Throwing a kid’s birthday party is no different from throwing an adult party – it consistent of all of the same elements ESPECIALLY food and money. Of course you don’t want to break the bank planning a birthday party this summer but you sure want to throw Pinterest worthy party. I have 4 simple ways to save on food when you are throwing a kid’s birthday party.
LIMIT THE NUMBER OF GUESTS
Knowing how many guests you are going to provide food for is a MAJOR key. This helps set the baseline for your party planning….knowing how many guests = not buying unnecessary food and SAVING money. There are a lot of +1’s going on at a kid’s party due to the parent’s , so have a preset number of kid’s that you will like to invite and decide what you will be serving off of your number of guests.
SCHEDULE PARTY BETWEEN 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Having your kid’s birthday party between lunch and dinner is PRIME time, it allows you to really cut back your menu to simply just:
- Ice cream
- Light snack (really optional)
This will definitely cut your budget way down by just having a serving desert at the birthday party. Be sure to include on your invite that just cake and ice cream will be served, therefore no one will be expecting a full meal.
FOOD BARS FOR KIDS
Food bars are just styled food stations that give your guests the chance to go CRAZY and create their own food masterpieces and who better to do that than kids. Having food bars allows you to focus on ONE main dish instead of a variety of dishes. Just add a variety toppings, dressings, or dipping sauces to accompany your food bar.
Cupcakes are a good option instead of having cake, cupcakes are just individual mini cakes that everyone can have instead of having leftover cake at the end of the party. Also, if make or purchase cupcakes, leave off the icing so that the kids can decorate their own cupcakes. You can make your own icing with any flavor that would like (a much better healthier alternative) and it can act as an activity on your party list. Two for one, you can’t beat that. Now, if you must get a cake – get a small one that can be shared with just the family.
What kind of kid’s birthday party will you be hosting this summer? Comment below.