Working with What You Have: 4 Tips for Throwing a Last Minute Kids Party
Tips for Putting Together a Fun and Stress-Free Kid’s Birthday Party on Short Notice
Today, the average kid’s birthday party runs parent’s around $400, which means by the time a child reaches the age of 21, more than $28,000 would have been spent on parties alone. While this is considered the “average,” if you are like other parents, you may think it seems a bit over the top.
The good news is, you can plan an amazing and fun child’s party for a reasonable amount of money and get it all done on short notice. Interested in learning how to pull this off? If so, keep reading. Here you will find some tried and true tips that can help make party planning easy and hassle-free.
When you are limited on the amount of time you have to plan a kid’s birthday party, sending out traditional invitations may not be an option. That’s OK! Instead, go digital.
According to a “Parents” survey, 73 percent of respondents stated that while they sent paper invitations for the last party, they plan on using digital invitations in the future. There are several options here. You can actually create digital invitations to mimic the paper ones and deliver them via email, or you can send out social media invites. Both methods are effective, affordable, and fast.
Avoid the Party Store Traps
You may be tempted to run to the local party store for decorations and other must-have party items. However, in most cases, the prices at these local, bricks and mortar locations are going to be high, after all, the convenience is worth the high price tag, right?
There’s no reason to settle for paying more when you are short on time. Instead, shop for your party supplies at Party Fairy. By buying online, you can reap the benefits of lower prices, a bigger selection, and fast shipping. This can also help you avoid the crowds at the party store that you may encounter.
Make Your Cake
One of the highest ticket items for any birthday party is the cake. Save money by using an inexpensive box mix and substitute the water with buttermilk. This provides a cake that isn’t quite as sweet, and firmer. You can make homemade buttercream frosting, and then purchase a few decorations at the store. This will save you money, and chances are your cake will taste amazing and be a real crowd pleaser.
Not to mention, you can avoid the time that goes into finding someone to make the cake, and then paying the outrageous fee they are likely going to charge.
Have you ever priced a petting zoo for your party? Or, what about one of the popular bouncy houses? If so, you know it can get pricey. Not to mention, most of these sources of party entertainment are booked months in advance. So, if you have just a few days to plan, don’t worry, you can still make it work.
A great option is to take advantage of your child’s vivid imagination. Consider creating a “treasure hunt,” where the price is the guest’s party favors. Or, you can have mini-carnival games with supplies purchased from the local dollar store. These are fun for kids, fast sources of entertainment, and affordable.
Throwing a last-minute child’s birthday party may seem a bit stressful at first, but with the tips here, you can create an unforgettable event for everyone who attends.