It is very common for parents to want to do something special on their children’s birthdays. People often think this means birthdays are expensive events, but sometimes it is hard to find the money for such things.
The good news is that special doesn’t have to mean expensive. Kids can still have an amazing day with their friends and families without the high costs if you decide to throw a budget birthday party. Here are 40 fantastic ideas on how to have a budget birthday party for your child.
1. Fill the child’s room with balloons of all different sizes and colors for a wake-up surprise.
2. If your child is old enough, throw a craft party where she can decorate unfinished items. Secondhand stores are normally filled with old picture frames, unvarnished pots and wooden jewelry boxes.
3. Consider going to somewhere free, such as local museums, for a day trip.
4. If your child likes swimming, take him and a few friends to your local swimming baths.
5. Take your child to her favorite place to eat as a special treat.
6. If your child likes the outdoors, pack a picnic and take him to his favorite park, or a park he has never visited before.
7. Invite your child’s closest friends over for a sleepover.
8. If your child is a toddler, throw a circles party–everything at the party is circle shaped. Good examples are party rings, polka-dot table coverings and big bouncy balls.
9. If her birthday falls during the summer, throw a garden party with snacks and music and invite her friends around.
10. If his birthday is close to one of his friends, speak to the parents about throwing a joint party for both of them.
11. If your child loves music, invite her friends around and throw a karaoke party. If you don’t have a karaoke machine, you can find videos on YouTube and play them for the children.
12. Instead of handing out expensive gift bags at the end of each party, stick with one treat for each child, from yo-yos to a bar of chocolate.
13. Throw a fancy dress witch party for your child and his friends if they love Harry Potter. Use food coloring to make potions, and watch a Harry Potter film afterwards.
14. If you live near a lake, take a day trip out with some snacks and pizzas for dinner.
15. Throw a birthday festival in your back garden, with bubbles, balloons, face paints and transfer tattoos.
16. If you own a Playstation, Wii or Xbox, invite your child’s friends around and have a game day where they can all play their favorite games.
17. Let your child choose all of the meals for the day.
18. If your child is young, throw a teddy bear party with all of her favorite toys.
19. Have a movie night where he can choose the film, the snacks and the drinks.
20. If your child has a favorite film or book, decorate one room in the house to fit in with the theme, such as a Frozen-themed living room. Dress up as the characters and have fun!
21. If you have a young teenage daughter, have a pamper day with nail painting, homemade face masks and experimenting with makeup.
22. Let your child wear whatever he wants all day, including face-paint.
23. If your child enjoys sports, host a sports day in your garden with her friends, with sweets for prizes.
24. If you have an older child, a jewellery party with friends is a great idea. Buy beads and string and teach the children how to make necklaces and bracelets.
25. If your child is old enough, taking him and a few friends camping could be a great success. Pack marshmallows and hot chocolate for a sweet treat.
26. If your child loves the outdoors, drive her and a couple of friends to the beach for a fun day trip.
27. Leave a trail of glitter or sweets leading your child from his bed in the morning to his birthday presents.
28. Print face masks out from the internet. Have your child and her friends paint and decorate their own.
29. Hold a backyard treasure hunt as the main event of the day, where the final piece of treasure is the child’s main birthday present.
30. Instead of packing a normal school lunch, pack a special birthday lunch with a slice of cake. Wrap a small treat and leave it in his lunchbox for him to discover later.
31. Make your child her favorite breakfast and bring it to her in bed.
32. If your child has a sweet tooth, invite his friends around and throw a decorating party. Bake plain cupcakes and allow the children to decorate their own.
33. If your child likes cooking, throw a pizza-making party with bowls of toppings and ready-made dough.
34. A painting party is often a great success with younger children. Buy paints and colored paper and leave them to it!
35. Tape an old blanket from your child’s door to the ceiling, and fill it with balloons before taping it up. When your child opens the door in the morning, balloons will fall around her as a birthday surprise.
36. If your child is older, throwing a party for him and his friends in the garage is a great idea. Buy a secondhand disco ball, put out some snacks and have an evening to yourself while they enjoy themselves.
37. For a creative child, throw a paper mâché party and let them create whatever they want. Check out tips and tricks online and craft something with your child!
38. Make a time capsule with your child for her to dig up in 10 years. Let your child choose some things she would like to put in, and bury it together.
39. If your child’s birthday is in summer, take advantage of the heat and make your own slip and slide for endless hours of fun.
40. Write your child a short, funny, fictional story about her as a princess, wizard or superhero. Read it to her in the morning to make her feel extra special and excited.
Do you have any budget birthday ideas for children? Share them in the comments below!