SMART SHOP­PER

Like in all ar­eas of life it helps to start with a bud­get, but with a lit­tle plan­ning and cre­ativ­ity, you can still host a kids’ party that will im­press!

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Our read­ers and ex­perts tell us how to host a kid’s party with­out spend­ing a small for­tune.

1 PARTY PLAN­NER

Find out if your child’s friends have a birth­day around the same time and have a joint party. Not only will you share costs, but also the prepa­ra­tion and run­ning around. Pick a theme early to give your­self enough time to shop around for the best dis­counts.

2 FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Host your party in the morn­ing or af­ter­noon, so you’re only sup­ply­ing snacks in­stead of a meal. Choose party food that is wal­let friendly, such as fairy bread and cheese sand­wiches, and re­mem­ber, when it comes to party bags, kids are easily wooed so keep it sim­ple!

3 OLD SCHOOL, STILL COOL

The key to a good party is lots of games. Pass the par­cel and eat the dough­nut off a string don’t cost much to put on and are still a favourite to this day! Another idea is to host a mini Olympics or cre­ate your own play­land us­ing sports equip­ment and card­board boxes.

4 COST TO HOST

Kids ac­tiv­ity cen­tres are great at re­duc­ing the amount you have to or­gan­ise (and your stress) but this of­ten comes at a price. Usu­ally, a min­i­mum num­ber of guests are re­quired and with prices rang­ing from $15 to $40 per child it can quickly add up. If you can, choose a weekday af­ter school when prices are a lit­tle less.

5 EASY EN­TER­TAIN­ING

If the idea of try­ing to amuse the kids at home is daunt­ing, head to your lo­cal park. There are of­ten pic­nic ar­eas you can re­serve for free and play equip­ment to keep the lit­tlies en­ter­tained.

6 SET THE MOOD

Avoid party shops and in­stead head to a $2 shop to find party dec­o­ra­tions and prizes. If you’re hav­ing a theme, look online for free down­loads as li­censed char­ac­ters on prod­ucts can be quite ex­pen­sive. Or com­pro­mise and in­stead of a life-size Dora piñata, stick with Dora in­vi­ta­tions and party bags.

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