Thanks to Louise Plunkett from www.sweetpeaparties.com. Louise is a party expert!
Sweet Pea Parties are suppliers of traditional party supplies, from party bags to bunting.She does parties the old fashioned way (all the photos are curtesy of sweetpea parties
The best way to throw a party on a budget is to do it in the
traditional way. Traditional birthday parties used to consist of
games, tea and cake, and there’s no reason why a traditional tea party
can’t be just as much fun as its more expensive counterparts. Here’s
my top five tips for throwing a party on a budget;
Have it at home! The idea of this may send many of us screaming for
the hills, but it is the number one way to throw a party on a budget.
Plus, if you economise on the venue you can maybe afford other things,
such as an entertainer or a super duper cake!
Make your own food! Yes, in this busy world it can be one extra thing
to add to the list, but the benefits are 2 fold. One you save money,
and two, you don’t have a room full of children high on food
additives! If you really wanted to cut down on waste, therefore saving
more money, you could make up individual plates of food and cover with
clingfilm prior to the party. There can be a lot of wasted food at
parties as small children sometimes don’t eat very when excited. A
good suggestion for a party meal would be 2-3 finger sandwiches per
child, a handful of fruit (grapes, strawberries etc) a few mini
breadsticks, and a pudding, such as a yoghurt or jelly
Forget the professional child entertainer and play old fashioned
games. These cost nothing, at most you need a music player and some
treats for the prizes. Some examples of popular games include;
Pin The Tail On The Donkey (artistic types can draw their own donkeys!)
Don’t get too caught up in ‘entertaining’ the children though. More
often than not they are just happy to play with their friends, so
leave plenty of toys out.
Party Bags. Forget loot bags full of plastic that will end up the
landfill a week later. There’s no need to spend a lot of money, keep
the party bags simple. Party bags started off as a means for children
to take a slice of cake home. One good toy, a wrapped slice of cake,
plus a ‘thank you for coming to my party’ note in a pretty bag is more
than sufficient and the parents will probably thank you too!
Keep the numbers down and keep it short. It can be tempting to invite
the whole nursery or school class, but if your’e planning a party on
a budget then you may not have entertainers or the large venue needed
to do this Limit numbers to 8-10 children, enough children for lots of
fun but not an unmanageable amount. One and a half hours is plenty for
the 0-5 age group. Less children means less food, and less party bags,
so you’ll save money!
Thanks Louise these are fab tips!