One of the things that you do for your child that can cost a lot of money is to throw a birthday party. From decorations to food, the components that go into making sure the party is a success can be rather expensive, especially if there is any kind of theme involved as you likely want to get everything to match. Consider some of the ideas that won’t break the bank but that will still ensure that your child has the best birthday celebration possible.
1. Stuffed Animals
This is a fun idea for toddlers. They usually won’t look at all of the details of the party as they aren’t old enough to really think about anything except enjoying the food, fun and gifts. Each child who is invited can bring a favorite teddy bear or another stuffed animal. This can provide comfort for children who are dropped off for the party who haven’t been away from their parents for long periods of time. Decorations and food can have an animal theme. Use the child’s stuffed animals as centerpieces on the tables, or get new stuffed animals that can be given as gifts.
2. Book Characters
If your child likes to read, then consider asking the children to come to the party dressed like a favorite character from a book. Crafts and games can focus on who comes to the party, such as making crowns for girls. Cupcakes are ideal to serve as food. Play a scavenger hunt where the guest of honor and friends get to search for books that will be given as gifts.
3. Craft Party
This is one of the easiest kinds of parties to do on a budget. It’s one that older children and teens might enjoy as it doesn’t involve anything that’s really childish. Gather a few supplies together, put them on a table, and let the kids go to work making everything from jewelry to pictures. If the child’s birthday is close to a holiday, consider letting everyone make crafts in a related theme. For a gift idea, give a large box with craft supplies that the child can use when bored or to if there is a spark of creativity.
4. Sleepover Fun
Invite a few close friends over for a fun night of watching movies, playing games and eating. Everyone can wear their pajamas to the party, saving time later so that everyone won’t be trying to get in the bathroom at one time. Guests can make homemade pizzas, decorate cupcakes and enjoy a few other treats before playing games or watching movies. Make sure children go to bed at some point as some of them might not be in a good mood the next day. This is an idea if you don’t have the money to spend on a lot of decorations as you can use a lot of the items around the house for the party or get items at a dollar store, such as tablecloths and plates.
5. Chef Party
If your child likes to cook, then invite a few friends to the birthday party to cook a few simple meals. Invitations can be index cards with a simple recipe, and the decorations can be cooking utensils and other items that are used in the kitchen.
While this might sound like an expensive party idea, it’s really not if you plan ahead. Get items at a discount store so that you’re not spending a lot of money. “This party can be held in the back yard so that you don’t have to rent a venue,” said Mid-Atlantic Adventures. Ask a few friends to help with games and get small prizes in bulk as they won’t be as expensive. Add balloons and streamers for decorations, and use popcorn, cotton candy and corn dogs as food.