Is your child excited because their birthday is coming, but you are worried you'll disappoint them with your budget? Don't fret -- with a little creativity and some planning, you can still plan your child a memorable party they won't forget. Let's review some tips to help you plan your child's party on a budget.
Setting a Realistic Budget and Sticking To It
Before planning your child's birthday party, you should assess your available resources. You can start with financial resources -- how much do you intend to spend? $300? $1000? Planning a sweet 16 birthday can cost $300 to $25,000 or more. Next, you can look at other resources you may have that can help you cut back on your spending and in saving money.
Ensure your budget is realistic. On the one hand, don't over-allocate funds when you're already on a pinched budget. On the other hand, don't underestimate how much you'll use, especially if you invite many guests. It's interesting to note that while saving money on a birthday celebration, spending is quite significant in some industries. For example, according to Global Market Insights, the global window and door market is worth more than $153 billion.
Choosing a Budget-Friendly Venue
If you're on a tight budget, it's best to base your party at home. Of course, you may need to modify it slightly, such as clearing your backyard if you have an outdoor party. A home party allows you some privacy to choose who comes to your party and some control, especially if the weather changes.
Another budget-friendly option is public parks and recreational areas. Most are free to enter, and you could have more entertainment options. Choose parks that are child-friendly and will give your child the best experience. You may have to research to find a period with manageable traffic if it's a popular spot.
Planning Budget-Friendly but Entertaining Activities
Since you know your child best, you are best positioned to select a theme and activities your child and their friends will enjoy. For example, are they into heroine characters? Do they love barbie and ken-like items? Using the theme, you can now do DIY decorations and props that match the theme.
When choosing games, you have a massive pool to select from, and it doesn't have to be expensive. Explore what your child enjoys the most. Never have I ever? I spy? Hula-hoop? Games can be quite fun for kids and adults, too, so pick right, and no one will remember your low-budget décor.
Choosing a Memorable Gift
Children are quite impressionable, and they'll remember that you didn't give them gifts last birthday. As a parent, the thought of not gifting your child a gift may be unimaginable. Yet a well-selected gift can leave your child feeling loved and appreciated. Your gift can be part of the party, for example, a well-thought décor or cake, or a gift they can keep.
You can gift your child a simple plant they can care for. A simple plant costs as low as $29.95, a decent floral arrangement will set you back $50-80, while standing sprays cost as much as $100 and above. Big casket sprays cost $200 and above. Choose a gift that is among the child's special interests rather than buying the hottest toy/gadget on the market.
To sum up, you don't have to break the bank to plan a fun, memorable party for your child. Using the guidelines you learned in this post, you can plan a memorable birthday party your child won't forget. Of course, above everything else, it's best to focus on what matters most -- quality time with your child.