Let’s face it – the moment we finish up planning and hosting one birthday party, it feels like our eager birthday enthusiasts are coming up with big ideas for the next! With so many parties to plan and birthdays to attend, it’s important to save where ever we can! Here are some of Little Steps tried and tested ways to have your next fab birthday party on a budget!
Parks and beaches are perfect spaces for kids to play and adults to relax while soaking up some vitamin D! The best part is it’s free! And you’ll be spoiled for choice in Hong Kong with our list of best parks and beaches! Unfortunately, the weather can be unpredictable, so if you’re opting for an indoor venue, keep the guest list small and host a party at home or check if yours or a friend’s clubhouse room is available for rent.
Best Parks in Hong Kong, www.littlestepsasia.com/hong-kong/articles/play/hong-kong-best-parks
Best Family Beaches in Hong Kong, https://www.littlestepsasia.com/hong-kong/articles/play/top-10-family-beaches
There are incredible options in Hong Kong to buy party decorations, but if you want to make things more personable and get the munchkins involved, why not make your own? Website, Etsy sells customizable e-designs for personalized banners, cupcake toppers, and signage for a minimum fee. All you need to do is print and cut! If DIY decor isn’t your thing, leave the work behind and check out the markets in Sham Shui Po, where entire streets are dedicated to party decorations. Pre-filled helium balloons can also hike up costs.
Little Steps Party Decoration Guide, www.littlestepsasia.com/hong-kong/articles/party/party-decoration-guide
Little Steps Video: Sham Shui Po Markets For Cheap Party Decorations, Shopping In Sham Shui Po
Pre-Designed Digital DIY Decorations, www.Etsy.com
Create your own free (yes, free!) invitation on apps like Canva. With plenty of pre-designed invitations available for your tots to choose from, personalizing your invite on this app is fun, quick, and easy! Etsy also sells gorgeous digital invites for a minimum fee, typically ranging from HK$50-100. Skip the printing altogether and go completely digital by sending e-vites to be cost-effective and eco-friendly too! That’s a win-win for us!
Free Digital Invite Designs, www.Canva.com
Digital Invite Designs, www.Etsy.com
Thanks to a quick Google search, coming up with your own games and activities for birthdays is a lot easier! There is a myriad of bloggers and Pinterest pages to help even the least creative amongst us come up with innovate games! However, with busy schedules, this could become time-consuming. Facebook group, Hong Kong Teens PT, a group connecting teens and adults for part-time work and projects, allows you to hire teens who can arrange slime activities, face-paint, or coach a sports game at reasonable rates.
Hire Hong Kong Teens Part-Time, Facebook page
Baking is a fun way to get the little ones involved while fitting in parent-child bonding time! So head over to I Love Cake for everything baking, especially when it comes to baking cake, cupcakes or lovely cookies. Check them online to get your list ready! You can add a personal touch by adding cute (and cheap!) cupcake toppers from printed designs on Etsy or Canva! Another money-saver tip: Look in your kid’s toy boxes for figurines to place on top of the cake for an added flare!
Built-in party activities can also equate to stress-free party favors! Place artwork or photos into DIY frames. DIY Slime is always a favorite and serves as an activity, and a party takes away after being placed in small containers. Eco-friendly alternatives such as stainless steel water bottles can be effortlessly personalized with letter stickers to become an appreciated long-term parting gift.
One-Stop DIY Arts And Craft Stores, www.littlestepsasia.com/hong-kong/articles/shop/one-stop-arts-crafts
DIY Slime Shopping, www.littlestepsasia.com/hong-kong/articles/play/dragon-centre-slime-shopping
With smartphone cameras getting more advanced each year, you may not even need a high-end camera. Ask a friend or an older sibling to volunteer their time and help you capture moments from the special day! And if you do have a high-quality camera, dust it off for the special occasion. Hiring a teen from Hong Kong Teens PT Facebook, a group connecting teens and adults for part-time work, to snap the photos may help a student gain more experience while being a more cost-effective option for you.
Hire Hong Kong Teens Part-Time, Facebook page
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