These days, over a quarter of parents, are spending more than $500 on their kid’s first birthday. It’s easy to see how easily birthday costs can rack up over the years. However, birthday parties don’t have to be expensive to be a lot of fun. It is possible to organize a great New Year’s Party on a budget; the same is true when it comes to giving your kids a birthday party they will love.
Rent out A Space
The most cost-effective place to host your party is at home or if it’s summertime, a local park. However, if you don’t have enough space, consider hiring a venue and kitting it out yourself. Depending on their interests, you may want to center your son or daughter’s party around a particular theme. Whether it be a TV character or a particular animal, you could decorate the venue accordingly and have people come in fancy dress. By keeping things simple and focusing on a few of your child’s key interests, you will have a greater chance of keeping party planning stress to a minimum.
Focus on Games and Activities
Depending on your child’s age, one surefire way to keep the fun factor going is to have some games organized. These don’t need to be anything complicated; kids just love to play. Better yet, science shows that play is good for children’s brain development. If you are having a theme, you could plan some activities related to it. This might be a treasure hunt, an art activity or a collaborative task such as creating an object connected to the theme. Meanwhile, you could have food-based activities, such as creating your own pizza and toppings or decorating cupcakes to take home with you. All these things are kid-friendly, great for groups and low in cost.
Keep the numbers down
It can be tempting to invite the whole class to your kid’s party, particularly if you don’t want to cause offense. However, the more people you invite, the more expensive things are going to become. Keeping the numbers down can also make things less stressful and overwhelming for you, as well as your child (particularly if they are young). So before you commit to numbers, have a careful think about costings per person and how many people you can have to keep things within budget. Also, save money by making your own invitations. The cheapest form of invitation is an email. However, you can also keep costs down by creating your own by hand. Encourage your child to help with the design and then photocopy it.
The takeaway: there are lots of ways to save money and party
Naturally, you want to celebrate your child’s birthday in style and give them a party they won’t forget. Luckily, this doesn’t mean breaking the bank. For younger kids, in particular, playing with friends is the most important aspect of a party, whether that be in a low-key, familiar setting or a big, more expensive venue. Keep things simple, put your child’s and their friends’ interests at the heart of things, include some cake and tasty food, and you’re onto a winner.