Toddler Parties: 5 Tips & Ideas

There comes a day as a parent where you realise that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to give your children the most special, memorable birthday party. Did you know a full in-person party for your toddler full of activities, treats, party favours, and decorations can be achieved at a low cost?

Here are our tips and ideas for an exciting yet inexpensive toddler party:

  1. The easiest way to save money while planning any party is to limit the number of guests you invite. Of course, this is something we have to do this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic anyways, so this task should not be too difficult. While you may be tempted to invite all of your family members, all of your friends with kids, as well as all your child’s friends and their parents, but it is best to limit the list to a select few little friends and their parents.
  2. Choose a free venue, whether that be a beautiful outdoor public park and playground or even your back garden. Yes, beautiful private venues are great for photographs, but your child will have fun no matter where the party is hosted, so opting for a free venue is a great way to save money.
  3. Plan everything from the decorations to party favours to food that will be served, well in advance. The earlier you plan, the better prepared you will be and the less money you will spend on more expensive items you forgot last minute.
  4. Ask your toddler what eats and treats they want at their party. After all, kid-friendly foods are the cheapest of them all! You may want to serve fancy finger foods and platters to impress the parents, but the kids will most likely want things closer to mini sandwiches, pizza, fruit, and some sweet treats.
  5. You may have browsed Pinterest and created a board of a perfectly curated party for your toddler, but parties like that can cost thousands of Rands. Set aside R300 and purchase some colourful balloons, coloured plates and cups, as well as some streamers. That should do the trick!
  6. Bake your own goodies. Simple things like cupcakes and rice krispy treats are not only easy, they’re inexpensive, too. Having a professional baker put together a beautiful cake for your toddler can cost the price of an entire dessert table, so if you can skip it, your wallet will thank you.

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