Kids are probably the most expensive thing you’ll ever have. But you love them, so you continue to make every day as great as possible for them - including their birthday. This dreaded day seems to come more often than once per year. Now, you don’t only have to watch twenty other kids run around, but you have to feed them, rent a bouncy castle, compile party packs, buy a cake, and ensure that every kid is satisfied.
After you’ve spent all your money and time on the party, everyone goes home, and you’re left with a huge mess to clean up. This is understandably quite frustrating and it’s no surprise that most parents loathe hosting parties for their kids. But this mainly comes down to the cost factor, which is usually pretty high. Luckily, there are a variety of things you can do to save some money while still ensuring that everyone is happy.
Don’t Invite The Entire Class
While it may seem like the customary thing to do, it’s really quite unnecessary. For one, your child probably isn’t friends with every single one of their classmates and chances are a few won’t turn up, which means all those extra plates, snacks, and drinks will go to waste. Keeping the party attendees down to a couple of friends also makes it easier to ensure everyone is safe and under your watch.
Make Your Own Cake
While the time investment may seem daunting, sticking to the above rule will mean that the cake doesn’t have to be particularly large or extravagant. They’ll devour it before giving any sort of critique on its visual appearance anyway. The best way to go about getting a cake is to find a plain one at a local store and decorate it yourself, according to the theme of the party. Check out allcakeprices.com for some perspective on what you could be saving.
Buy Solid Colors
Instead of going all out with Spiderman or Frozen-themed plates, cups, napkins and invitation cards, stick to a simpler theme and compensate elsewhere if absolutely necessary. You can pick up some plain party items for a greatly reduced cost this way.
Use Online Printable Templates
Don’t go all the way to a specialist business simply to print a nice invitation. The internet is home to countless templates and beautiful designs that you can print from home. If you want to take it even further, simply print them in black and white and give your kids something to do by having them color them in.
Host Your Own Activities Instead Of Hiring
Clowns are expensive, not to mention terrifying. Instead, come up with some of your own games to keep the little ones entertained. This is especially viable if they’re outside. Anything from pin the tail on the donkey to corn hole will do.
With these tips, your party will be done and dusted in no time. You can also enjoy having a bit of spare change, which you can use to buy your child something memorable as a token of your money-saving prowess.