Party games

Children’s Parties on a Budget

Children’s birthday parties don’t have to cost the earth to ensure you throw a brilliant affair.  There are cheaper alternatives to everything and they don’t have to be inferior to the more pricey items.

A few quick tips from us would be:

  • Have the bash at home to spare the cost of hiring a venue
  • Dress your home with handmade bunting, balloons and banners
  • Create your own party decorations, games, party bags and food

When you make your own items, the sky’s the limit and you can choose the perfect theme and design that your child will love.

Children’s Party Decorations

You don’t have to spend a huge amount of money to make the venue look fantastic. Balloons, streamers and banners cost fairly little. Jazz the balloons up by attaching colourful ribbon to the strings and cover the table in a themed or coloured table cloth. You could even use wrapping paper as a table runner – be sure it has a fun design on it.

Create your own bunting:

  • Draw or print your chosen design onto A4 paper
  • Cut out a diamond shape then fold it in half length ways
  • Hang each bunting from a piece of string and place wherever you see fit

Party decorations
Image from Gillian Duncan on Pinterest 

Children’s Party Games

There really is no need to fork out for an entertainer. Traditional party games are just as fun with a group of children. The old favourites; pin the tail on the donkey, musical statues, musical bumps and pass the parcel never get old!  Do you remember the chocolate game? Children roll two dice and when they roll a double they have put on a hat, scarf and gloves and then use a knife and fork to cut a piece of chocolate from a bar. They carry on until the next child throws a double – always great fun to play!

Children love having their faces painted so if you know a friend that can do basic face-painting , steal them for the day! Pinterest is a great source of ideas for children’s parties. You may find some different games like the ring toss game pictured below. We have put some ideas for party games together on our Children’s Party Games Pinterest board so take a look!

Party gamesImage from Pinterest

Children’s Party Food

Don’t go overboard with the food. A great way to save money is to buy cardboard meal boxes and fill each one with a tempting selection of goodies. By doing so, you only buy or make the food you need. If you want to make your own nibbles rather than purchase ready-made food from stores, cheese and pineapple on sticks are always popular. Also, fresh fruit, carrot batons and dips are cheap to buy and a healthy choice! Instead of cramming the birthday cake into napkins at the end of the party, serve this as pudding!

Children's party food
Image from Pinterest 

Children’s Party Bags

Make the party bag yourself! Grab yourself some cellophane and coloured ribbon and your DIY goodie bags will look absolutely fantastic. Fill these with a range of pick ‘n’ mix and lollies. Another great alternative is to encourage the children to make something to take home with them. For example, cute cakes or ginger bread men.

Homemade cellophane party bags for childrens parties

Image from Pinterest 

 We hope this post helps you to throw a fabulous party without breaking the bank!

Shaaron xx

Posted in Party Planning.