Planning a kids party for under £50

Birthday boy celebrating with his friends
Planning a kid’s party can be a lot of fun, but it can also leave you feeling stressed if you’re concerned about how much it will cost. It’s natural to want to give your child the party of their dreams, but it’s important to avoid spending more than you can realistically afford. Fortunately, it is possible to throw an amazing party without blowing your budget. Read on to find out how to have a kid’s party for under £50.

Limit the guest list

If you want to keep costs down, you need to keep the guest list short. The more people you invite, the more money it will cost you. You’ll need more food, more plates, more cups, and so on. Instead, be selective and invite only your child’s closest friends and family members. However if you have a big family and an abundance of classmates and friends that they would like to invite then the next best option is to get affordable sets and packs, luckily we can help with our wide range of party supplies. So whether you need decorations, confectionery, party bag fillers and much more, we've got you covered. At the end of the day a small party isn't always possible but it will also ensure that your child is able to spend quality time with those that mean most to them. Having fewer guests also means that the party will be so much easier for you to organise and manage, which is a big bonus!
Children playing outside

Choose a free or low-cost venue

You need to choose the venue carefully if you want to keep costs down. Venues such as zoos and soft play centres don’t come cheap and can take a big chunk out of your budget if you’re not careful. It makes sense to choose a location that’s free or as low cost as possible. Consider hosting the party at your home or in your garden if the weather is nice. You’ll be free to decorate as you wish and plan whatever activities your child enjoys. Alternatively, you could book a picnic area at a nearby park.   

Send digital invitations

Paper invitations can quickly eat into your party planning budget, so why not go digital this year? Most parents are pretty tech-savvy these days, so it makes sense to customise and send invitations online via email or even text message. There is a massive selection of beautiful digital invites for kids birthdays to choose from, so you’re sure to find a funky design that both you and child love. It’s also possible to track RSVPs and follow up with parents online too, saving you a lot of time and effort.
Mother and daughter working on art and crafts

Make your own decorations

Rather than buying expensive decorations from a shop, why not make your own? Get your kids involved and spend a fun afternoon creating your own streamers, flags, banners and more. All you need is some coloured paper (old wrapping paper is great too), glitter, glue and some balloons. We have such a wide variety of different party balloons on our website that you certainly won't be stuck for choice, this is a great starting point because let's be honest, who doesn't love balloons? Kids enjoy creating things and they will be so proud when they see their artwork taking pride of place for all to see at their party. Not only will making your own party decorations save you money but it will also allow you to spend some quality time with your child.
Birthday cake

Bake your own cake

Buying a cake from a bakery or hiring a professional cake maker will set you back at least £20. So, it makes sense to consider making your own. Even if you’re no Mary Berry and have no hope of whipping up an elaborate, multi-tiered cake, you should be able to cook up something respectable with a little help from Google. Get your child involved and spend some time getting creative in the kitchen.

Make your own fun

Hiring a magician, balloon modeler or DJ for a kids party can seem like an easy option, however, it can also be costly. Fortunately, kids are easily entertained, and you should be able to plan fun activities yourself that don’t cost the earth. You could plan a treasure hunt (hide sweets around your home), host a sports tournament in the garden or put some tunes on the hi-fi and have a disco in the living room. The huge phenomenon right now that can keep them busy for hours would be anything slime related. They love to play with it, throw it, make it themselves and even bath in it! We might not understand their love for it but all we can do is provide it for them, take a look at our amazingly unique range of slime toys and start prepping yourself for the slime battle of a lifetime! There are so many ways to create your own entertainment for kids parties, and none should prove too expensive.
Family and friends at a party

Ask friends and family for help

Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for help when planning a kids birthday party. If you ask around, you’re sure to find that almost everything you want to buy can be borrowed from someone you know. There’s no point wasting money when you can borrow party essentials from others. People will be happy to lend a hand, especially if you’re willing to return the favour in the future!  
Planning a kids party can be exciting, and your budget can easily go out of the window if you’re not careful. So, it makes sense to be organised from the start to make sure you don’t spend more than you can afford. With a little forward planning, some creativity and a helping hand from friends and family, you should be able to plan a fantastic party for your child’s birthday!
Let us know in the comments if you have any birthday parties coming up (don't forget our invite) and how you plan to celebrate in an affordable style...

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