The short answer is yes. Your child may have been to some fancy-pants birthday parties, and they may be begging you to throw the same level of bank-breaking party for them – but that might just not be an option. Sometimes logic wins, and if you gave them the straight option between spending the budget on a present for them or a party, they may change their mind! But that does not mean that you cannot throw the world’s greatest children’s party on a tight budget. Here are our top tips to help you make the most of your pennies:
1. Involve your child
You may think that the food is the most important thing at the party and be happy to blow 90% of the budget on that…but what does your kid think? It’s their party and whether it is a success or failure will be decided by them and them alone – so get the birthday child involved! Find out what they loved the most about the fancy-pants birthday parties, because it may be something as low-cost as the games they played and suddenly you’ve saved yourself a small fortune on canapes!
2. Don’t invite the whole school
Inviting only your child’s best friends in order to keep the numbers down will not only save you a few pennies, it will probably increase the quality of the party! Smaller groups tend to have more fun as no one is left out and everyone knows each other well. By keeping the numbers low it means less food, prizes, party bags and a smaller venue – all of which can go a long way to helping you reduce the budget.
3. Consider having the party at home
If you keep the numbers low, and you’re lucky enough to have the space at home, then hosting a house or garden party can also be a great way to save money. Catering the party yourself and doing your own decorations can also be an easy way of reducing costs.
4. Spend money on the important things
Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves. By making sure that you invest in the important things, like entertainment and cake, the rest of the party will fall into place! Forget expensive decorations, and instead invest in a professional children’s entertainer so that you can relax while the party is taken care of. Your bank balance stays happy, and you are not run ragged – it’s a win win!
We have a range of party options if you’re struggling with the cost of a kid’s party in London. Occasions For All Children can help you make the most of your budget and still give your child the birthday party they’ve always dreamed of.