The secret to throwing an epic, stress-free, hassle-free and memorable party for your kid is to keep it simple, creative and minimal.
Every parent wants to throw their kid the best birthday party—one which they’ll look back fondly on with nostalgia, reminiscing the simpler times back in the day while flicking through an analogue (or digital) photo album. You can do all the above by following these 6 doable steps. Spend small on big fun!
- Digital Invitations
Yes, admittedly a physical invitation sent straight to your mailbox back in the day was exciting and endearing to receive and read, especially if the handwritten, 😭but gone are the days of paper invitations which get lost in school bags and the likes. There is a whole world out there of free (yep, FREE!), colourful, fun digital invitation templates. They’re so quick, fuss-free, and easy to whip up in under 15 minutes.
“Your kid might have a bidding talent of graphic design—you never know until you give them a chance to exercise their creative direction.”Sydney Periwinkle Parties Kids’ Entertainment
Check out this free template from Evite or this one here from Punchbowl. Another option is to download a free ‘invitation background’ on Pixabay, then upload it on Canva, a free, intuitive and simplified graphic-design tool website. Play around with the fonts, colours and free templates already on there and you and your kid will create an exciting party invitation in no-time.
2. Keep the Party Small
This one seems like a no-brainer, but we tend to forget the blaring correlation between expenses and number of guests. Ask your kid if they can keep the guest list to a few close friends. A capacity of 5-6 friends is a good guideline when working within a budget of $150.
3. Venue Hire vs. At Home
You don’t have to go through the conventional route of hiring a hall and paying a bond to host a stunning birthday party. Having the party at home is always a safe-to-fail option, especially if the weather is forecast to be bright and sunny. If it’s cold and wet so you’re hosting indoors as opposed to the backyard, remember to divide the space up for different activities.
“Keep the chaos at bay and the fun will stay”Sydney Periwinkle Parties kids’ entertainment
Kids can get messy with their food and paper plates, so creating a designated time, space and context for eating can reduce the mess created. For example, gather the kids around the dining room table to eat lunch together and hire a kids’ party entertainer for some fun activities that can be enjoyed indoors.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to safe-guard your valuables in a separate room before the party gets rollin’. Unless ice cream cake or bubblegum icing Vincent Van Gogh-esque art on your Persian carpet is up your creative alley.
4. Affordable Cake Options
There are so many exquisite cake options for your kid’s birthday which won’t cost an arm and a leg. Coles Rainbow Cake for $16.00 is a great option if the theme is rainbow and magic. If you want to cater to their sweet-tooth, Woolworths’ Chocolate Mud Profiterol Drip Cake is a reasonable $25.00 or the Caramel Sponge Fresh Cream Drip Cake for $20.00 looks promising too. The best things about cakes are you can jazz them up with hand-picked flowers from the garden, rainbow sprinkles, a generous throw of Malteasers or by lining the perimeter of the cake with Timtams and a nice ribbon to tie it together. Even a glitter cake topper like this one from Big W for only $1.00 can give it that extra umph. Top up this affordable and delicious Fresh Cream and Strawberry Sponge Drip Cake that sells at Woolworths for a reasonable $20.00 with some extra strawberries and you’re good to go. #StrawberriesAndCream #Mmmmm
There are heaps of affordable candle options on the market, for example, these gold and silver ones ($2.25) from K-mart or this pack of 10 fun, black patterned ones ($1.50) from Big W. You want to buy a bulk of candles you can use for the next five years, I hear you say? This pack of 75 white, pink, blue and yellow candles from Big W ($4.00) are a stellar option.
Cake: $20.00 (Make that two because you deserve a cake all to yourself for planning this one heck of a party)
Extra cake decorations: $5.00
Candles and topper: $2.50
Total Cost So Far Cost: $27.50
5. Food Catering
Simple = better. Don’t feel ashamed about keeping the food simple with a good balance of sweet and savoury. As long as it’s tasty and has some visual appeal, the kids will love it!
Total Cost So Far: $35.85
Chocolate ($5.00) dipped strawberries are a great option. Just mix the melted chocolate with coconut oil ($4.00) to give it the extra shine.
For fresh strawberries or fruits at affordable prices, try Paddy’s Market Haymarket or Paddy’s Market Flemington which opens on Sundays. Just make sure you have cash on hand. Otherwise, Woolworths or Coles ($1.90 for a punnet or 3 for $4.98) are a great option too!
Total Cost So Far: $49.85
A good ol’ bowl of chips never hurt no one. Are you a Smiths, Thins or a Rock Deli fan? (At Periwinkle, we don’t discriminate…but Rock Deli Sweet Chilli and Sour Cream, hands down.)
Total Cost So Far: $54.85
Some options include the value range pizza from Dominos which offers simply cheese, margherita, beef and onion, spicy veg trio, cheesy garlic with creme fraiche, pepperoni, and ham and cheese ($5.00 ea, 8 slices in a pizza). A good estimation is 3 slices per head.
Total Cost So Far: $64.85
If you have an oven at home, frozen party foods are another simple, delicious and affordable option, like this 24 pack Coles party pies ($4.80) or this 24 party pack of sausage rolls ($5.00)
Total Cost So Far: $74.65
A DIY fruit punch is really easy to make. Just mix together cordial ($3.35), mineral sparkling water (3 x $2.70) and give it a zesty kick with some sliced orange ($0.70 ea) and mint leaves.
Total Cost So Far: $89.80
Paper cups like this 100 pack of 236mL cups from Officeworks are always a good option if you want to keep your precious glassware unharmed whilst being sustainable. These ones work out to be $0.16 per cup. Affordable and sustainable!
Total Cost So Far: $105.27 (Cups are optional)
5. Decorations (And the DJ)
We know you want to be the best parent ever and throw the most memorable party, but truth be told, your kid’s party doesn’t need to resemble the Easter Show or Luna Park for it to be a memorable one.
Remember that planning a party for your kid can be stress-free, exciting and best of all one that doesn’t break the bank, contrary to popular belief. 💸💸💸Sydney Periwinkle Parties kids’ entertainment
When you host an indoor party at home, it already sets a homely, fun and comfortable tone and context which is a perfect invitation for a colourful, rainbow balloon garland like this one from Kmart ($6.00). Set that up in the living room, then play an upbeat playlist through the T.V. or your speakers and you’re ready to rock ‘n’ roll.
Tip: Your kid could be their own DJ. Find some upbeat songs and help them create a playlist on Spotify or Youtube.
Cost: $6.00 + a couple dollars on the electricity bill
GRAND TOTAL: $111.27
Kids are always eager to have a hands on involvement, from picking the cake to choosing the theme of their birthday party. Letting them have an active involvement and understanding of keeping to a budget means you’re priming them for money management and decision making skills from a young age, both skills which are instrumentally important as adults too. Who knew planning and hosting a birthday party could be so educational and exciting? 📚#lifelonglearners
Think back to your fondest childhood birthday party. Do you remember what coloured candles you had on your cake or whether the fruit punch was too concentrated or diluted? We ran a poll on our Instagram account and found that unsurprisingly, 86% of us remember memories of playing fun games and activities with friends more than whether we had a rainbow balloon garland or not at our 7th birthday party. This goes to show kids will always have an amazing time when they’re in the company of great friends, great entertainment and great activities.
Comment down below which topic you’re itching for us to cover in our next blog post and good luck hosting your kids’ party—let us know how it goes!