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How to Host an Affordable, Artsy Kid's Birthday Bash!

by Amanda Henderson

Birthday parties are always memorable events, but they don’t have to break the bank to be fun. In fact, creativity-themed parties can keep children (and even parents!) engaged and entertained. Best of all, kids have a project to take home, so there’s no need for creating pricey, trinket-filled goodie bags! Choosing an event expert like The Giggling Pig Art & Party Studio can save you time, money, and energy while providing a fun outing for all.

Pre-Party Planning

When you start planning your child’s party, a good rule of thumb is to invite one friend for each year of age. Using this formula, a 10-year-old could invite 10 friends to the party. Of course, if you’re hosting during the school year or including teams or social groups, you may decide to take an “invite the whole class” approach to ensure no one feels excluded. The key is to get an accurate headcount so you can plan food, activities, and have enough space for kids to enjoy themselves. Consider no-cost “evites” sent via text or email to guests — or even better, have your child create their own handmade invitations.

Select a Theme

Parties always come together when you have a theme, and “Art Party” or “Crafting Celebration” are themes that can be enjoyed by all genders and ages. When you select a craft project, you have the opportunity to save money buying items in bulk, and buying online with coupons can also save you cash and even get you money back. If you opt for an art party studio, you can select a Giggling Pig package that fits your budget. Choose from ready-to-assemble projects to fun activities like painting mugs or finishing wood crafts. Some places may even provide snacks and goodies!

Location, Location, Location

According to Parenting magazine, you don’t need to rent out a hall or a play place to host a fun, budget-friendly kid’s birthday party — though all-inclusive art studio parties save you the hassle of set-up and clean-up. If you have enough space in your home or yard, that works just fine, too! Local parks and community recreation centers often have space available, and if you’re providing food, many eateries like pizza joints, ice cream parlors, and burger places provide private rooms or seating sections for your exclusive use when you order food. Host your party before or after typical eating times so you can save money by providing treats and cake rather than a full meal.

Provide Creative Entertainment

Instead of bringing in high-priced entertainers for your child’s party, make the party guests the center of attention. Provide inexpensive or no-cost props in line with your party theme and take lots of “action” shots during the early stages of the party. When it’s time for cake, you can run a slideshow on a monitor set to the birthday child’s favorite playlist! According to Better Baker Club, you can even make the cake itself part of the festivities. Consider hosting a cupcake party and providing all of the decorating tools kids need to make their own creations. Not only will they have a blast, but you get out of baking or buying a birthday cake!

The main focus of kid’s birthday parties should be the fun and camaraderie, not the price. Discount retailers and dollar stores are great places to find everything from colorful, inexpensive party décor like streamers, balloons and matching cups, plates, napkins, and cutlery — all the way down to thank-you notes.

If you’re looking for a memorable and creative party, contact The Giggling Pig Art & Party Studio. In addition to in-person events in Shelton and Bethel CT, you can also opt for a virtual party from anywhere!

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