How to Hold a Budget Birthday Party

We all know how much children look forward to their birthdays – but if you are on a budget and you have a young family, you might not be looking forward to it as much as them! As well as saving to buy them the presents that they want, you might also be dreading the expense of a big birthday party. If you are planning a budget birthday party, we have lots of great ideas and tips for how to make it a really fun occasion. Your children will love their budget birthday party and you’ll be thrilled that they have had a great time without spending a fortune.

Make use of the great outdoors for a budget birthday party

Hiring a venue can be pricey. Soft play centres and even village halls all charge an hourly rate to hire a room and this can soon add up. However, if you are lucky enough to have children with spring or summer birthdays then why not have a birthday picnic party at the park. This is a great way to have a budget birthday party. Simply ask people to bring a packed lunch and all you need to bring is the cake and balloons. The children can have great fun on the slides and climbing frames getting some fresh air and best of all – it’s free!

Ask your friends to give talents instead of gifts

Instead of getting yet more Lego given to your little ones, why not ask your friends to give one of their talents as a gift instead to help you save money. This is a great way to create a budget birthday party. If you have a friend who loves cooking, maybe they can bake the cake, perhaps a friend who is a great singer can sing a special version of happy birthday and, if you are lucky enough to know someone who is good at entertaining children, they might be happy to run a few party games for you. It’s a brilliant way to make everyone feel really involved in your party and will make it a very special budget birthday party to remember for your children.

Go off peak for better deals

Peak party times such as the weekends can often be prohibitively expensive at popular venues such as soft play, sports centres or roller rinks. However, if you shop around you may find that many offer much cheaper prices for off peak times such as after school, in the evenings or during the daytime. Make sure that you ask any venues that you are interested in if they offer any seasonal discounts or packages as this could help you really save money.

Share your party!

A great idea for a budget birthday party that still has a wow factor is to share your party with others. If your children have friends at school or cousins that have birthdays close together, it can be a great idea to pool resources and have a shared party – this saves you money and means that if 2 or 3 parents get together they can afford a party that would have been too expensive to pay for on their own.


As you can see, there are some fabulous ideas for how to plan a budget birthday party for your kids. However, if you want to splash out for a special birthday or you need a helping hand with financing a party then a short-term cash loan could be the perfect solution. Get in touch to find out how we can help you create a party to remember!
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