We all want to throw an awesome birthday party for our kids – a really memorable one but are often unable to do so due to financial constraints. But the fact is birthdays don't necessarily need to be an expensive affair for it to be successful and enjoyable for children! The trick is to think about the activities your child likes, and then come up with birthday party ideas that incorporate his or her interest. Here are some suggestions for planning a great birthday party on a shoe-string budget.
Stick to the keep it simple mantra as much as possible. Consider the following 2 options for invites:
− DIY invites: Have your child make his/her own party invites utilizing their creative ideas.
− e-vites: You can scan your child's drawing and send it by email along with the party details, or use the services of e-invitation websites
(e.g. https://www.evite.com/) to create and send the invitations.
If you plan to have the party at home, you will have the added advantage of calling all of your child's close friends without worrying too much about the expense, especially since a flat headcount cost is not involved.
There's nothing as wonderful as kid's art to use as decoration at birthday parties. Help your child cut some construction paper into interesting shapes. Get some glitter and glue and make drawings to post around the house and accent them with crepe paper and balloons. This will not only make your party décor unique but also make your child very proud! You could also make a one-time investment in a set of reusable party decorations (look for ones that are not age-specific), and just buy balloons and streamers each year.
Buy disposable eco-friendly plates, cups, and cutlery from a local grocery store to save costs. An even better idea is to invest in a set of kid-friendly party ware which will last many years. This will save you from the recurring party ware expenses every year, in addition to doing your bit to save the planet!
Another advantage of having a birthday party at home is that you get to control what foods to put on the table. You can have kid-friendly food using good quality ingredients, without compromising on the quality. All of the following tasty food items can be prepared at home with ease!
If you have outdoor space, you could plan a football tournament or a cricket match before the party takes off. Kids love playing an entire match with their friends as birthday parties are rare occasions where they get such a big group of friends to play outdoor games!
In case you don't have sufficient outdoor space, you can plan for traditional indoor games like Dumb Charades, Antakshari, Passing the Parcel, Musical Chair, or even trivial games of skill – when played with their best buddies even these seemingly ordinary games become extraordinary and a whole lot of fun!
You could give meaningful long-lasting party favors like potted plants, school stationery, cookie cutters, and of course lots of candies. Planting the seed in a pot can be a party activity, and they get to take home their own plant.
Talk to your child ahead of time explaining your decision for organizing a simple birthday party.Explain the values that drive your decisions, whether you are concerned about the environment and therefore don't want to purchase plastic trinkets made thousands of kilometers away, or whether money is tight and your family needs to be watchful about how it is spent. As a final benefit, involving your child in the party budget and letting them help make decisions on how to spend the budgeted amount will help teach them valuable lessons in personal finance.