Hosting your child a birthday party they’ll never forget doesn’t need to break your budget. There are many things you can do to reduce costs that won’t affect the enjoyment of the party. Read on to learn of our top tips for hosting a party with a small budget.
Digital Invitations Going digital and ditching printed party invites will help you save a fair bit of money on what it would normally cost you to design and print paper invites. The easiest option would be to send out an email or text message to the parents with the party details. Or if you still want a formal invitation, you could design it online and send out in a bulk email. Either way, you will save yourself money and have the invites sorted quicker than ever.
Affordable Party Food Food is an absolute necessity when hosting a birthday party, however it doesn’t need to be a lavish sit down meal or cost a tonne. Ordering pizza takeaway for pick up or delivery is both an easy and affordable option. It’s also great for guests because they can take as little or as much as they like without feeling obliged to finish an entire meal. Along with this, you should also provide your guests with some drinks, but don’t feel the need to splurge on expensive bottles of soft drink from the pizza stores. You can make up something just as good at home. You could buy a large bottle of cordial and put it in individual bottles or a grab a big jug for each person to help themselves to.
Embrace Traditional Games Instead of paying for an expensive party host and hired entertainment, be prepared to entertain the kids yourself with some classic free games! You can play Duck, Duck Goose, Simon Says and Charades all for no cost. Plus, these games suit a variety of ages and traditionally have been enjoyed by all! You can play them in the park, at your house or at any hired venue, making it a desirable option for party entertainment.
Make Your Own Cake Making a cake can be fun and also very inexpensive. You can buy a cake mix from your local grocery store and frost the cake yourself. You might also prefer to make cupcakes with different colours and make different coloured icing for fun. Combining icing sugar, milk and butter will give you a beautiful icing with a creamy consistency, just like you had it professionally prepared.
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Plan Ahead Starting your party planning early will allow you to snag all the best bargains and give you time to comparison shop. Another great benefit is that you will save yourself from buying any last minute overprice items you’ve forgotten which can blow out your budget. A few months before the party you can start to look out for bargain party decorations, cups, plates and all the other party must-haves. You can even do this even further in advance and purchase items that could fit for other occasions to get the most bang for your buck.