6 secrets to birthday parties on a budget

March 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

By Debbie Frye, General Manager, Flyerland.ca

It’s your child’s birthday and time to celebrate! These days kids’ parties are becoming more and more extravagant…which can sometimes come with a huge price tag. But planning a fun and original event with an awesome activity and all the trimmings doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive. With these tips you can give your little one the party of their dreams…and the best gift of all is the memories you’ll make, and the money you’ll save.

  • Try unique, affordable activities. Many party places cater to children’s special interests including indoor play centres, gymnastics, dance, science, sports and more. If your child loves animals, a PJ’s Pets party is a unique idea. Or try a cooking party at Real Canadian Superstores—the best part is, there’s no mess to clean up.
  • Clip coupons for party places. Check online for coupon deals to the most popular entertainment venues. Flyerland.ca is the perfect place to start your search. If you plan your party during the week, you could save over higher weekend rates.
  • Host a theme party. Design a theme for your home party that includes all food, decorations and activities.
    • Hawaiian Luau. Create grass skirts out of garbage bags and have the kids make their own mini pizzas with ham and pineapple. Place colourful paper umbrellas in their fruit punch for an added touch.
    • Academy Award Night. Rent award winning movies or favourites from BLOCKBUSTER® and let the saga continue. Have guests dress like their favourite movie star—visit Fabricland for the latest red carpet looks. Serve hors d’oeuvres and give everyone a glam goodie bag to take home.
    • Sports Challenge. Plan a round robin tournament with your Wii game or tabletop hockey. Ask guests to sport their favourite team jersey. Stock up on snacks at Wal-mart, serve sports drinks and the athlete’s choice of pizza. 
  • Take the cake. Instead of paying big bucks at the bakery, make your own and decorate it in the party theme. You can find fun and fabulous decorations and accessories at Michael’s to match practically any idea you can imagine and make it the coolest cake ever!
  •  Do-it-yourself goodie bags. A creative craft and fun activity is to have guests decorate their own goodie bags. Buy colourful sacks, provide glue, glitter, ribbons, stickers and other decorations and let the kids go! When finished, fill them with treats from the dollar store.
  •  Plan the guest list. Sit down with your child and plan the guest list based on the type of party—you may be able to invite more kids to a home party than to an entertainment venue. With older kids, give them a budget and help them with the planning.
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