7 Tips to Set a Kid’s Party Budget…

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7 Steps to Set a Kid’s Party Budget…

Kid’s parties don’t have to be hugely expensive to be a wonderful celebration! Make it your aim to have the birthday child feel really special and celebrated on their big day. It doesn’t necessarily cost a lot of money to achieve that goal. Read on for 7 tips to setting your kid’s party budget.

1. Prioritise

Work out the must haves at the party. What do you and your child really need and want at the party. Write down a short list of these priorities. Also have a think about what you will happily compromise on. Just remember that nothing is really needed to throw a fabulous birthday party. Singing happy birthday and blowing out candles are tradition. But having a big bowl of jelly with candles stuck in there, instead of a cake is totally ok! The world is your oyster so feel free to make the party uniquely yours.


2. So…how much?

How much is that list of must haves going to cost you? Do research, get some quotes and determine how much it will all cost. Change your priorities list as much as needed once you determine if it is truly practical for your budget.


3. When to buy

Many parents purchase presents, decorations and the contents of party bags (among other items) over a long period of time to space out the costs. This can work really well for some, but may make you more likely to spend more in the long run. It’s often harder to keep track of your spending if you’ve spaced it out over such a long period. We say, set your budget in advance, then start spending.


4. Keep track of what you’ve spent!

Have a place to pile all of your receipts or better yet, make a spreadsheet! Gosh I love spreadsheets! This lays out in plain sight, exactly how much you plan to spend (your budget) then you can compare and update it as you start purchasing and booking in things.


5. Keep it small

Seriously consider keeping the guest list small! The size of your guest list will greatly impact your budget, so be willing to be flexible with this. If having all your child’s friends and family is one of those high priority things for you, consider spending less elsewhere to accommodate this. Maybe don’t provide a luxe party bag for your 30 guests… or have the party at morning tea so you don’t need to provide a filling lunch meal.


6. Round up the troops

Ask friends and family for help…is your mum an awesome baker who could whip up a cake for free or in exchange for your love and a couple bottles of wine? DIY often helps to save money so enlist family to help you out!


7. Ditch the venue

Have the party at home! Save on venue costs and maximise your budget on things that will make your party memorable or easier! Hire an entertainer or a great activity that will keep your guests occupied and having a great time.


Just remember to keep the budget in mind throughout all of your purchases and at the end of the day spending money on things that will be memorable and occupy your guests attention are always a good idea.



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Happy Party Planning 🎉


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How To: Kids Parties on a Budget

Most parents don’t have an unlimited budget for their child’s party. Fair enough. There are a few basics that every party needs and some thing’s you can take or leave, depending on your budget and your child’s preferences.

Read on for our recommendations for party MUST HAVES and some money saving tips that you can easily implement for your kids parties on a budget!


Here are the basics:

If your party doesn’t have these…is it even a party, yo?

  • Cake – obviously!
  • Food & Drink
  • Gift/s for the birthday child
  • Entertainment/Activities…. the kid’s will need something to do!
  • An Invitation of some sort (can be digital or paper) so people know the who, what, when, where and why.

Things you shouldn’t scrimp on:

The MUST HAVES. Saving money is great, but, set yourself up for a successful party and consider THIS one thing…

  • Hiring an Entertainer – Maybe, you’re not 100% confident with entertaining a group of kids or are feeling a bit overwhelmed about what you should do with them. Maybe, you don’t have spare hours to spend planning activities that are age appropriate and are worried the things you choose won’t be appealing to your guests. Just invite an entertainer to do it all for you! A great entertainer will hit the ground running as soon as they enter your party and engage your guests for a good chunk of time and use their knowledge and experience to ensure the activities are suitable for your guests. The kids will have sooo much fun and your party will be structured and organised. You will be free to concentrate on other aspects of your party, such as prepping food, chatting with your adult guests and watching the fun unfold. Read this blog about finding the right entertainer for your child’s party.


Tips to save money:

Hold your pennies tight when considering these aspects of your child’s party! If it’s really important to you, go splurge; you and your child deserve it. But if you’re looking to throw your kids parties on a budget, below are the key places to do so.

  • Plan your party for when your guests expect snacks, not a full meal. Less food = less expense.
  • Save money on invitations by using our free invites, homemade, a Facebook event or an e-invite service.
  • Invite less people. Be up front with your child about how many guests you can have at your party before they start thinking about their guest list. Less guests = less expense.
  • Throw a double party with a sibling or friend who has a close birthday, to share the cost.
  • Make a homemade cake, or purchase a naked cake and dress it up yourself with coloured icing, chocolates and lollies.
  • Keep the decorations simple and use a few key pieces to really drive home your theme. Pick one space to decorate. Don’t feel like you need to decorate the whole house or venue.
  • Hold the party at home or in a park to save on venue costs.
  • DIY is your best friend.

Take a look at our dance entertainment party packages if you feel like entertainment is the MUST HAVE you won’t be scrimping on for your child’s party. Click on your location: kids parties in Brisbane kids parties on the Gold Coast

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