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5 Money-Saving Tips for an Epic Celebration

Planning events for children is more than just a task—it's an opportunity to unleash your creativity and showcase your artistry. While creating memorable experiences for little ones, it's also important to be conscious of your budget and find ways to save money without compromising on the fun. In this blog post, I'll share five money-saving tips that will help you plan affordable yet epic events for children. Let's dive in!

Shop for Items You Will Keep and Reuse:

Say goodbye to disposable plastic items and embrace a sustainable approach to event planning. Hunt for discounted treasures at thrift stores, car boots, and online platforms like Facebook Marketplace. Invest in items that can be upcycled, recycled, or reused for future events. For example, a decorative crocodile from Next can double as a prop for a themed event and a functional home decor piece. Make a list of reusable party supplies and source them affordably from online marketplaces like Amazon.

Host at Home:

Save on venue costs by hosting the event at home, if space permits. Children love the freedom of running and playing outdoors, especially if the weather cooperates. Although you'll be responsible for setup and cleanup, consider involving a few guests in the process. Opt for DIY decorations like a balloon arch kit to add a festive touch to your home.

DIY Food:

Food preparation can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Kids enjoy interactive food experiences, so skip the expensive cakes and opt for DIY options like ice cream sundaes, kids grazing boards, and decorate-your-own fairy cakes. Get creative and involve the children in preparing their own snacks—it serves as both entertainment and a delicious treat. Explore Pinterest for more kids party food ideas that are budget-friendly.

Entertainment Can Be Free:

You don't always need to hire expensive entertainers to keep the children engaged. Host a film viewing, dress up as their favorite character and read a story, or enlist the help of a family member or friend with high energy to entertain the kids. Create a unique experience by incorporating elements from popular stories or movies. For instance, read an interactive version of Peter Pan and watch the Disney classic with your child while they dress up as a character.

Part Ways with Junk:

Party Bag Fillers: Let's say goodbye to Poundland toys that break in a day and embrace meaningful party bag fillers. Allocate a budget for party favors and consider alternatives that leave a lasting impression. One idea is to provide Polaroid pictures that guests can take home as a memento. Utilize an instant camera you already own, like the Kodak Insta Camera, to capture memories that children can cherish beyond the event.

Here is a full list of the totally re-usable party supplies I found on Amazon that I purchased for this event: PARTY PLANNING AMAZON LIST

I made this DIY balloon arch using a kit I found on Amazon here.

Planning children's events is an exciting opportunity to showcase your creativity while keeping your budget in check. By shopping for reusable items, hosting at home, DIYing food, creating unique entertainment experiences, and opting for meaningful party favors, you can create an epic celebration that will be remembered by both the children and their parents. Embrace the art of event planning and watch as your creativity brings smiles to the faces of young partygoers.

The film re-fill is £14.00 and is the best way to give your guest a little keepsake from the event or to add to their party bag with a slice of cake or cupcake! It's a great way to add a memorable snapshot of the day, and also a great way to re-use an item for many more events to come. You can find this camera and the film on Amazon here.

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