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Tips for Kids Parties on a Budget

Updated on March 29, 2020

Symphony Of Party Collages To Inspire You

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Balloons are inexpensive, but are such a colourful item.

What is a kids celebration, without some sort of cake, or colourful balloons?

Great thing about the balloons is that they come in every shape, colour and form. They are a great source of fun, even if they end up popping on a blade of grass.

The Essence Of A Party - Balloons and Cake

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Planning Is Half The Fun

  • Make a list of the children that will be invited
  • Create a workable budget
  • Think of a theme and set your plan into action
  • Consider the time of the year and plan accordingly. In freezing weather you will definitely not want a slip and slide party, on the lawn!
  • A mix of savoury and sweet treats can create a balance. Party treats not too sickly!
  • Make a collage of what you would like to achieve.
  • Cut out ideas and colour schemes from old magazines and place them in a flip file.


Cute Faces On Cookies

Such a cute idea for a special treat. Love the cutout eyes and mouth, with jello in red, peeping through from the inside.

You could create a big cookie, for each child to take home, as a keepsake.

Water Fights Can Do The Trick. Especially With Boys!


Children Are Flexible And Easy Going Most Of The Time

Children Are Easily Entertained And Enjoy Each Other's Company

Assortment Of Snacks

Cool Array of Snacks
Cool Array of Snacks | Source

Savoury Or Sweet Treats At The Party Table?

  • A balanced mix of savoury and sweet snacks and cakes will be better than just offering one or the other.
  • Small savoury meat balls, on toothpicks, with a delicious dip in the middle of a decorative plate, will go a long way to satisfy the hungry hoards!
  • The picture above has healthy options, like miniature tomatoes and small blocks of cheese.
  • You can serve miniature cupcakes too in bright colours to match your party theme and colour scheme.

What About A Plate Of Fresh Grapes And Strawberries


A Refreshing Change To The Norm

A plateful of fruit can be a tasty treat and complement some rich foods i.e. cakes and candies.

Who Loves Chocolate Flavour?

Most kids love chocolate ice cream.
Most kids love chocolate ice cream. | Source

Ideas With Ice Cream Cones

Here are some ideas to jazz up an ice cone, for a kids party.

1. Cascade small chocolate balls or smarties on the top of a vanilla ice cone.

2. Half fill the cone section with candy before scooping on the ice cream.

3. Make your own coloured ice cream in different colours and set in round ice trays. Colour plain vanilla ice cream with a little organic colouring. Pile these balls on top of a small plain vanilla cone.

4. Melt your favourite chocolate bar in a double boiler, cool slightly and then dip your plain ice cone into it, to give a wonderful chocolate topping.

5. Use white chocolate that has also been melted, as done above, and cover a dark coned ice cream with this glossy mixture. Top with hundreds and thousands.

6. Dream up your own toppings from jelly babies to caramel coated nuts.

7. You can cut out a container for the ready made ice cream treats from a shoe box with holes, for each one, on the upside down section. Keep ready for the party in the freezer compartment.

Have fun making your own unique creations!

Amazing Easy Ice Dreams For Kids With A Twist

Serving Iced Desserts

Cool ideas to serve your ice cream on that special party day.

Love the idea of using an ice tray to mould your ice cream. Creating different coloured balls of dreamy ice treats, would look great in a tall parfait glass.

Cool Ice


Creative Party Ideas

  • Take the kids on a walk into the country. Each child can carry a party item, for a memorable time in a leafy glade.
  • If the weather is not favourable, let the children create something like a favourite mask. Give a prize for the best one. Let the children vote too, for the most creative one.
  • Treasure hunts are always exciting and can be done in a park, or at home, in the garden.
  • A beach party can also be a lot of fun, but needs to be organised well ahead. Bright beach umbrellas with colourful balloons hanging from them, will create some much needed shade and colour.
  • A pool party for older children, is a great way to get rid of excess energy and combined with fun filled activities. A contest using egg cartons and other recyclable materials to create the best boat, that actually floats, would be creative too. Give a prize for the winning float-able boat.
  • Fancy dress parties go down well, with plenty of fun and laughs.
  • Sack races and the good old favourite egg and spoon race is always a winner too. A lot of steam can be released and pent up energy, which kids seem to have plenty to spare !

Have A Party Day In The Park


For Girls


Find Out What The Children Like Doing For Fun

Are they from the city or from a rural area

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The Sky Is The Limit. Let Your Imagination loose!


Make Your Own Outdoor Tent For Party

  • Outdoor games and activities, can be just as fun as sitting indoors, around a table.
  • Serve some treats from it, or use as part of a treasure hunt with clues, hidden inside.
  • The opening of the one side, can be used to have your own puppet show. Use sock puppets and let the best team, win a prize.

Amazing Ideas For Cakes

Enjoy A Day At The Beach Or Water World

Remember to take lots of sunscreen and hats.
Remember to take lots of sunscreen and hats. | Source

Outdoor Fun Is One Of The Best Activities

  • Water-world or slides can be such fun and adrenaline inducing.
  • It is better to take teens to these centres, as taking a whole team of small kids, can be risky.

What About A Pool Party?


A Pool Party Needs To Be Supervised well

A good idea is to invite the parents to help in the water activities, alongside their children.

Free Art To Use On Cards Or Invitations - Snip Copy And Paste


FREE- Art Collage To Snip Copy And Paste


Create Your Own Invitations

There are many ways to create invitations for that special kids birthday party.

  1. Digitally, on your computer with a graphics program.
  2. Have them printed professionally.
  3. Using handmade cards made from recycled magazines and collage clippings.
  4. Bulk invitations bought from craft stores.
  5. Using stamps to create picture invitations for that unique look.

Neon Clipart


Memories Can Be Captured With Your Camera

Kids will never forget that party you created for them. Remember to take lots of photos, to show them, when they get older. A party scrapbook with all the parties and celebrations, is a great way to show you care.


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