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By Lia Spencer IT’S the modern day birthday party conundrum. Parents across the state are overwhelmed with decisions when it comes to planning their child’s birthday party. Picking a theme. Deciding on a budget. Making a guest list. And then there’s the etiquette issue. Do you ensure the invites are handed out discreetly? Do you invite the parents to stay for a cuppa? Who picks up the child and drops them off? How do you cater for dietary needs? Some parents are forking out hundreds of dollars to throw a party for their children from the age of one. And it’s easy to do. Venue hire, fancy invites, special cakes, nibblies, drinks, entertainment and decorations can rack up quite a bill. So how can you throw your child a great day to remember without racking up a credit card debt? We have ideas to suit every budget. Parents, take note.

Some undercover park areas and the use of barbecues come with a fee, so make sure you check and book with your local council before sending out the invites. If you have money to burn there are several other options such as play centres, sporting venues, halls and other entertainment facilities. Many venues have party packages meaning they will take your cash, and then do all the work including invites, decorations, entertainment and food.

THEME: Who needs a theme, really? But when kids are young they let their imaginations run wild. Little boys dream of being pirates and little girls believe they are fairies. So why not run with it while you can? Take their interests and turn it into a bit of fun everyone can join in on. Here are a few themes you may want to entertain: ■ Pirates ■ Fairies ■ Favourite cartoon characters

VENUE:

■ Superheroes

Staying at home will no doubt save the most money. But parks are also a great idea. Try to choose a park which has coverage in case it’s cold or it rains.

■ Holiday specific (Green for St Patricks, Pink for Valentines, Fancy dress for Halloween or Mr and Mrs Clause at Christmas)

■ Favourite colours

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