For children’s birthday parties, the possibilities are endless and your imagination can really run away with you. This is great for the kids, not so much the parents when it comes to footing the bill! If you do not set out a budget at the start and stick to it, you can find the cost of unplanned extras such as party bags and children’s entertainers in Milton Keynes quickly racking up and before you know it, the bill has gone into its thousands!
The main way to cut costs for children’s birthday all depends on how many children you are looking to invite. If your child is after an expensive day out, for example a trip to a theme park, you can get away with taking a small group of kids. If your child wants to invite their whole class, which could be up to 30 children, hosting a party in your own garden (if you have the space) will cut costs of hiring out a venue. Hosting for a lot of children will mean that you will usually need some sort of entertainment put on, although costs can also be kept down by preparing party food yourself instead of buying it in. What can keep the children entertained for the whole afternoon? We have put together a list for all budgets to give you a little inspiration…
- Outdoor Cinema – If you can get your child and a few of their friends to write a small list of their favourite films, and buy or borrow a projector and a screen, putting on a show of your child’s favourite films is a great, cost effective celebration. Set out lots of bean bags, cushions, and blankets and really go to town on the birthday tea. Supply traditional cinema food such as hot dogs, nachos, ice cream, popcorn and fizzy drinks. They will have their very own private cinema, and no one will be asking them to be quiet! This is a great idea for a summer evening in the garden.
- Children’s entertainers – Hiring an experienced children’s entertainer can take the pressure off you. Most entertainers provide different packages depending on how much you are looking to spend, from an hour or two of entertainment, or a full day of music, games, face painting, and prizes.
- Messy Party – Don’t be scared off by the title, give this a chance! For a summer birthday party in the garden, supply the kids with silly string and water based paints, lay out some paper and leave them to it! Just be sure to specify on invites that children should wear old clothes!