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Why your child’s birthday is important

By Ijeoma Thomas-Odia
28 May 2022   |   2:38 am
Birthing a baby comes with its unique excitement and rush of emotions, not only for the parents but also for family and friends around. Hence, celebrating your child’s birth anniversary

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Birthing a baby comes with its unique excitement and rush of emotions, not only for the parents but also for family and friends around. Hence, celebrating your child’s birth anniversary is also key; not only to mark the day but also to give relevance and make your child feel very loved.

While you are not mandated to throw lavish parties, especially when you are on a budget, ensure that the day is marked significantly. This teaches your kids the importance of time as they grow older, helps them create social relationships as people come to celebrate the day with them; strengthens their self-esteem and identity, and makes them happy.

So, to make your child’s special day memorable on a budget, it is very important to start out pretty early to avoid unnecessary expenses. This is achievable by working on a budget. Decide on the gift you will get for your child, the number of people to feed, decorations items needed and the space to host guests (if needed).

Save on decorations by doing it yourself. It should be a fun and money-saving activity to do ahead of time with the birthday child and in fact, the rest members. Kids love to paint and play with shapes and colours. Hence, it is an excellent way to set the tone for the birthday celebrations and charge up the atmosphere with laughter and airiness without overstretching your bank account balance.

A home party can help you stay on a budget, instead of paying for a space. With a few decorations and adjustments here and there, you can turn your living room or backyard into a great party space. Also, stay on a budget-friendly theme. There are cartoon characters that require a whole lot to achieve, let your child understand why you have to change the theme to suit your budget and ensure that your choice of theme still gives the same effect.

Opt for free entertainment. You don’t have to hire a clown or a celebrity entertainer to host a memorable party. There are a thousand other ways to improvise. You could organise some games and have your kid and guests play musical chairs, pin the tail on the donkey, a dance, sing-off challenge or a game of hide-and-seek. This creates a lot of fun and it’s easy for adults to forget how many children’s games there are that are not only free but a lot of fun.

If possible, combine birthday celebrations for multiple kids. It could be your child’s classmate, cousin or playmate. This puts you on a budget and you can split costs. While this won’t work for everyone, it is still a budget-friendly way to make your child’s day memorable.

Stick to a few guests you can cater for. Don’t be cajoled to invite everyone and then run into debts. Take consolation in the reality that when you have a smaller group to host, you can afford to spend more per person and have an awesome experience, rather than having a ton of guests and trying to accommodate that group with your smaller budget. Ensure to keep it simple and lively, there are so many other birthdays on their way.