Budget Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Tweens/Teens
Budget Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Tweens/Teens
Birthdays are a fun and special time for your Bundaberg tweens and teens, with birthday parties being remembered for years to come.
Not everything has to be state of the art every year. You can still wow your kids with budget friendly alternatives in Bundaberg. Older kids don’t generally need loads of fancy decorations or dozens of meticulously planned party games; save time and money by committing to one good idea. Here are some of our ideas for your Wide Bay Kid’s birthday party that won’t break the bank:
- Game Night: Whether its board games, cards games or video games, all kids will have a blast with a Game Night. No need to plan and organise extra activities, just take out the family games or ask the guests to bring their favourite games so there a little fun for everyone. This can keep a group of tweens occupied for hours with the only real expense being the food and drinks.
- Movie Night: Grab the popcorn and pillows and settle in for a cosy Movie Night. This idea gives your kid a chance to pick a theme like scary movies, rom coms, Harry Potter, classics, or enjoy a bit of everything. As long as everyone has pillows and blankets you’ll only need to provide the popcorn, drinks and maybe some pizza for your kid to have the best birthday.
- Pool/Beach Party: If you have a pool in your backyard, a local pool in your area, or even a nice beach, consider cooling off with a pool or beach party. This is a great idea for birthdays in those Summer months. Make sure to supply lots of water and sunscreen with the kids being out in the heat and try some quick and easy frozen treats, like zooperdoopers or DIY ice blocks to keep the masses happy.
- Scavenger Hunt: This one’s a great idea for those kids who love a challenge. Your scavenger hunt could be around the yard, in the park or even at a shopping centre. You can include riddles for an extra level of difficulty. I had a lot of fun with this idea at Hinkler, where the teams had a list of riddles that they had to solve and find the answer somewhere within the shopping centre and take a photo of it. This takes a little bit of planning but is a fun, affordable to make your kid’s birthday special.
- Tea Party: It’s quite sophisticated to celebrate ones birthday with a proper fancy tea-party. This one is especially popular with young ladies, who get a chance to dress up and drink tea from fancy tea cups. Mini sandwiches and cupcakes are always a hit for this kind of party and make sure you have lots of tea or other sweet beverages.
- Birthday Bake-off: Put your kid’s skills to the test with a Bake-off party. This one might be on the messier side but the kids are sure to have fun making their baked creations, as well as learning new skills along the way. You can get your kids to follow tasty recipes and bake from scratch or a box mix will do and they can focus of decorating their desserts. As a bonus they’ll make the treats for themselves and you won’t need to spend extra time or money on baking.
- Campfire Party: If you have a backyard fire pit a campfire party might be a good idea. Cooking sausages and marshmallows over the fire, telling stories and sleeping in tents is a great way to for your kid to gain a little independence and have fun with their friends. We had a lot of fun with our campfire jaffle makers making easy canned spaghetti jaffles, that the kids loved.
- Pyjama Party: A Pyjama Party is great for the older kids where they can choose there own sleepover activities like, video games, cupcake decorating, card games, nail painting or just watching some movies. This is an easy hands-off idea for those teenagers that want a bit more independence and responsibility, as long as they remain fed, they’ll stay happy.
- DIY Spa: Another hit with the girls, a DIY Spa day is a cheap way to make your kid feel pampered for their birthday. With some relaxing music, cheap facemasks and nail polish with some appetisers and fancy drinks you have a group of perfectly pampered teens.
- Painting Party: Let out your kid’s creative spirit with a painting party. With some cheap canvasses and paint your guests can follow along with a YouTube tutorial that can go home as party favours or have a go at painting portraits of one-another.
- Sports Party: If you have an outgoing, sporty kid, this one might be for you. Turn their birthday into a big sporting event, whether be a watch party of a big upcoming game or holding a competition themselves they’ll have ball. Provide lots of nibbley food and drink and you can’t go wrong.
- Night Games Party: Get all the guests to bring a torch and watch the kids have fun running around playing night games like spotlight or capture the flag or look up the rules for some new fun games. Add some glowsticks for a little extra fun.
Decorations and Invitations
You don’t need to spend a fortune on decorations or invitation for your teen’s birthday party only for them to be thrown away the next day. Here are some of our tips on keeping your decoration costs low:
- Borrow: Ask around if anyone who know has any old decorations that they’re not using lying around that you could get another use out of.
- Look out for sales: Shops will often have sales in their party sections, especially after holidays so look out for those price reductions and stock up on what you need.
- Visit Op Shops: Try you local op shop for any cheap decorations that you can use.
- DIY: Have a look around what you have at home and gather some cheap materials to make your own decorations and invitation, any card, tissue and other crafts supply can be turned into party decorations.
- Canva: Making invitations at home has never been easy with programs like Canva. You can choose from pre-made templates and easily customise them for you kid.
- E-vites: You don’t even have to make physical invitations at all, try making a Facebook invitation or just email it out to all the guests.