Cake, decor, invites! Kids’ parties can be expensive, but you CAN cut the cost − thanks to our Fedhealth #FamilyTime series.
MAKE YOUR OWN INVITES
Party invitations can cost up to R400, but you can design and create your own online. Check out the great free electronic invites from sites like Paperless Post, Evite and Canva, and you’ll save hundreds!
THINK IN FOURS
Most party packs of cups and plates come in multiples of four or eight… so if you invite nine children, they’ll go to waste! Rather buy plastic tableware that you can use year after year. Mr Price Home sells four plastic plates for R60, which will be cheaper than buying paper plates in the long run – you’ll just have to wash them!
Don’t pay for an entertainer – a treasure hunt, plus a parent dressed up and telling jokes or a story and leading the games works just as well. How about face painting? A lot of professional face painters use the Snazaroo Ultimate Party Pack, but you can easily do it yourself with any of the Snazaroo face painting books, which show you how to create the look, and paints from your local party store will go for much less.
Most games don’t cost a cent – musical statues, musical chairs or pin the tail on the donkey – and you can pick up party prizes at CNA or Checkers for about R30 a bag. One large packet of sweets will be enough – remember, kids don’t need it to be fancy, they just want to have fun!
CHOOSE A VENUE
Hiring a venue can cost more than R1 500! If doing it at home fills you with dread (even though it might involve less admin), what about the park, if the weather permits?
Find a safe, publicly available spot, and you could save loads!
There’s no need to go OTT with food and drink. Slash the cost by serving jugs of fruit juice, hot dogs or pizzas, chips, cake and fruit. Keep it simple, and avoid unnecessary waste.
If you don’t have the time to make a cake, but still want something personal, buy a plain iced celebration cake for around R70 from Pick n Pay. Decorate it with sugar-craft decorations from your local baking store, or ready-made cake confetti from the supermarket baking shelves. You’ll get a bespoke cake and save around R400!
FORGET THE PARTY PACK RUBBISH!
Instead of giving out party bags full of sweets, do a craft activity as part of the entertainment, which the kids can then take home. Try decorating paper plates, canvas bags or T-shirts. Otherwise, look at book box sets, and split them up to give each child a nice gift, rather than a bag of rubbish – their parents will love you for it, too!