Planning children's parties can be very hard, especially if you don't have a ton of money like myself. They do not have to be all hard, especially if you think smart and find different ways to entertain the kids.
Set up a room filled with toys and don't bother about cleaning it until after the party. Get out all your child's toys and let the kids use that room only to play with the toys. Keep the living room area for the parents only.
Set up a craft table outside with paints, paper, crayons and textas for the kids to be crafty. Get the kids to only use the craft materials on the table.
Have a movie going on in the background on a TV for the kids to sit and watch every time they pass through, or for them to sit down and watch.
Get a whole bunch of outdoor toys like balls, cricket bats and water toys and but them in a big bucket for the kids to play with only outside.
Kids aren't usually huge eaters, so you don't really need to prepare a huge three course lunch topped with chips, chocolates and biscuits on every table in the house.
A bowl of fruit salad is always a huge favorite at my kids birthday parties. Add little bowls next to it and kids will usually want to pour the fruit into their own bowl and eat from that.
Barbecue shapes are a big crowd pleaser, much healthier than chips and are usually cheaper than bags of chips.
Mini marshmallows are something different and they are small enough that children cannot choke on them.
Bake your own mini muffins. The ingredients aren't that expensive and it is more cheaper than having to buy enough for everyone. Banana or chocolate chip muffins are a huge crowd pleaser at our parties.
Don't plan too many games as kids usually get bored of them after a while, they want to play with the other kids but not constantly playing party games.
Pass the Parcel is a fun game and you only need to buy a certain number of little presents and wrapping paper. Get small presents like chocolate coins or little games from a discount store.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey is fun and you can make your own from paper. If your child has a favourite TV show character you can even draw that. Give each child a tail and blindfold them and get them to pin it onto the donkey without seeing. Whoever is closest gets a prize.
Egg and spoon races across the backyard. Hard boil the eggs first then give each child a spoon. Get them to walk to and from somewhere then run, then hop or skip.
All party games are suitable for children ages five and up.
Parties are fun for children no matter how much money you spend. It's more about the effort you put into it to make it a special day.