Planning a Child’s Birthday Party on a Budget

How to plan your child's birthday party on a budget - motherhooddiaries

It’s natural to want to throw an unforgettable party for your child’s birthday but sometimes it’s just not feasible to do all the things you might have dreamed of. However, this doesn’t mean they can’t have a spectacular party that’ll make them one of the most popular kids in school.

The truth is, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to give your child an amazing party that they won’t forget. Just because everyone else is hiring restaurants, entertainers and village halls, you can throw a celebration just as good for a fraction of the price. Here’s how…

Plan Ahead

By planning ahead you avoid the last minute rush. When buying balloons, plates, cups, disposable cutlery and the like, it’s a good idea to plan as far ahead as you can and either add one essential item to your shop over the following few weeks – that way you’ll barely notice the cost while your stockpile of essentials will grow nicely.

When you’re panic buying you’re always likely to buy way more than you need, so you should do everything you can to avoid this. You should also make the most of offers, sales and discount sites to get hold of the essentials.

Digital Invites

Ditching the paper invites might seem like you’re also ditching a tradition but nowadays they’re unnecessary. Digital invites don’t need to be impersonal, blank emails, there are loads of sites out there that allow you to choose a suitable pattern, personalise and download each one free of charge – the only thing you’re losing is your time.

Simple Dishes

Forget fine dining, kids would rather enjoy a few sandwiches, fruit sticks and tasty cupcakes than anything too fussy. As far as drinks go, you can pick up disposable cups for next to nothing when you’re shopping for supplies and then just fill a few jugs with water and juice and keep them regularly topped up.


If you’re planning on hiring gazebos, barbeques, bouncy castles or anything else, it’s always worth checking with friends, family and neighbours beforehand. If you know people who have or may have the things you need, there’s absolutely no shame in asking to borrow from them.

Don’t worry if the things you borrow don’t match – chairs, tables, plates etc. – as that’s the trend nowadays anyway and your party venue will look cooler for it.


If you need the cash right now to secure a venue or entertainment and you’re sure you can afford to pay it back over the agreed term you then an affordable loan could be the answer. It’s important to bear in mind that you should only ever enter a loan agreement that you can afford to pay back, so it’s not a decision you should make lightly.

Here you have a number of key ways to prevent the cost of a child’s party getting out of hand, while still being able to provide a memorable experience for them and their guests. These are by no means the limits of the money-saving capabilities either, so keep on searching – you never know, you might be able to do a full party for free!

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Leyla Preston (603 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 7. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked!You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/