Children’s parties are notoriously expensive events, but they don’t need to be. One area to trim costs is on party favors. A week after the event children will remember how much fun they had at the party, not what cheap little toys they brought home with them.
One idea to trim costs while still allowing the children to take home something they will actually be happy with is to make your own piñata and fill it with penny candy. Kids love candy of all kinds, so this is a cheap alternative to the typical favor bags that include cheaply made toys that are destroyed after only a few uses. A piñata is relatively easy to make and having one at a party requires one less game or activity that needs to be planned to keep kids occupied.
Another idea that doubles as a party activity for the kids and will cut costs on the party favors is to have the kids make a craft during the party that they will take home and be able to display. The possibilities with this are endless. You could have the children make picture frames out of popsicle sticks and paint. You could even take pictures of the party and print them out on your home printer before the guests leave and insert one in each of the frames. If the party is close to the holidays you could have everyone create ornaments from felt, cardstock, or laminated printer paper.
Pipe cleaners are very inexpensive and can be used to make anything from stick figures, animals, or pencil holders. The possibilities for using crafts to cut the costs on party favors are endless. A little imagination will go a long way in saving a lot of money.
Making each guest their own cupcake to take home is an easy way to cut the costs of a party. For about $2 you can make enough cupcakes to allow each child to take home one plus have extras for them to enjoy during the party. Another option that saves time would be to allow the children to ice and decorate their own cupcakes during the party. Children love decorating cupcakes, so be sure to have plenty of sprinkles, candies, nuts and any other toppings you can think of on hand.
Getting creative with your party favors is an easy way to cut the costs of your children’s parties, so have fun with it, and remember the children will create fonder memories playing together than from a bag full of slinkies, bubbles, bouncy balls, and candy!