When times are tough, we all want affordable ways to give our child the best party within our budget. Here's out top tips for a fun packed party with cost saving ideas:
Tip 1: How many guests to invite?
Tip 2: Planning saves money
Tip 3: Calculating how much food is needed
I ran a Party Venue for several years and mastered the art of just enough food, while understanding what the favourites are.
Consider what the guests you invite like to eat and how much they generally eat.
As a rule of thumb, Boys commonly like 3 savoury and 2 sweet items. Girls like 2 savoury and 3 sweet items. Remember portions don't need to be bigger than the child's palm. If you serve the food to the children you will ensure that everyone has something on their plate and you don't need to make extra food.
If you theme the food this can also save alot of money and add the fun factor. I use to add a tiny drop of red or pink food colouring into budget lemonade and call it Princess Drink. I also offered magical water, that parents were happy to see their child choose.
Cost effective food ideas:
- Popcorn - This was more popular that chippies and can be made at home.
- Seasonal fruit kebabs - keep it to what's cost effective and don't forget things like canned pineapple.
- Fairybread - see our blog on the most popular party food - Fairbread!
- Pizza shapes - pizza made or cut into themed shapes with cookie cutters
- Lollies - portion these in mini cupcake papers
- Brownie or slices - cut into small fingers
- Shaped sandwiches - cut into themed shapes with cookie cutters
- Sausage rolls - homemade are cost effective and work for adults too
- Chocolate crackles
- Mini fish and chips
See our blog Party food on a budget for recipes and more information.
Tip 4: Making the cake
Making the cake yourself can save hundreds of dollars. Even if you have never made a cake before we are happy to help you with ideas to work within your budget. Hiring a cake tin or purchasing an edible image are really simple and cost effective ways to make a cake.
Another option for the cake is to pile up some donuts, add some sprinkles and candles for something a little different and easy to make.
Tip 5: Entertainment on a budget
If you invest a little time in organising some party games to have at home, this can save alot of money, rather than hiring a venue, entertainer or going to an activity. Regardless of age, pass the pastel is the most popular game and the prize is best to not be too expensive.
If you don't want to have the party at home, for older kids you can organise them into teams and run a scavenger hunt. Stickers or tattoos are inexpensive prizes.
See our other blogs on themed parties and party games for more details.
Tip 6: How to theme without increasing the budget
Some generic themes like pirate and princess maybe more cost effective than some of the licensed themes. See our sale pages for a range of discounted products, that you can use for a cheaper price. In saying that even licensed themes can be done in a cost effective manner. For example use coloured plates and cups that suit the theme with the licensed napkins.
Tip 7: Amazing decorations on budget
There are lots of re-usable party decorations, that can be used in different ways for each party. We sell personalised banners that you can change to use every occasion. Choose colours to suit your theme and decorate with honeycomb balls, chinese lanterns and fans.
Scene setters are often a cost effective party decoration as you can hand it in your child room after the party. It also makes a big impact in the room.
As they say a party is not a party without balloons. My suggestion is not to go for the cheapest on the market as there is nothing worse than you balloons popping before the party is over.
Tip 8: Party Bags or not?
Party bags started out being the bag that you put a piece of cake in for the child to take home, since then others have added keepsakes to say thank you for attending the party.
It is your choice if you want to provide a party bag or not. One point to consider, is if not providing a party bag, there may not be a signal for party goes to leave. Some cost effective party bag ideas are:
- A bag with a sticker sheet and piece of cake
- A cupcake in a box
- A helium balloon (use these as a decoration at the party them give away when children leave.
- A photo of the children in front of the scene setter (also used as decoration at the party).
Tip 9: Free advice to consider
Tip 10: Remove the stress and add the fun!
Let's not loose sight of what it's all about. Consider what is important to your child and sometimes it's the little things. It might be a party hat or blower. It may even surprise you. Try including them in the planning or alternatively surprise them, which ever will help your budget.
Enjoy the day!
Our party Consultants are happy to help you in anyway, please contact us.