Last weeks ‘The Apprentice’ set the challenge of organising a child’s birthday party with a budget of 2K. I was shocked that they couldn’t pull off a much better party with a budget like that! I know parties have got bigger and are often much more of an occasion than when I was a child and we had friends in the house for tea. However for 2K I would have expected more.
Erin recently turned six and I we threw a wonderful party on a much smaller budget and I thought I’d share how to create a party for much less. Firstly I was lucky as one of Erin’s friends share the exact same birthday (actually there are three in class with the same birthday-odds on that). Therefore we decided to pool resources and throw a more expensive party than we could afford individually – and have some extra treats thrown in. Sharing the cost is obviously my number one saving tip!
We invited all the girls in the class and booked a Frozen package from Enchanting Storybook Parties with a snow machine too! The package was for 90mins and Anna and Elsa took care of everything from sing a longs to playing party games like ‘toss the snowball’ They have a third person who comes and sets up the PA system and keeps that all going. There were also plenty of photo opportunities. We went for the best package and it was still under £200
When they made their grand entrance the girls were all blown away and Anna and Elsa immediately identified the birthday girls and gave them gifts and cuddles. This little touches made the girls feel really special.
Instead of one big cake that then needed cutting and sorting we bought cupckaes from a supermarket. Each cake looked really lovely and I had bought cupcake boxes from ebay and just popped the cake into each box to take home. For a going home goody bag we filled cellophane cones.
We also had personalised banners and posters made from Hello party which everyone was really impressed with. We had a poster on the door which said whose party it was and also had a picture of each birthday girl. I used the Ice Princess templates when designing to stay on theme.
These were so simply to make online and took just a few minutes. We also had birthday bunting which said their names and happy birthday we hung it above the food table.
These final touches absolutely made the party seem special. I can thoroughly recommend using Hello Party for the extra special details to make you party stand out. The bunting is really strong and is most definitely reusable, I actually put it back up at home for a few days!
Much cheaper than the apprentice candidates efforts and much more purse friendly!
Disclosure: I would like to thank Hello Party for gifting the posters and bunting.