7 Ways To Plan A Kids Party The Frugal Way

7 Ways To Plan A Kids Party The Frugal Way Money Saving Lifestyle Hacks
Want to throw your child an amazing party without breaking the bank? I’ve got you covered! Here are my best tips for a frugal Birthday Party!

I recently organised my daughters 6th birthday party & being the lil diva she is, she had SOME requirements (demands) 😀
I find it pretty crazy at the lengths some parents go to for their kid’s parties! There is no need to spend excessive amounts.


It’s not your presents your children need, its your presence! – Jesse Jackson

So me being thrifty, I had to find an alternative for the whole hoop-la that is the Birthday Party! Parties can be pretty pricy! But they don’t need to be, it just takes a little time to source out your supplies & decide on whats really necessary. So here I have narrowed a few things down to help you out!

  1.  Party Timings –
    To avoid having to give everyone lunch or dinner, plan your party mid afternoon, you want to aim for hosting it between 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (After lunch and before dinner) This way you can provide some light snacks or picnic style food because guests won’t be expecting a meal around these times.
  2. Planning, Planning, Planning! –
    Start researching early, make a Pinterest board and start pinning ideas from early on, this will make you narrow down things like theme, party food ideas & decoration ideas, it’ll also give you time to shop around. Plus, you’ll save the hassle of last minute shopping & buying overpriced things you’ve forgotten.
  3. Venue –
    There are many free venues where you can organise your kid’s birthday party. Try having it outdoor in a park, or for a small fee at a play area (good if you don’t want the hassle of organising, hosting AND cleaning up after) Either will be a memorable experience! 
  4. Invites –
    Send your invites online, via email or even WhatsApp! Saves on buying paper invites and saves on having to track down the invitees & actually handing them out.
  5. Shop Around-
    Don’t pay through the tooth for party items at dedicated party supply shops! You could find elsewhere for less. Sweets & stuff like paper plates & napkins will be cheaper online or at your local supermarket./
  6. Goodie Bags –
    Don’t need to be flashy, you can get a wide variety of bits & bobs that are perfect for party bags from Daiso or Pound Shops/Dollar stores, to fit them into your budget, make a list of affordable items you can include in your goodie bags, multi packs of bubbles, balloons, lollipops & sweets are great to share between the bags & the kids are happy with their loot!
  7. Free activities –
    Get the kids busy with a few free activities like those classic party games you played as a kid, there are plenty of games you can play for nothing.

Musical Chairs
Hot Potato
Keepy Uppy (Keeping a baloon up in the air)
Musical Bumps
Pass The Parcel
Musical Statues
Three legged Race
Duck, Duck, Goose
Simon says

Arts & crafts are also a cheap activity, you can have a dedicated area/table & print out some colouring sheets, or go natural and use stuff you’ve gathered from outside like leaves & twigs!
Once you use these tips as a guide, you’ll find party planning, not only less hassle, but money saving too!

You can also use this guide for any event you are hosting, maybe a baby shower or Eid celebration! Let me know in the comments below if this has been useful & if you have any ideas you’d like to add to the list? & don’t forget to share!!



  1. 31/03/2018 / 8:58 pm

    THis summer my 11 year old had a sleepover with just basics like bags of chips and nail polish. Her friends thought it was great because they were free to do what they want.

    • 01/04/2018 / 9:41 am

      At that age, kids like to feel in control, that’s a great idea!

  2. 03/03/2018 / 4:40 pm

    Great tips! I am also trying to plan months ahead of time so I can make most of the decorations on my silhouette cameo, and planning out the party food so we don’t have to pay for catering. I am shocked at the cost of some of these venues! Since my daughter is only turning to, we’re keeping it free for at least another year!

  3. 03/03/2018 / 6:46 am

    Great list! I have found that the cost of kid’s birthday parties can really add up. I try and do a lot of the food/cake/cookies myself. I normally grab all my paper wear from the Dollar Tree!

  4. 03/03/2018 / 3:12 am

    My advice- skip the goodie bag altogether! I work somewhere with kids parties, and mostly they just don’t care. Just skip it.

  5. 02/03/2018 / 12:20 am

    love this, ur totally right..kids parties nowadays are bling bling style and thats craazy 😀 and these capricorn party supplies are the cutest

    • 02/03/2018 / 10:15 am

      Haha ….Yes, all about the bling!…. my friends 6yr old was invited to a party where a pink limo took them to the spa then on to a restaurant 🤦🏽‍♀️ …. like seriously?! I could only dream of that at 16…. but at 6?? Demands are changing! Lol

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