1. Host a picnic at the beach
If you're close to the beach, grab a couple of picnic blankets, buckets and spades, and head down to the beach for your next toddler birthday party. The sand and shallow surf provide hours of entertainment for little ones, and best of all, it's free! Throw in some cupcakes, drinks and a few extra hands on deck to supervise and you're ready to go.
2. Hire out a movie cinema
Need someone for parents and toddlers to gather, but don't want to host a party at home? Why not hire out a local movie cinema and arrange a private screening of your favourite toddler film (old or new). Local cinemas offer competitive rates for party hire and often include free popcorn and water for kids and parents. What's more, you won't need to clean up the mess at the end of the party!
3. Have a bubble party
Let's face it. Toddlers love bubbles! So why not grab several bubble making machines, a comfortable outdoor space (your backyard, or a local park) and host a bubble party. Make sure you let your guests know to wear their swimmings (adults too!) and bring a spare change of clothes when the bubbles have ended. Couple with a home-made birthday cake and you're on your way to a budget friendly toddler birthday party!
4. Hire a mini farm or reptile zoo
If you have the means, then why not hire a mini farm or reptile zoo at your next toddler birthday party? Toddlers love learning about animals and reptiles, and a mini zoo or farm would keep them entertained for hours! Think lizard patting or baby goat feeding. Best of all, you won't need to be in charge of activities as the work will be done for you.
5. Have some slime-making fun
From babies to teens (and even adults), there's something always fun about slime. So why not host a slime-making party for your toddlers? There are some very simple recipes online and what's more, it won't cost you the world. Bonus: If you make edible slime toddlers can take them home instead of lolly bags.
6. DIY cupcake making
Another very fun and economical toddler party idea is DIY cupcake making. Simple bake several batches of different flavoured cupcakes, lay out different icing and decorating options and let toddlers run wild with their imaginations! The best part is you wont need much 'extra' food as guaranteed the toddlers will eat their creations before going home.
7. Craft your party away
Crafting has always been a hit with kids, so why not host a crafting party for your toddler? Simply buy coloured party, non toxic glue, child-proof scissors tape, and anything you might have lying around the house (cereal boxes, toilet paper rolls, faux feathers) and host your toddler and their friends for a crafting party. Bonus: If you have a garden why not let them collect leaves, sticks and other items outside first, and host a garden-themed craft party?