- Think about your child’s interests and plan a theme to match. Whether its pirate-themed or something based on a recent movie, you can transform the birthday room into something awesome. You don’t need a lot of money to do it, either. While we talked about hiring a boat in one of our previous articles, you can still follow our link and focus on our crafty ideas. Get your kids to wear fancy dress, and you can have a boat adventure in your own living room. Stick on the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie as well, and throw in some home cooked popcorn.
- There’s an expensive tradition where parents invite EVERY child from their child’s class at school. Guess what? You don’t have to, as you can save yourself a lot of money by only inviting a few. Ask your child to pick out their best friends and have a small gathering at home, or take them out for a cheap meal at a fast food joint. Your child won’t get as many presents, but at least he will get some undivided attention.
- You don’t need to hire a room for a couple of hours, or take your kids to a costly leisure centre for fun and games. You can make your own fun at home, with party games, both traditional and otherwise, that don’t cost a dime. If it’s a nice day, you might even play games at the local park, taking along a picnic to cut down on the party food you would make at home. Furthermore, you can invite the other parents along too, and share the expense of buying food between you.
- If you are preparing food at home, you don’t need to break your bank in the process. For starters, making your own birthday cake is cheaper than buying something in the store, or you might ask one of your friends to produce something if your baking skills are flatter than the finished product you usually end up with. When it comes to the rest of the food, make it a bring and share party, or use the ideas on Mumsnet which are tasty yet affordable.
- Do any of your friends or family have hidden talents? Why hire a magician or a clown when you may have somebody near to you with the appropriate skills. Alternatively, get your kids to entertain each other. Have a talent show where your children can showcase the best (or worst) of their abilities, and have a prize for everybody who takes part. We can’t guarantee every act will be a success, but at least you will all have fun.
These are only a few ideas, but if you have any tricks up your sleeve for a birthday party on a budget, be sure to let us know.