We all remember the childhood birthday parties we had as kids. Most of the time it involved traditional games like pin the tail on the donkey and a delicious cake. These days, parties have become more and more extravagant, using jumping castles or fancy restaurants. If you are looking for a memorable but affordable children’s birthday party, however, here are some ideas that won’t break the bank.
Teddy Bear party
An adorable and easy-to-organise party idea involves stuffed animals. Ask all the guests to bring along their favourite stuffed toy. You can set up some pillows and picnic blankets on the floor of the dining room and have a tea party. Have a selection of cute outfits for the guests to pick from to dress their teddy bear up. Games can include teddy bear themed hide and seek, or maybe even a pin the tail on the bear. Make sure to have a teddy-bear cake, sprinkled with gummy bears! This idea works perfectly for the younger kids.
Book Character Party
If your kids are a little older, they might love to dress as their favourite storybook characters. Ask all the guests to dress up as their favourite literary identity, and play a game to determine who each of them are. While a popular favourite might be Harry Potter, you’d be surprised at the different varieties of costumes that can appear at this party. Afterwards, kids can make book covers with craft supplies, and take photos to stick on them. Books also make for great party gifts, and giving out some isn’t that expensive and promotes literacy!
Kids love making treats almost as much as they enjoy eating them. An easy and fun treat to make is chocolate. This can be done by simply melting chocolate in a microwave and pouring them into a mould. You can even put them on sticks to make chocolate lolly pops. Put them in the freezer for a while, and by the end of your party, you have a delicious treat with little to no clean-up.
This party idea can take more effort, but can be incredibly fun for kids. Find a space big enough to work, like a garage or a backyard, and then plan some fun games to be played in them. These can be a horseshoe toss, mini golf, knocking over bottles or face painting. Get into the carnival spirit and provide fairy floss or popcorn!
A more traditional approach to a kid’s party is the sausage sizzle. This can be a great way to get the kids out of the house. Although this works well beside a pool, if you don’t have one, consider purchasing a kiddy-sized pool or having a water gun fight. Food can even be beef burgers or grilled chicken. Just make sure you have a safe, quality barbeque: check out specialist stores such as barbequesgalore.com.au for a great range of products to choose from.
These are just a few ideas, but get creative and find what works best for you. At the end of the day, less can certainly mean more and your kids will appreciate and remember the fun times they had, not how much money was spent on the celebration.