Thankfully the restrictions that have governed our lives for so many months due to the Coronavirus may be about to be lifted – and that’s great news for partners who are looking to provide the little ones with a memorable birthday experience. The youngest members of the family may have been denied the company of their friends so a great birthday party is a fun way to get those socialization skills back on track. However, finding fun activities for a generation that spends an increasing amount of time in front of screens can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are some great ideas that will add to the excitement without breaking the bank.
Budgeting has become increasingly important given that many households have had to tighten their belts over the last year, but you can save money, that can then be used to make the birthday party even better.
Firstly, old school may be cool, but that’s no reason not to take advantage of technology. Don’t splurge on those printed invitations from the party shop, sent out electronic invites.
There are some great free image software websites that will allow you to design your own invites. You can also save a significant amount of money by not buying candies and items for goodie bags by taking a trip to a Big Box store rather than visiting a party shop. Plan ahead and order online. You can also save by just shopping around on some party-related websites.
Arts and Crafts
Add to the excitement by combining arts and crafts and entertainment. Age-appropriate arts and crafts such as paper mache for the older kids or glitter and glue art are both great. Decorating their own cupcakes is also a whole lot of delicious fun. Wizards are not going out of style anytime soon. Some glue and glitter and some gardening supply sticks and some ribbon (add some moon and star cutouts) and everyone will soon have their very own wand. Ensure that play doesn’t get too rough – sticks can be dangerous. If you really feel like going that extra mile then add a bubble machine – bubbles will always be fun – and they will add that bit of magic to the celebration.
No-Money Fun Activites
The classic activities for ages 4-8 are also great. Think about musical chairs or ‘Simon Says’. A few small gifts as prizes (just make sure no-one goes home empty-handed) and the kids will be entertained for hours.
IF you’re lucky enough to have a spacious yard then have some river sand trucked in (make sure it’s kid-friendly). A pile of river sand, some cheap, Big Box toys (beware of choking hazards) and the kids will keep themselves entertained for hours. Make sure that an adult is at hand all the time to act as a supervisor.
Not So Expensive but Makes a Great Party – Bounce Houses
This might seem like it goes against the grain of this article, and depending on your budget, it may. However many bounce house rental companies charge about $300 for a daily rental of a bounce castle. This may be a lot of money to you, but if you can pull together the funds it will make the day extremely run for everybody. You’ll get all the neighborhood kids coming over to have fun to!
With some forethought, the kids will be entertained for hours. Don’t fall into the trap of spending until it hurts. Very young children only need the barest of necessities to excite their imagination. The adults attending the party may require a little more in order to enjoy the day.