A frugal birthday party sounds boring doesn't it? Well my sister thought so when I told her our plans to have one. Her idea of a birthday party is lots of expensive gifts and a meal out at a fancy restaurant with lots of friends.
Whoa! I can feel my credit cards curling at the very thought.
However my partner Matt and I have been having so called frugal birthday parties for years, and although some of them may not necessarily be classed as a party, all have been full of frugal fun, making a perfect birthday celebration.
Here are our ideas on how to throw a frugal birthday party for both adults and kids.
Birthday parties for kids can be very expensive these days. From matching decorated paper plates, napkins and decorations to full-blown costumes and children entertainers.
It can make it very hard for parents under pressure from their offspring to throw a party that will out do everyone else's. Creativity is the answer and by involving the kids along the way, they will be having frugal fun without realizing it.
Even if you are not the best cook in the world, whipping up a simple layer cake is a breeze, especially if you buy a cake mix. The secret into turning it into a special frugal birthday party cake is all in the decoration.
You can be as imaginative as you like especially for a kids party. In fact the more colourful and wacky the cake looks the better I find.
To be really imaginative try cutting the basic cake up to make your child's favourite animal. My favourite was the lock ness monster which was simply made by cutting a round layer cake in half, turningeach half on it's side and covering it with green marzipan, i then used chocolate buttons for spots and a green painted egg cup carton for the head.
If that sounds all too much, why not bake some little cupcakes and cover them with jam and hundreds and thousands. These are great for kid's parties too.
The party does very much depend on the age of your kids and how much space you have. Generally having a kid's party at home or in the garden if you can is the best and cheapest option.
But you will have to plan well in advance i.e. hide away all your breakables and keep doors locked or closed to avoid expensive mishaps.
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