How to keep down the cost of kids’ parties

1. Decide on your budget and stick to it.
2. Share with another family. If there’s another child with a birthday at a similar time, why not hold a joint party and split the cost. This works especially well if they have the same group of friends.
3. Keep the numbers down. Don’t feel obliged to ask the whole class.
4. Ditch the party bags. The other parents will thank you. How many mini plastic yoyos does one child need? It’s usually cheaper to buy one decent small gift e.g. a colouring book and pens from a pound store than party bags full of small “disposable” toys.
5. Make your own food. It’s nearly always cheaper, tastier and healthier.
6. Don’t overdo it on the food. Hyper-excited kids will only pick. So have a variety of small snack foods but don’t make too much – you’ll be finishing of plates of sandwiches for days!
7. Serve squash, water and own brand pop – not expensive branded drinks.
8. Take advantage of special offers. Sweets, biscuits etc. are often on special offer so think ahead and stock up when you see non-perishable goodies on offer.
9. Make your own invitations. Your child will enjoy designing their own invitations which you can print off or photocopy cheaply. Better still email them if you can.
10. Don’t assume party entertainers are the expensive option. Ring round and get quotes. Sometimes they can offer great value compared to buying in activities and party bags.
11. Look for discounts. Some party entertainers offer good discounts e.g. 10% off if you quote “Kidsguide”. See Kidsguide’s party entertainers pages.
12. Hold the party mid-week. Many bouncy castles suppliers, party venues etc. offer generous discounts for mid-week hire.
13. If possible, hold the party at home. Hiring a hall really adds to the cost.
14. Don’t buy expensive decorations. Balloons are cheap and effective. Maybe your children will enjoy making decorations? It’s all part of the fun build-up to the party!
15. Play traditional games that need no special equipment. Kids love them!
16. Keep it short – 2 hours is plenty.
17. Relax and have fun!

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