Children’s Birthday Parties: They Don’t Have to Cost a Fortune! – Guest Post


This is a partnered guest post.

When it comes to planning children’s birthday parties, there can be a lot of pressure to spend a lot of money in order to give your child a day to remember. But that isn’t always a viable option, and there are many ways to throw your child a great party using inexpensive activities and games. With this to think about alongside all the other party components such as the food and drinks, it can turn into a very stressful undertaking! However with some planning and a bit of imagination, you can give your child a party to remember that doesn’t break your bank balance.


When your child has already been to many parties during the year, it’s nice to do something a bit different. One idea that ticks a lot of boxes is having the children personalise their own t-shirts. Not only is this a great activity, the kids can take the t-shirts home to help them remember the day. This is an inexpensive yet creative task for the children, and you don’t have to be an expert in t-shirt printing to help get them involved. In fact, with this type of activity you can leave the kids to play and draw whilst getting other things ready (such as sorting out the all important birthday cake!). You could even give them some paper to practise on first to get their design sorted, which means you don’t have to waste t-shirts if the kids go wrong.


To prepare for the activity, you can buy plain t-shirts in multipacks that are relatively cheap and you can get lots of different fabric pens or paints from craft shops. If the children are quite young, fabric pens might be better as they will be less likely to make a mess elsewhere with them.  If you do trust the children with paint, and if the weathers nice, you could bring the activity outside and use a patio table with some newspaper to prevent the paint from staining the furniture. This will save you worrying about the mess made in the house! This is an activity that is also easy to set up before the children get there, which saves you a lot of time when you are hosting the party. If the weather isn’t so good, you can still do the activity inside – just make sure you have some protective material for the floor and maybe some soapy water on hand just in case there are any spillages! This will also help the kids clean their hands after they have finished.


Some children might be more artistic than others, so you could always invest in some stencils. This will give everyone a chance to create an interesting new piece of clothing and it ensures that everybody has a fun day. Any equipment you have left over can be used for a rainy day in the future, and you could even recycle old clothes to give them a new lease of life. Before long your children will be wearing their own unique designs everywhere!


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  1. I really like the personalized t-shirt idea! That’s a fun one,and you’re right. They make lots of great fabric pens, etc. now.

  2. I love those name tags on the chairs!

  3. Thanks for this t-shirt idea. It’s my little boy’s birthday party on Saturday so this should keep them entertained for a while.

  4. Those are cute ideas. I have to plan Jake an awesome 16th birthday party this year.

  5. Mallorie Valdez says:

    I love the tshirt idea! Thats so much better than just giving away cheap party favors too because its personlized by them! Thank you!

  6. Love these ideas 🙂

  7. Great post! Thanks for the ideas.

  8. We had an expensive party at a kid’s themed pizza place. I think we are going for a party like this next year.

  9. Great ideas!

  10. What a fun idea! It would be fun for my little guy to do some sort of finger painting on shirts and a cute keepsake for down the road.

  11. Love the decorations and thanks for the tips. I hate throwing parties for the kids just so much planning and energy.

  12. What wonderful ideas!

  13. I always go way overboard. Thanks for the tips!

  14. Great idea! Kids tend to like cheaper, hands-on things better in the end anyway.

  15. I usually buy the kids birthday shirts, making them is a good idea!

  16. Great ideas – I think my daughter would love to do custom tees at her next party!

  17. That is such a great idea!

  18. Awesome, what great ideas! Beautiful colors in the picture!

  19. Planning for kids birthday parties can be such fun. I’m helping my niece plan her daughter’s party right now. The theme is Candy Lane which I’m thinking will be so much fun!

  20. What an amazing idea and since my children love arts & crafts, it would be great for them to do on a summer afternoon as well.

  21. This sounds so fun, kids love to be creative and they get to enjoy what they make too.

  22. This really looks neat. Planning parties can take a lot out of you.

  23. Bonnie F says:

    These are great ideas! Thanks!

  24. Great post! I couldn’t agree more. I made all the decorations for my 8 year old’s party last year and it saved a ton of money.

  25. Love the name tags, super cute.

  26. Simple is best and the personalization is fab!