Your kid’s birthday party is a fun time and exciting for everyone, family and friends alike. There’s a lot to do from deciding on a theme to inviting the guests to decorating and acquiring a birthday cake. All of this can be a great time, but for many parents the idea of getting all of the required materials and party elements together can be stressful, especially when they’re on a budget.
No Need to Stress
Fortnately, there is no need to stress out too much when planning a kid’s birthday party when money is tight. There are many simple to implement things that you can do to make a great party that your kid will love. Preparing well in advance and being properly organized makes a big difference in how much money you will need to spend to get the party off the ground.
Save on the Party Location
Many of the venues available for parties come with a hefty price tag and are seriously out of reach of young parents with limited funds. Check with the local restaurants that offer party services and see if the charges are based on a per child fee or if it’s simply a base price overall. Many places will provide the cake, decorations and games as part of the complete package. If there are no venues available locally that fit your budget, then just have your party at your house or at the home of a family member. Also, your church may allow parents to use their multi-purpose room for a small fee or gratuity.
Save Money on the Decorations
Although there are a multitude of birthday party supplies available on the internet and locally, there’s no need to spend a fortune on every single party supply that has your kid’s favorite character on it. Take a few of your child’s favorite character toys and use them as the basic theme, and then supplement with simple solid color plates, napkins, cups and balloons etc. Use your cake as the centerpiece with balloons on the sides for a splash of color. Also, don’t waste money on theme games either, just make your own using the toys that go along with the theme, such as ‘Hot Potato’ using a stuffed toy.
Be Creative With the Birthday Cake
The birthday cake is one of the main elements of a kid’s birthday party, so having a great cake is important. However, some bakeries charge an arm and a leg for a large sheet cake complete with toppers and artwork. Some parents select basic cakes without toppers or art and then add small plastic toys that their kid already owns. Others make their own cake using one of the many character cake pans available online or in retail stores. You can also make cupcakes and arrange them on a cupcake centerpiece tier tray. Supplement with little toys that match the theme and you have a cute arrangement that kids will love. Having cupcakes can also remove the need for paper plates since the kids can hold the cupcakes in the cake liners.
Planning and throwing a wonderful kid’s birthday party does not have to cost a fortune. Prepare well and use your imagination to find affordable alternatives to the expensive theme birthday supplies. Your child will have a great, exciting party that friends and family will enjoy.
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