Birthday parties do not have to break the bank. And sometimes it’s the simplest, most inexpensive ideas that are the most fun! The important thing to remember, your child isn’t going to know if you spent $30 or $300. They’re just going to remember how much fun they had!
Making your own cake is obviously the most inexpensive route to go. And you don’t have to be a professional cake decorator make it look good! You can bake a basic sheet cake and ice it and then use themed figurines to decorate it. Cars, Toy Story, Disney princesses, any theme is possible with just a few inexpensive toys.
Cupcakes are also a good option for a party for kids. You can find cheap trinkets to decorate each cupcake with that doubles as a favor for each child. The Dollar Tree often has small frisbees, spinning tops and other things in the toy department. I’ve seen Cars, Winnie The Pooh, Diego and Disney princesses and they are often 4-6 to a pack for just $1. Use these to top the cupcakes!
A Dirt Cake is simple enough for anyone to make! A chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Top with crushed oreos and gummie worms!
Shaped-cake pans can be purchased fairly inexpensively at Michael’s if you use the 40% off coupon out of their weekly ad.
Decorations do not have to be elaborate. And the Dollar Tree is a good place for inexpensive cups, plates, napkins, balloons, streamers, and other decorations.
You can also use what you already have at home for decorations. Use your daughter’s princess dolls or your son’s trucks as table decorations that fit in with your theme.
A table with some coloring sheets and crayons is often all you need to entertain the kids. Printable coloring sheets are found at most children’s website. Look up your child’s favorite show and you should be able to find coloring sheets to fit your theme.
Allowing each child to decorate their own cupcake or cookie is another activity!
Blowing bubbles, sidewalk chalk and a sprinkler are other good activities! And just giving them time for unstructured play and a nice place to play with plenty of items (balls, riding toys, trucks) that you probably already have is the best idea. Depending on the age group of the attendees, games like Mother May I and Simon Says are always fun.
Scheduling the party between meal times will save you on food costs. Mid-morning or afternoon parties are good. If you must serve lunch, keep it simple. Hot dogs, chips/goldfish crackers and a fruit (grapes, fruit cocktail or diced peaches) is a good lunch for the under 10 crowd. :)
If you feel you must give out party favors – hit up the Dollar Tree!
You can use Dum-Dum suckers or Blow Pops as balloon weights that will also double as party favors. Each child can have a balloon and sucker when they go home!