According to Reviewed, a recent study revealed that the average parent spends about $400 on their child’s birthday party. Perhaps your child’s first birthday was simple, involving family and a few friends. Now that they are older, you might want to make their toddler parties all the more memorable.
While there is no harm in splurging on your kid’s birthday celebration, you’ll likely still want to keep it budget-friendly. Like any other event, planning a kid’s birthday party is not an easy task. However, with a few tricks, you can make your child’s party unforgettable.
Create a Party Checklist and Budget
Creating a birthday party checklist and a financial plan is vital for throwing an ultimate party. With a streamlined budget, you can decide if booking a venue is manageable or not. Reserving a party spot is ideal because the venue management will handle all your planning needs.
If you have a limited budget, a home party can still be a fantastic option as you can decorate with things like balloons, streamers, and solid-colored paper decorations. Also, determine if baking at home is viable. If you can’t bake, find a bakery that offers discounted prices for themed birthday cakes, desserts, and snacks.
Prepare for Gifts
Once the party is over, your child will be eager to open their presents. Although he may have received more than enough, nothing will excite him more than a gift from his parents. Therefore, consider shopping for special toys in advance, preferably during the planning phase. If you are in doubt of how to find the ideal gift/toy, there are plenty of birthday gift ideas for toddlers online where you can seek inspiration if needed.
When picking toys for toddlers, don’t focus on fun only, consider educational elements as well. For instance, a Noah’s Ark toy will not only entertain your kid but also teach them about different animals. Similarly, things like toy tablets can help children identify colors and numbers.
Organize Fun Activities
Try coming up with a list of toddler-friendly party games before the event begins. Make sure each activity has a set time limit, as you do not want toddlers to get irritable while engaging in the same game for over ten minutes. Freeze dance, a treasure hunt, a craft station, and bubble birthday bash are popular party games you can try.
Though your child won’t care much for party planning, always include their input. For instance, if you are trying to find a theme for the party, ask them to name a favorite character in a cartoon. Not only will including their favorite characters and interests spark joy but also transform a regular party into an amazing celebration for your toddler.
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