When you plan to throw a party for your children, one of the biggest costs can be the food. Decorations and invitations are relatively cheap when you think about it. But everyone comes to a party expecting to bed at least something, right? But if planned and prepared well, it doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. Here are a few hints and tips to make sure that the food at your party doesn’t cost the earth.
Plan the Time of Your Party
If you are planning the birthday party around lunch or dinnertime, then people will expect something substantial to eat. So if you want to spend as little as possible, maybe the party should be held in the afternoon (2-4 pm, for example) for younger children. You could have it after 6 pm for older children perhaps. At these times, the chances are that they will come to the party, already having had a proper meal. So it saves you money when it comes to the cost of the food. All you will need to get is a few nibbles.
Make Most of the Food Yourself
If you can, make most of the food yourself. Pre packaged food can be costly. Plus, you don’t know what has gone in the ingredients necessarily. So plan it out and play to your strengths. If there are things that you know how to make, then go with those things. Then you know how long things will take to prepare, if you have made them before.
Alternatives to a Birthday Cake
Most say that it wouldn’t be a birthday party without a cake. But cakes can be pricey to create, even if you make them yourself. So one way to save could be having an alternative. I think things like doughnuts or cake pops are a great idea. As they are individual things, each child can take one home too. Then you don’t have to worry about slicing the cake and putting in the children’s party bags. They look cute on display too. If you’ve not thought or made of making cake pops before, it is quite simple. You could follow a tutorial from Cake Journal, for help, though. There are lots of ideas online on how to decorate cake pops too.
Sweet or Savoury
If you are going to only have a few snacks and drinks out for the children attending, will you go for just sweet or savoury? I think that having both, when it is only meant as a snack, can cost quite a lot. So go with one or the other. It is more appropriate to have both, when you are providing a ‘meal’ for the kids, rather than just snacks.
Depending on what kind of party you are having, it might be appropriate to make it a potluck style party. Then the budget for the food is shared among a few other people. This works especially well when it is a family party.