The Frugal Mum’s Guide to Throwing a Toddler Birthday Party

December 20, 2017

*This is a collaborative post

So your toddler has a birthday coming up, and you want to make it memorable. The challenge is not impressing them; they will be happy with anything that features their favourite character or animal. You will also need to show off your parenting and organising skills to other parents. If you have a limited budget, this can be tricky. Find out how you can arrange a toddler birthday party on a budget below.

Plan Ahead

The sooner you start organising your party the more people will want to help and chip in. You will need to know exactly where you want to go and what you would like to do with your little one and their friends. You are likely to get presents from parents, therefore, during the party it is you who needs to provide the basics. However, you can still ask people to bring cakes or drinks that their kids like without feeling ashamed.

Make Your Own Goodie Bags

If you don’t want to pay a fortune for custom goodie bags and birthday party accessories, you can make them yourself. Simply buy different items and packaging, so everyone gets the same items in their bag. Alternatively, you can create a “boy” and a “girl” version of the goodie bag, with the boys getting small toy cars and girls having some hair accessories in their pack.

Print Your Invitation

You can design and print your own party invitations, instead of paying for a printing company to create them. There are several templates available for free you can download and modify. If you have the party at home, and need to provide the entertainment, you might want to print some activity sheets or colouring pages as well, and create your own competition.  

Shop Around for Deals on Venues and Activities

Whether you would like to go to the zoo together or visit a famous sweet shop in the area, you can get discounts on your booking by shopping around. You might even get a workshop discount or stumble upon Coupons for many shops your little one would like to visit on their birthday. Ask parents about their children’s preference and find the ice cream place or sweet shop that will be a great choice for your party.

Buy Bulk

When holding a party at home, you can stock up on items your little one and other kids love. Get some finger food in bulk, as well as large cartons of small drinks, suitable for little fingers. Instead of going to your local supermarket, choose to get a home delivery from a bulk shopping outlet. Don’t forget about parents attending, either. Get some sandwiches and crisps to keep the conversation going.

Whether you would like to make your child’s birthday memorable for the family, or you are inviting play mates and parents, you will need to start planning early. Try to save money by buying bulk and hunting for discounts online. Arrange the venue and menu, and you can create happy memories for many years to come.

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