Planning a children’s birthday party is a lot more expensive than it used to be. Many parents feel increasing pressure to go all out, which isn’t always within the family budget. Luckily there are plenty of easy ways to get creative for your child’s birthday, making sure they have a fantastic time with friends and family, without breaking the bank. These 6 suggestions feature some great kids party ideas for a celebration they won’t forget.
If your home isn’t your preferred venue or your garden is on the small side, a birthday party in the park can make for a memorable occasion (provided the weather is on your side of course). You can bring picnic blankets or use the park’s facilities, whilst parks with a play area have the bonus of built in entertainment. Heading to the beach is another option, but make sure there are plenty of adults there to supervise! Think of some great games the kids can play together and make sure you bring plenty to drink as well as sun cream to avoid any misery on the day.
A Trip To The Movies
Going to the cinema is an easy way to keep children occupied for a couple of hours, and if you have some food in the house beforehand and take your own snacks with you, you can be sure of saving some money. Rather than going to see the latest blockbuster, why not look on your local cinema’s website to see if they have special deals available for children – normally on a Saturday and Sunday mornings. Another option is to turn your living room into a cinema with some popcorn, sweets and ice cream. You could even create movie tickets as invitations to keep within the theme!
Have A Baking Party
Most kids like to get messy in the kitchen, so if you can cope with the clearing up at the end, why not have a baking party? Whether it’s cupcakes or muffins or some cookies which they can decorate themselves, there are plenty of options available to you to help keep them occupied with a fun activity for a few hours. You could award prizes for the tastiest or best decorated item.
Find Out What’s On In Your Local Area
During the summer months especially, there are usually some free events taking place in your local area on weekends. From food festivals to free live music concerts, you’ll be surprised at what’s on offer. Scope it out and find out what activities are available for children and pack a picnic for a fun afternoon. This is a great way to support your local community as well as create some wonderful memories.
Organise A Treasure Hunt
If you’re having a party at home and you’re stuck for ideas, a treasure hunt is a great idea, and can last as long as you like. Have them split into groups and hide clues all around the home or garden leading them to a prize or another activity. It will take some pre-planning on your part but will certainly be worth it.
Have A Dance/Magician Or Circus Lesson
Entertainment can be one of the biggest expenses at a birthday party, but there are some ways around it. Having the kids learn a dance routine or some football skills is a fun way for them to spend a couple of hours and can be affordable if you look in the right places. Contact some local people who teach these things in community and sports centres, and you’ll find that they’ll charge much lower prices than those who specialise in children’s birthday parties. Or, perhaps you have a friend or know of a fellow mum or dad who has a particular skill in one of these areas.
There are plenty of ways to cut costs for children’s birthday parties. Websites and Apps such as Pinterest has some great ideas for food and arts and crafts, whilst many money saving sections of newspapers and magazines have some ideas too. There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy some great savings on your child’s birthday party and still have an unforgettable time.