Children’s parties are very exciting, but they can be quite costly. There are a lot of things you need to prepare besides food, and entertaining energetic children can prove to be more than your budget can handle.
But don’t fret! Here are some tips and ideas that can help you host a fun and festive kids’ party on a budget.
Set your priorities
Before shopping for supplies, set your priorities. If the celebrant is in grade school, you’ll probably want to spend more on games than other things. Or, if your little guests are pre-schoolers, you may want to prioritize buying supplies for arts and crafts.
Make your own decorations with the kids
Decorations are one of the most important elements of a children’s party, since they set the mood for a fun and exciting celebration. Why not get your children involved in the process? Start the project and give them instructions on how to continue it. Tell them that their artwork will be displayed at the party to inspire them to put some extra effort into their creations. If the birthday celebrant has accumulated a collection of artwork, turn it into the main piece of décor for the party.
Plan your guest list well
Plan well and aim to have a small guest list. Since having fewer guests can keep your overall costs down, you can dedicate more of the budget to preparing quality party favors, prizes and games for the kids. Invite only friends and relatives who have children, and consider having a separate celebration for adults without children at a later time.
Choose a theme
Picking a theme helps you decide on things you need to buy and need to do. Knowing that you will be having a cupcake party, for example, will keep you focused on looking only for cupcake themed napkins, favors, games, prizes and decorations. To keep costs down, choose generic themes instead of ones featuring licensed characters. For example, a rainbow-themed party will cost you less than a Hello Kitty one.
Instead of ordering custom-made invites or printing out homemade invitations, why not email your invites to your guests instead? You can maximize your creative freedom with an online invitation without worrying about how many pages or how many colors the design will use. You can even send out a video invite to make it more personalized.
Before you shop for party supplies, look for things in the house that you can reuse or recycle. Scratch paper can be made into an origami centerpiece. You can also create your own party favor bags with dyed newspaper, unused Cartolina or Manila paper.
Children’s parties usually have magicians and clowns to entertain the children. Instead of getting a professional, why not teach yourself a magic trick or two or challenge yourself to lead a storytelling session? Organize some exciting games or teach the kids some crafts that will keep them well behaved as they wait for the food to be served. Set up play stations that cater to different interests where each child can go and have fun.
Remember that sticking to your budget doesn’t have to lead to a lackluster party. Use your innovative mind to make the young ones happy on their special day.