How to Plan a Christmas Party for Kids: Budget-friendly Ideas!

Keeping holiday costs down may seem like wishful thinking. So we’d like to offer some help, especially with planning a kiddie Christmas party on a budget! Luckily, children are just so excited about the season and these amazing party ideas we found are so doable and affordable. So put the 2 together, and you have a quick and easy celebration that’s packed with yuletide cheer but easy on the pocket!

Doable Decorations for a Kiddie Christmas Party

Play up symbols of the season that every child knows and loves! Craft these clever DIY decorations to set the party scene.

Budget-friendly Kids Christmas Decor // Party Guide featured by Bellenza

Welcome guests to your home with a DIY picture frame wreath (1) adorned with greenery and Christmas balls. Hang a festive paper tree garland (4) prettied up with sequins, buttons, ribbons and glitter. Then, on your mantel or on the party buffet, place paper cone Christmas trees (2) topped with large red bows!

At each little one’s place setting, have a Santa hat place card (5) that doubles as a party hat, too. Or have darling mini pine cone trees (3) hold their name cards, then go home as party favors afterwards! (See more ideas in our Pinterest board here.)

Sources: 1 – Buckets of Grace / 2 – Frog Prince Paperie / 3 – All Day Chic / 4 - Smart Bottom Enterprises / 5 - BHG 

Fun + Budget-friendly Christmas Party Activities

To help you plan cool Christmas games that are cost-saving, too, we found these ideas where you can re-purpose items you already have.

Budget-friendly Kids Christmas Games // Party Guide featured by Bellenza

Give well-loved games a holiday twist by decorating them with wintertime touches or yuletide trimmings. Think Snowman Slam (1) made with white party cups, Pin the Nose on the Reindeer (2) using a recycled cork board and paper cutouts, or Mystery Stocking (3) that’s a fun “guess what’s inside” sensory game!

If you’d like a hands-on party activity, what about Sponge Painted Reindeer (4) that the kids can proudly display at home? Or these delightful Christmas Star Ornaments (5) made from colorful beads and wire?

Sources: 1 – Growing a Jeweled Rose / 2 – Fiona Carter / 3 – Pioneer Settler / 4 – I Heart Crafty Things / 5 – Carolina Llinás

Easy Christmas Party Food for Kids

Fill the little guests’ tummies with something savory and healthy, before treating them to the sweets and treats (in the last section below)!

Budget-friendly Kids Christmas Foods // Party Guide featured by Bellenza

How adorable are these holiday food finds? Pita Tree Snacks (1) shaped like little Christmas trees, a Veggie Tray for the Holidays (3) decked out in yuletide cheer, a Snowman Cheese Ball (2) that you can make ahead, and Reindeer Sloppy Joe Sliders (4) that are almost too cute to eat!

Then, for a simple but sure-winner dessert, a Christmas Tree Brownie Cake (5). Yum!

Sources: 1 – Live Better America, via Clean and Scentsible / 2 - Betty Crocker / 3 – Modern Parents Messy Kids / 4 – Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons / 5 – Taste of Home

Take-home Treats as Christmas Party Favors

To give treats as party favors, here are some super-cute, creative packaging ideas you can use! Just click on the links below for each how-to!

Budget-friendly Kids Christmas Favors // Party Guide featured by Bellenza

DIY Christmas Tree Gift Bags (1) can hold any small candies, cookies or gift items in crafty holiday style. Marshmallow Snowmen (4) can be presented on skewers, all “bundled up” for winter!

Christmas Crackers (5) are a British holiday tradition you can borrow for packaging goodies to surprise the kiddies. While Hot Chocolate Spoons (2) are so easy to make in your favorite flavors.

Finally, packaging favors using printables are everywhere for the holidays! Just choose the cleverest you can find, like these bag toppers for Reindeer Noses (3) and other Christmas treats.

Sources: 1 – Val Event Gal / 2 - Alpha Mom / 3 - Crafting in the Country / 4 – I Should Be Mopping the Floor / 5- Instructables 

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Do you have other resourceful ideas for cutting costs for holiday parties? We can all use help with those, so do share in the comments below!

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