Throwing a party for the kids in your life is a fun way to help them create memories that will last a lifetime. But you don’t need to break the bank to do it! Here are our 5 tips to throw a kids party on a budget.
1. Start planning early
Planning ahead always reduces stress when planning for any kind of celebration, but it becomes even more important when you’re planning on a budget. Starting early will give you time to decide what you want to spend the most money on and time to compare prices on items you need.
2. Avoid branded décor
While most kids will surely want their party to be themed around their favorite TV show or movie, that doesn’t mean you have to spend your savings on branded party items at specialty stores. Go for coordinating colors for most of your party essentials, with just a few balloons or posters with branded images.
3. Reuse or rent
Since you’re now on the lookout for some simple colored plates, napkins, table linens, and other party supplies, see what you can find around the house. If you can’t find what you need in your own home, rent what you can to save some money, be a little kinder to the environment, and reduce the daunting clean up tasks.
4. Skip a big meal
Supplying food for all the party guests can add up to a major cost. Instead of hosting a party during lunch or dinnertime, try to aim for mid-afternoon, when the most you’ll need to provide is a couple easy snacks and maybe a celebratory cake (bake it yourself for some added savings).
5. Focus on free or cheap activities
Forget splurging on a big bounce house or an entertainer for the kids. They will be plenty entertained with some free or cheap activities, like yard games or simple crafts that they can bring home with them (these can even double as party favors).
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