide you can’t face having a party at home, it’s a great idea to hire a venue and share the cost with a friend whose child has a birthday around the same time.  This time you’ll get double the amount of guests and double the fun for half the price!  You can also split the cost of food and any entertainment, which will be much less of a strain on your budget.  Why not consider sharing the cost of something a bit different by organising a Go Kart Party?  You hire an inflatable track and four electric cars, which can be set up either indoors or outdoors to give kids their first driving experience.  It’s fully supervised and has won awards for safety, yet it’s also a thrilling activity for kids!

Keep it Traditional

You don’t have to hire a children’s entertainer to keep everyone amused at parties – why not stick to traditional games such as pass the parcel, pin the tail on the donkey and blind man’s bluff?  If you do decide you want some other form of entertainment, consider taking a clown class – in London free clown classes are run over the summer months at Alexandra Palace.

You don’t have to break the bank to provide your kids with a great birthday; you can have a fantastic time even on a limited budget.  Don’t give in to pressure and feel like you have to throw the best party – as long as your children’s friends are there and they’re having fun, nobody will care how much money you have spent!

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