Children’s birthday parties on a budget

The Momentum UK Team 30 January 2014

Children’s birthday parties can be expensive these days, so we’ve outlined a series of ways you can save money while planning your child’s birthday bash:

Goodie bags

Don’t think that goodie bags have to cost the earth. A slice of cake and a few small toys could do the job if you want to give out goodie bags. Poundshops can help save on the costs of things like sweets and treats, as well as buying in bulk. Or you can even try leaving the goodie bags out altogether if you’re really keen to save cash.


Electronic invites can keep down the cost of paper and postage. If you’re determined to send out physical invites then delivering them on the playground can be a nifty solution. Keeping the guest list short and sweet can also help with cost, less people on the list means less hungry tummies to feed, and less mess to clear up!


If you don’t like the idea of holding the party in your home, then the venue can be the biggest outgoing of a children’s birthday party. It might be worth considering renting a local village hall or community space. Depending on the age of your children, a concert, skating party or even a build a bear workshop shindig can be the perfect way to keep the kids happy without costing you a fortune on venue.


Balloons and streamers are simple, cheap and lively decorations that can also work to a colour scheme. Bunting can also be a good way to brighten up a place for any occasion, and you can even make this yourself. Why not make decorating the venue into a craft activity with your children? Banners, even party hats can be made in advance using paper and craft materials.

Do it yourself

Often, the easiest way to save money is to do everything yourself, from baking the cake to organising traditional party games. Making food yourself, and ensuring you don’t overbuy can be a good way to save, although it’s worth checking the prices of bulk party food in the supermarket first to make sure you’re getting a good deal. An activity such as decorating cookies can be a great way to fill the time, as well as giving the little ones something to take home with them in their goodie bags.

Plan, plan, plan!

Planning is the key to keeping the cost of a festivity low, and the easiest way to ensure that you don’t overspend is to give yourself a budget for each element of the soiree. Buying decorations in advance in bulk or online could save you cash, and poundshops often stock party supplies. The most important thing is to give yourself a budget and stick to it, as the little things can really start adding up!

Remember what you’re celebrating!

Most importantly, make sure that your child enjoys the day. There’s no point spending weeks of time and effort over a fancy dress party, only to discover that your child desperately wants a sleepover. Although in some cases, what your child wants might not be age appropriate, even if you don’t give them their number one choice, it’s important that they enjoy the party!