Birthday celebration is one thing on our children’s minds that they look forward to every year, from attending the most extravagant fun-filled birthday parties to wishing to celebrate their own surrounded by their loved ones. However, Child’s birthday party and budgeting are two things that may get difficult when it comes to the arrangement. It all adds up to how much would it cost to arrange your child’s birthday party as it often gets a little elaborate and pricey for the parents.
Nevertheless, there are many ways to throw a child’s birthday party on a budget without emptying your pockets completely and here are a few low-cost tricks that may help you in creating a good budget for a birthday party.
Make Your Own Budget
If you plan on arranging a birthday party without breaking the bank, then first decide how much you’re willing to spend and make a to-do list that covers your essentials and desires. Once you have made the list, start crossing out items but the key is to keep the expenses aligned with your budget, by doing so you will have a record of everything and it will also help you to be on your track.
It may sound exciting to have your child’s friends invited; the classmates, sports team, playground buddies and same-age cousins but it’s not practical. Aim to restrict your guest list under 10-20 kids and keep in mind that there might be some parents hanging around too, which can affect your birthday budget.
Birthday Party Venue
The second tip for creating a good budget for your birthday party is to choose a free or an inexpensive birthday setting or location, renting out a restaurant or club can take a big chunk of your allotted money. You can choose from several budget-friendly options including your own house or backyard, neighbourhood park, beach or a relative’s house (if offered). Arranging things on your own may require more effort than outsourcing the venue and the services, but you will save more if you choose the prior option.
Most children are fond of artsy activities, save your money by letting the kids do arts and crafts activities. There are countless ideas like making their own goody bags, decorating a picture frame or doing collage work. You can also research your options on Pinterest or Google.
Moreover, for our teenage kids or shall we say, BRATS, plan a slumber party at home with a limited number of kids and watch them having the time of their life.
Another tip for saving money is to host a birthday party between regular mealtimes, from 4 pm to 6 pm. This way you don’t necessarily have to serve a proper meal and even snacks can satisfy your guests’ appetite. Next, we talk about the most essential thing i.e. the birthday cake. If you’re a good baker, then baking a cake at home is a great idea but if you want to get it made then look for home-based cake bakers instead of commercial bakeries as it would cost you a little less.
Finally, comes the food. You can prepare cheese pasta or chicken spaghetti at home for the meal and set up snacks like popcorn, chips or French fries as children are fond of eating this kind of food. Also, if you simply do not want to cook or do not have time, then search for the cheapest pizza outlet and serve it with soda and you’re good to go.
Birthday Décor and Resources
Nice décor and adequate resources are necessary to execute a successful birthday bash but at the end of the day, everyone remembers the food and entertainment provided by the host. Try not to fuss over the fancy ornamentation and invest in simple décor stuff like party poppers, balloons, streamers, etc. Also, opt to serve your guests in disposable cutlery instead of fine china that will also save you the hassle of dish cleaning after the party is over. The key here is to buy your party resources in bulk so that you end up saving more money and be time-efficient amidst your party planning.
The Vibe of the Party
Vibe or the overall ambience of a birthday party is something that is not discussed too often but it can be a total game-changer for your party without costing you a dime or maybe a few if you don’t own speakers but you can always borrow them from a friend. Create a playlist of fun kids appropriate party songs or you can also search for one on YouTube and just hit the play button and let the kids groove on the beat.
Lastly, keep in your mind that there is no rulebook for throwing a party for your child. It is up to you how much you want to spend and save, and how grand or simple to make the celebration. rest assured, it is guaranteed that your child will be thrilled with any party that involves spending quality time with their favourite family and friends, which means you already have what you need to create a memorable birthday celebration without spending a cent. Remember, planning budget-friendly birthday parties for kids should be about having more fun while keeping down the stress.