Follow these steps to create a great, low cost party.

When it comes to party planning I don’t think you can ever be too prepared. Yes it’s ok to think about what type of party you'll be throwing months in advance, in fact, that’s one of the best things you can do. 

My Top 10 Tips To Throwing A Great Low Cost Kids Party 

  1. Consider holidays/events, weather and layout of the location when choosing the date, venue, theme and budget.
  2. Think about your budget and the size of your venue. How many guests will you be able to cater for?
  3. Choose a theme. Some themes will be more expensive then others. The less specific and more vague the theme, the cheaper it will generally be.
  4. Make the invitations yourself and if possible hand them out instead of mailing them. If you know someone can’t make it then don’t give them an invite. If everyone you want to invite is on Facebook then you don’t have to make invites at all, just create a Facebook event!
  5. Make as much as you can yourself. Paper wheels, tissue paper pompoms, head circlets, paper flowers, paper chains etc. and make them weeks and weeks in advance over a few days so it’s not overwhelming and is still enjoyable.
  6. Spring clean your house the week or fortnight before the party so you don’t have to hire a cleaner the day before. It also makes cleaning up the next day a breeze.
  7. Source your supplies from the cheapest possible place. Our local shopping centre has two party shops, both have similar products and are very close to each other yet Miss Three’s candle was $3.50 at one store and $2 at the other! I'll keep my $1.50 thank you.
  8. Use what you already have. I involved the trampoline, the sandpit and let kids play with the toys we have. There was a bubble station using all the bubble blowers we've collected/or not lost over the years.
  9. Make activities that involve things you would probably do anyway. Things like “decorate your own cupcake”.
  10. Buy in bulk. I bought the mini bubbles, soft drinks, water bottles and anything else I knew I would use again in bulk.  

To have a budget party you need to have your budget, and stick to it!

Here is a comparison of my two children’s birthday party’s which were held 4 months apart from each other.

 

 Mister One’s 1st birthday party in October 2013 

Theme: Formula One Ferrari Racing Cars

  • Invitations - $60 Custom designed and printed online
  • Activities - $80 Toy hire, ordered online
  • Food - $100 Sausage sizzle, candy table, cupcakes and cake pops
  • Decorations - $350 Bought online and delivered
  • Lolly Bags - $50 (Custom chocolate bars, DIY trophy with mini M&M’s, toys and lollies)
  • Printables - $80 custom designed and printed at Officeworks
  • Cake - $40 Cake mix x 2, shop bought fondant with marshmallow added, toy cars and candle
  • Extras - $70 Cardboard cut-out of Fernando Alonso *ordered online from the UK

Total = $830

Miss Three’s 3rd birthday party in February 2014

Theme: Confetti/Pompoms 

  • Invitations - $8 DIY Designed and printed at home
  • Activities - $30 DIY activities using budget items
  • Food - $50 Jelly cups, cupcakes, cake pops, party sausage rolls & pies, mini quiches, cocktail frankfurts etc.
  • Decorations - $40 DIY  Supplies were purchased from Kmart and $2 shops
  • Lolly Bags - $40 DIY decorated. Content was bought on sale (lollies, chocolates and toys)
  • Printables - $5 Done at home
  • Cake - $8 Butter cake mix, left over cupcakes and leftover candy for decoration + candle
  • Extras - $210 Clown hired for 1 & ½ hours and included prizes for the children

 Total = $391

 

If you would like to know more about either birthday party please leave a comment below.

 What are your party saving tricks?

 

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+2 # Eleise 2014-03-11 15:38
That is a huge difference. I haven't ventured into the party planning yet, I am avoiding parties to be honest! Lol I am waiting until they had a core group of friends so that we don't have to invite the whole class, that is my cost saving hint! Cute parties!
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+1 # Cam 2014-03-11 19:55
wow thats a huge difference in price. i always do our own invites on the computer at home cheap as
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+1 # Lisa 2014-03-11 19:56
I love those cake pops and the tea cups so cute
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+2 # Sheridan 2014-03-11 21:12
Oh my goodness Nic! You have really gone all out haven't you!? I cannot wait until I have a little one to throw parties for, especially parties at home. They were always my favourite xox
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+1 # iSophie 2014-03-12 09:42
It's really easy to overspend! I found just doing everything myself and not buying decorations helps a lot. Also, play centre party ended up bring cheap in comparison and no mess at home!
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