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!
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.