Guest Post By: Olivia Nicholas
It is normal for you to think twice before throwing a costly birthday party for a child. However, it can’t be denied that birthdays are a very special event and that they are moments in time that can never be replaced. That said, this article provides you with some very useful and practical tips on how you can throw a fun yet frugal birthday party for your child.
Celebrate at home or at a public park
Not many people realize that one of the most expensive aspects of a birthday party is the choice of venue. Birthday parties that are held in fancy country clubs and pricey function rooms often dent the budget significantly. That said, be wise with your choice of venue and hold the party at a public park or your backyard. This will help you save a significant amount of money.
Ask a friend or a relative to play the part of photographer
A birthday party is only as good as the memories that are made, and you want to be able to capture all these priceless moments on film or on video. However, you don’t have to break the bank while you are at it.
If you have a friend or a relative who has a special interest in photography, why not ask him or her to act as the official photographer during the party? This person will surely appreciate the opportunity to hone his or her skills. You can thank him or her with a special token after the party.
Prepare the food yourself
When it comes to food, know that there is no strict rule stating that you need to hire a professional caterer. It is much more economical to prepare your own dishes to serve at the birthday party. Staple party food includes burgers, fries, potato salad, green salad, hotdogs, ice cream and cake.
There is no need to order a birthday cake from a bakeshop either—bake the cake yourself and turn it into a fun bonding activity by asking your child to help out. If you aren’t up for preparing any food, you can indicate on the invites that you will be holding a dessert party. This tells your guests that they shouldn’t show up to the party with empty stomachs.
Choose your guests wisely
Some parents feel the pressure to invite every single person that they know or that their child has come into contact with. But the truth is, you can keep the guest list as small as you would like.
Whether it’s strictly family-only or just the kids that your child goes to school with or plays sports with, the decision is entirely up to you. Obviously, the smaller the number of guests that you invite, the less food and the fewer favours that you will have to prepare.
Get smart with entertainment
There is no need to spend a lot when it comes to providing entertainment for the guests. It is easy to keep children amused and you can do this by asking a goofy uncle to perform a few magic tricks or dress up as a clown for the day. You can also forego games that require purchases such as piñatas or pin the tail on the donkey.
Choose more traditional party games instead like musical chairs, tag, hide and seek, or board games that you already have on hand. Get creative and brainstorm on ideas.
These are only some pieces of advice that you can use as you think of ways on how you can throw a fun yet frugal birthday party. Amidst all the preparations and fuss, don’t forget to take a moment to breathe and relax. After all, birthday celebrations are supposed to be fun.
Guest Author Byline
Olivia Nicholas is a busy mom to two boys and a freelance writer for Storkie. She enjoys sharing what she has learned in the trenches of parenthood with other moms and dads.