How To Plan Your Child's Birthday Party Without Going Crazy

How To Plan Your Child’s Birthday Party Without Going Crazy

Over the past couple of weeks Erin has been to two of her friend’s birthday parties and she had an invitation for another a few days ago. I knew that as soon as Erin started going to other birthday parties she would want one of her own. With Erin’s birthday being on New Year’s Day I always feel the pressure to make sure everything is organised in advance. The last thing I want to do is to be organising her birthday right on top of Christmas and this year, I kind of feel like I’m really ahead of things.

Thanks to winning a half price party at our local sports centre (Facebook giveaway) I managed to book Erin’s actual party for the bargain price of £37.50. This includes an hour of games with a host running them and 30 minutes for food. Considering the party includes someone doing all of the entertainment I couldn’t have gotten anything else at a better price. We have to supply prizes for things like pass the parcel of course but still, the price was amazing.

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Although we have the basics of the party sorted, things could still easily get out of hand. Children’s birthday parties can cost hundreds of pounds if you don’t stuck to a budget or if you let yourself get carried away. I’m a bit of a newbie when it comes to planning parties so I asked some fellow bloggers for some advice about keeping costs down and not letting things get crazy.

Stick to simple party games, kids love them, they are easy to do and prizes can be cheaply sourced. Emma Reed

What I have learnt is don’t sweat the small stuff and worry about perfection. They don’t care at all. They just want their friends and family, games, nice food and cake!! If they get all that, it’s usually a success!! Run Jump Scrap

Choose a theme for decorations so the venue looks gorgeous but can be done at an affordable price. Then all you need to sort out is food and music. Viv Simone

Filling party bags can be a headache. Instead of finding lots of different toys and worrying about who can have what in terms of treats, in future I’ll be buying an inexpensive pack of books and separating them to give away. Everybody loves books and it’s a lovely keepsake rather than throwaway plastic or yet more sugar! Refined Prose

Double up and do a joint birthday with a friend! Hopefully they keep level headed. Unless your friend is crazy too then you’re doomed! The Mum Diaries

Choose a venue where you don’t have to organise too much as it’s done for you. For example, we had my youngest daughter’s party at a local forest school who provided all the entertainment and they cooked the food on the campfire. The only thing I had to worry about was the cake and the party bags. Blossom Education

Erin's first birthday food
Food at Erin’s 1st birthday party

I remember for Erin’s first birthday we went crazy with the food. The children barely ate and I think I did enough food for a small army. I certainly won’t be doing that again this year though. Something I’ve learned from the parties we’ve been to recently is that we don’t need to do loads of food. A simple selection of sandwiches, some crisps and some fruit is more than enough as long as there’s a little bit of a selection.

Have you thrown parties for your children before? Do you have any tips for keeping the costs down? 


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7 thoughts on “How To Plan Your Child’s Birthday Party Without Going Crazy”

  1. I’ve arranged a few birthday parties myself in the past although not for a while. I may do one for my son so this is a great reminder of what I need to remember.

  2. We’ve never had a full blown party for our son but he went to 2 earlier in the year and he wants one for his 6th birthday. But, as we’re in Portugal and not fluent with the language I’m thinking cinema and a burger after might be the best option for us.

  3. We always keep it low key, with minimal food choices and old fashioned party games. And we’ve started giving out books instead of party bags.

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