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While birthdays and parties can be enjoyable for anyone, few things compare to a child’s celebration. Nothing can compare to the joy of seeing a child’s face light up when they receive gifts, games, and cake.
However, this doesn’t mean children’s parties can’t be fun and games for parents. It can be stressful to plan and pay for a child’s party. However, it doesn’t have to be. Do you want to throw the best party possible on a tight budget? It’s possible, but not impossible. Don’t think so! These tips can help you, and your budget, to make the right decisions.
DecorationsDecorations can be the perfect way to set the stage for an incredible party. Decorations can make your child’s party more exciting and fun for all guests. It doesn’t need to cost a lot. To keep your budget in check, here are some decoration ideas:
String lights: These lights are relatively inexpensive and children love their fairy-like appeal. String lights can be wound through trees, hung from walls or draped over patios. String lights will set an atmosphere and make your guests glow with laughter.
Bold, simple colors are best: You can add volume to your decor with banners, streamers, and balloons that you can make or buy at your local dollar shop. Spend less on decorations and save money for some amazing focal points. You can use black and red for a pirate theme party and accent it with centerpiece decorations such as a pinata from a pirate ship.
Hang paper flowers: You can make a fun atmosphere at a child’s party using tissue paper or cardstock.
Food and DrinkBirthday parties shouldn’t just include traditional cake or ice cream. Your budget can be the most expensive. You will want to ensure that everyone has enough food, and you might also need to consider allergies. Invitees should be asked to tell you about any allergies they may have. You can create a budget once you have an idea of how many people you expect to invite and what the balance will be.
Finger food: Easy grab-and go snacks for kids and adults. You can make tasty, quick finger foods at home, such as veggie shooters or pizza pinwheels.
Make-Yourself: Children love being creative. A make-yourself station can save you time and effort. You can let them decorate cupcakes, make candied apples, or even make pizzas.
Grilling: Are you looking for a way to feed many guests while still keeping your costs down? Grilling outside can offer the best value for your money. Grill some burgers, hotdogs and corn and put a condiments stand. For a quick and easy meal that will please a large crowd, add chips with dip to the mix along with some fresh vegetables.
Parents who are throwing a party themed around superheroes and princesses can use any of the above ideas to add some flair. You could also add food coloring, such as red and yellow to Superman’s finger foods, or red, blue, and white to Captain America’s. Make-yourself stations can be outfitted with toppings such as crowns, wands or other items for princesses.
EntertainmentKeeping children happy, regardless of their age, can be hard. There are many ways to make the most of what you have. If you host a party themed around rock ‘n’ roll, you can organize a “battle for the bands” using your Rock Band videogame. Children love interaction and engagement with others and the activities they are participating in. This engagement can be achieved in a number of ways:
At a superhero party, let kids create and wear their capes.
A princess party is a great way to bring out the glamour.
Create treasure maps for your backyard to help kids find hidden treasure.
Even if there isn’t a theme to your party, you can still make it fun for your guests by organizing scavenger and talent hunts, bookmaking workshops and backyard obstacle courses. Parties that are entertainment-themed are all about creating memories. This will ensure that your child has a lot of fun at his or her next birthday.