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Birthday parties are an annual rite of passage for all children. Kids love to celebrate their birthday. It’s an opportunity to have their friends over, do a fun activity, and be the happy recipient of dozens of gifts. For a six-year-old, birthday parties are something to be anticipated all year, rather like Christmas. For a parent, however, the story is rather different.

Many parents struggle to afford a birthday party for their child. By the time you have booked a venue, sent out invites, bought food, drink, a birthday cake and party favors, an awful lot of money has been spent. Unfortunately, most children have no concept of money, so requests for clowns, elephants, and Disney Princesses in attendance are all part of the fun and games. As a parent, you want your child to have the best time, but if money is tight, you probably can’t afford to host an expensive party. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune on your child’s birthday party, as there are plenty of things you can do for free.

Organizing a Kid’s Birthday Party on a Shoestring can still become spectacular! Here are some tips to help you.

Create the Invites

There’s no need to pay for proper party invitations when you can do everything online. Use social media to invite the children on your child’s friendship list or send out text messages. Alternatively, if you want to jazz it up a bit, try some free invitation templates from Spark Adobe – you can even make video invites! For older kids, this is a great way to get them involved, as they can create their own funky party invitations.

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Host the Party at Home

Booking a party venue is expensive. Hosting a kids’ birthday party at home could be messy, but as long as you employ a few helpers and don’t let the kids run riot, you shouldn’t have too many headaches.

For summer parties, make it an outdoor event, but for winter parties, you have no choice but to keep the kids indoors (unless it’s snowing and you let them play outside for a while). If your home is compact, restrict the guest list to a select few. Otherwise, things will quickly get out of hand.

Free Fun and Games

You don’t need money to have a fun birthday party and fun party games cost nothing. There are tons of free activities kids of all ages will enjoy. For younger kids, buy a roll of cheap lining paper and let them create a giant mural outside using paint, crayons, pencils, and anything else you have available. For older kids, organize a movie night with a selection of age-appropriate DVDs and popcorn (buy the popcorn kernels, heat them up in a large pan, and add flavor).

Food and Drink

Bake some buns and let the kids decorate their own cupcakes. You can do the same with pizza – make simple pizza bases and provide a selection of toppings. It’s a free and tasty child-friendly activity.

Kids’ parties needn’t cost the earth. Host the party at home and provide your own snacks and entertainment. Child of all ages will have a ball!

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