Organising a children’s party can be stressful, not to mention expensive. If you have kids who are quite happy just to have a sleepover to celebrate their birthday then you are probably getting off lightly! For the rest of us, finding cheap options and thinking of new themes can take over life in the lead up to the party. So we have compiled a list of birthday party ideas that you might want to give a try:
Free/cheap function rooms
Make some enquiries about whether there are any free venues in your local area. Quite often, social clubs will offer a free event venue if you agree to a minimum spend or use their catering. You can use Google to help you find a list of venues such as Oscars Nottingham. Once you have found a free or cheap venue, you can organise activities like party games, which you can do for free if you can get the equipment.
Football centres often offer parties but if you are trying to keep the costs as low as possible, you can always try organising it yourself. If the weather is good then all you need is a football field, a football and some goals. If you want an indoor football party then you can ask the local leisure centres about hiring out an area. If your child is football mad then this kind of party will be the perfect option. You can have prizes for the best team, top goal scorer, best tackler etc.
If you have a good sized garden, or can borrow one for a few hours then a garden party can be great fun. Fill it with games, maybe a bouncy castle or set it up for a princess party with ‘afternoon tea’ style of catering. You can put up a gazebo in case it rains and make the most of the free space, rather than hiring a venue.
You can use the garden to set up a treasure hunt for the kids to follow clues in order to find prizes. Give goodies out for finding each clue and even provide some props/outfits to wear to look like proper treasure hunters!
Throw a unicorn themed party with cute unicorn decorations and lots of arts and crafts materials for the kids to use to create their very own unicorns. You can have a prize for the best unicorn as well as lots of unicorn-themed party games like pin the tail on the unicorn!
Home cinema party
A group trip to the cinema can be expensive but if you have room at home then you can bring the cinema to the house. With lots of popcorn and drinks, 3D glasses and comfy seating, the home cinema could be a big winner. You could theme the party around the film, put up posters and bring out some ice-cream towards the end, dressed as one of the main characters.
It might get a little bit messy but a baking party could be another fun party idea. You could theme around the Great British Bake-off and have a recipe for everyone to follow, with awards for best-decorated cake, most tasty cake etc. If you want to keep it fairly simple, you could do gingerbread man decorating, with the gingerbread man already made so all they need to do is add the icing, with a range of different colours to use.