When it comes to planning a fun birthday party a little imagination beats a lot of expense. Your child’s party can be fun to plan and host with these suggestions,
Keep It Simple. Your child’s birthday party isn’t about showing off to the neighbors and trying to impress your friends and family. It’s about celebrating one of the most important days in your child’s life. Don’t worry about serving expensive foods. Provide juice and healthy snacks instead. Apple slices and grapes aren’t just healthier than pizza, they’re a lot cheaper too.
Keep It Safe. While inflatable castles and pony rides can be fun, they’re also expensive and potentially dangerous. Look for activities and entertainment that engage the imagination and channel your young guests’ energy safely. While a professional magician can keep kids happy they tend to cost a good penny. Consider hiring local high-school aged amateur magician. Just be sure to see the act before you book it.
Keep It Short. The younger the birthday child, the fewer guests. If you have a toddler, just invite a handful of kids. Make your party as short as possible for younger children. It’s not only cheaper but the parents will appreciate it.
Focus on Fun. Don’t try to plan a perfect party, it will never happen. Just think of ways to make your child and his or her friends happy. Stumped on ideas? Ask your babysitter to come by and help run some games.
Timing. If you can, consider planning your child’s birthday party during the week instead of the weekend. Plan the party during winter recess or summer vacation on a weekday and you’ll save money on party rooms and party entertainment. Be sure to ask for a mid-week discount.
The biggest money-saver is time. By planning early you’ll have time to make your own decorations, cakes and activities.
Brian is a magician in New York City who entertains at countless birthday parties every year.