How to Throw a Children’s Birthday Party on a Budget

If your child’s birthday is coming up, but you’re a bit worried about the added cost of throwing a party, have no fear! There are plenty of ways to throw a fun-filled children’s birthday party if you’re on a budget. Below we cover some tips on some basic ways to keep your costs low without sacrificing any birthday fun, of course.

1. Keep it Small

children's birthday

Don’t go overboard with your guest list. Often a good rule of thumb is to invite the same number of children as your child’s age. If he or she is turning 5, for example, you could invite 5 friends. Not only will this bring your costs down, but it will be easier for you to manage and less chaotic.

2. Pick a Free Venue

birthday party in the park

The best venues are the free ones. If it’s a summer birthday, you could host the party at your local park. If it’s in the winter, why not have it in your own home?

3. Have a Cake-Only Party

kid with birthday cake

There’s no crime in just having cake and ice cream at a child’s birthday party. Your house will be less messy and you’ll save a ton on food. Why not try making a cake at home? With all the great how-to videos and recipes online, making a cake is far more special than having one ordered.

4. Make the Decorations Yourself

mother & son making decorations

Party decorations can get expensive, especially if you’re only using them for the one day. Get your kids involved to help you make some decorations for the party. Make a ‘Happy Birthday’ sign with some paint and glitter and use coloured paper to make party hats, which the kids can then decorate as one of their activities on the day of the party. Check out pound shops for other great decoration options.

5. Be Creative with your Goodie Bags

happy birthday cupcakes

Let’s be honest, passing children’s goodie bags out at the end of a party is not necessary. But, if you want to have one anyway and you’re on a budget, you just need to be a bit creative. If you’re having a garden party, for example, why not send the kids home with a packet of flower seeds to plant at home? Or bake a cupcake to give them wrapped up in some cling film all tied up with a cute ribbon. There are plenty of easy options that don’t require breaking the bank.

6. Choose Games That Don’t Involve Any Extra Spending

birthday games

Classic and traditional games like Duck Duck Goose, Musical Chairs, Follow the Leader, & Pin the Tail on the Donkey are great fun for young kids and are no extra cost to you. You could even make up your own games, using items from around your house that you already have.