7 easy hacks to throw junior a brilliant birthday bash on a budget

You won’t feel the pinch of planning the best bash for your kiddo with these nifty cost-cutting strategies.


Woohoo! Your little one’s birthday is just around the corner. You’re probably getting all misty eyed just thinking about it. Reminiscing about the day junior arrived, how it seems like he was a baby just yesterday and how fast he’s growing up.

It’s time to for a reality check once you’re done walking down memory lane ― yep, it’s time to organise junior’s birthday bash! You can bet he’ll want as fancy a do as the one his bestie Jason threw last month.

Birthday parties are lots of fun and mark an important milestone in your little one’s growth and development. However, for long-suffering parents, the event can be tiring, demanding, not to mention, super expensive.

While every party comes with its stressors, you can save on the party itself, without compromising on the awesome factor. How, you ask? Here are easy ways to put together a low-cost shindig.

Tip #1 Venue

The most expensive part of any party is usually the venue, but it’s a cost you can totally avoid. For starters, consider your home as an option, because it’s free! If you think your home is not suitable, why not use that huge pool area in your condo or the multi-purpose hall under your flat? You’ll have to get permission or book it in advance for a small fee, but it’ll be worth it. Which kid doesn’t love a pool party with fun floats, toys and the works?

Tip #2 Invites

Professionally designed and printed invites are all the rage today, but try not get sucked into it. Keep it personal ― and low cost — by using coloured construction paper and creating handwritten invites or search for free printable invites online. Better yet, save the trees and go fully digital! Create the invite on your computer and e-mail or WhatsApp it to your guests. It’s no fuss and completely free.

Keep it personal ― and low cost — by using coloured construction paper and creating handwritten invites or search for free printable invites online.

Tip #3 Décor

When it comes to party décor, the sky’s the limit, but allocate a budget for it. And do the decorations yourself if you have a creative streak. Need inspiration? Check out Pinterest. You can deck the walls by pinning junior’s photos on some thick thread or a length of rope with wooden clips. Or buy a pack of balloons and a pump and blow them up yourself instead of buying them already blown, which usually costs much more.

If all the pretty DIY ideas online have failed to awaken the Martha Stewart in you, fret not. Your local Daiso or Japan Home will comes to your rescue! These stores teem with adorable décor items that cost around $2 each ― trust us when we say you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Tip #4 Entertainment

Entertainment is important to keep the energy levels up at a party. Plus, it keeps the little ones occupied, so they don’t get a chance to feel bored and act out. However, it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Instead of hiring an established singer or musical group, why not invite that friend who is also a budding guitar player to perform? You can also put together a playlist of kid-friendly music on Spotify to play during the party. Photo booths are another great option. They are not too expensive, but provide endless fun.