When your child's birthday is approaching, you might feel under pressure to spend a lot of money, especially if he or she has been on extravagant outings with friends for their birthdays. With a bit of effort and imagination, you can create a great birthday party at home that your kids will love, and that won't break the bank.
Providing your own food for a birthday party can seem daunting, and you might be worried about the cost, but it needn't be difficult. Pizza is always popular, and many supermarkets offer discounts if you are buying more than one. If you have a bag of potatoes, you can make chips, always popular with children. Simply peel as many potatoes as you need, then slice into chips. You can then cook them in a fryer, or a deep pan with oil (do not allow children near this, as it can be dangerous). Cocktail sausages can be bought in large quantities fairly cheaply, and you can even buy them cooked and ready to serve. Banana sandwiches are extremely cheap to make, and children of all ages will enjoy them. Cheap multi packs of crisps will be popular with all the guests, and there's no preparation required!
So, you've got the food sorted, now you just need to entertain them! Face painting is always very popular. You can pick up a box of face paints for next to nothing at the nearest pound shop, then get creative with your designs! Little girls will love nail painting, and setting up a little area in the room dedicated to the purpose will help them to get that grown up salon feeling. You might think that old fashioned games will not be appreciated, but children love playing games like 'pass the parcel', 'musical statues', and 'musical chairs'. You'll be surprised by how popular such simple games can be! If you want to get a bit more creative, assemble a box of your old clothes and any dressing up costumes your child has. Encourage all the children to dress up, and film them playing their chosen characters. With a bit of guidance, you could encourage them to create little sketches or make up their own songs.
It doesn't have to cost a fortune to create a birthday party that your child will remember. A bit of imagination will go a long way. If you're really struggling to come up with ideas, talk to your child, and involve them in planning their party. Your little girl or boy can give you ideas for themes, games or fun activity that you can expand together. Planning the party can be a fun game too, and you might enjoy it as well!