Planning a party be incredibly stressful, but it can also be very expensive too. On average, a birthday party costs £320 - without the cost of presents.
Keeping costs down whilst providing a superb party can be difficult unless you budget. This will ensure not only is the party affordable, but that you are considering your purchases more carefully, making sure you get everything you need at a reasonable price.
Here are some ideas to help you plan a party on a budget:
Go digital. Not only does it get to the parents much quicker, but it’s free! You can still create funky and exciting designs using free templates online, allowing for expenses to be paid elsewhere.
Planning your party in advance is a great way to keep costs down. Looking at supplies such as cakes and decorations early will allow you to do a price comparison to find the best deal.
Another important factor is to consider the times of your party. To keep costs even lower, consider hosting your party at around 10-12 or 2-5. This will allow for no pressure to provide a meal, snacks can be provided instead. Mini pizzas, biscuits, crisps and small savoury snacks like sausage rolls are cheap and always winners with peckish children.
Whilst party decorations can be picked up relatively cheap at supermarkets and in discount stores, a great way around it is to make your own. Let little ones colour some bunting or make paper chains. Not only is this free, it is also a great afternoon activity to keep their minds active and get them included in the process.
If you hire out a hall or a soft play centre, costs can be high. If you can find a friend that has a similar birthday, splitting the costs not only will allow for more friends to come along, but it also means that the responsibility is halved. A simple touch to ensure that your child still feels like a priority is to provide one cake each. Besides, can you really have too much cake?
Games such as musical chairs, tig, stuck in the mud and Simon says are old favourites that have stood the test of time. Best of all, they’re completely free! They’re a great way to get little ones up and active whilst having a good time, and parents can get involved too.
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