Now that school is back in session you may be thinking that you are home free. Between school during the day, and countless after school activities in the evening, your kiddos will be busy from sun up to sun down!
However, all bets are off when the weekend hits and the kid’s birthday parties start rollin’ in. With so much pressure to host the best birthday party imaginable, it is often very overwhelming for parents (especially those on a budget) to start planning the big event.
In order to help, ChatterBlock has come up with some fun and frugal ideas that we guarantee will make any birthday party a blast.
Skip the Gifts
Yes, we understand that this may be a hard idea to sell your little kids on. However, to be quite honest they usually end up with a lot of junk anyways. This year, instead of cramming all the clutter into your closet, skip the presents and do a gift exchange instead. By having every guest bring a small gender neutral gift (under 10 dollars) you will have everything you need to run an epic, party wide, gift exchange! Not only is a gift exchange an awesome activity, but it will also allow you to skip handing out expensive goody bags, because every kid will already have a prize to take home! Win-win? We think so!
Babysitter to the Rescue
Let’s be honest, you only have two hands, and there are going to be a handful of screaming children in your house. You are going to need help! Ideally, your family, or other parents will step up and help you run the event. However, if push comes to shove hiring a babysitter to come and provide assistance is a super smart idea. Although it may cost you a little extra, we know you will appreciate having someone there to corral the kids, serve food, and help clean up the mess.
Have Fun for Free
As cliche as it may sound, money really can’t buy you happiness. Although it would be amazing if you could rent out an entire baseball stadium, or have a party at a penthouse, in reality you and your kids can still have fun for free! Instead of wasting money on a venue, find activities that you can do for free. If the weather's still nice we suggest hosting the party at a local park. Just fill your car up with some sporting equipment, balloons, and maybe even sidewalk chalk for a guaranteed good time. Another free suggestion, if the weather is nice, is having a slip-n-slide (or pool) party in your backyard.
Guest List Etiquette
Last but not least, it is important to make a guest list that makes (almost) everyone happy. Obviously, the smaller the party is the cheaper it should be. So, this upcoming birthday make sure Ms/Mr.Popular doesn’t invite the entire school to their birthday bash. Some suggestions to keep the party small include keeping it to a single gender, or giving your kids a maximum limit of friends that they are allowed to invite.
With these simple tips we are positive that you will survive your next kid’s birthday party.