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Looking for cheap birthday party drink ideas for kids? Planning a birthday party and want to save on the drinks you need to provide? Don’t miss these great ideas on ways you can save and provide cheap birthday party drink ideas for your guests that all the kids will love!
Are you looking for some cheap birthday party drink ideas for your child’s next birthday party? I know just how easy it can be to overspend on the food and drinks for a kid’s birthday party, so let me help you save some money instead!
I know just how important the food and drinks can be to pull off a fun birthday party, but I also know it’s super easy to overspend on them as well. Great news though, there are some easy things you can do to make sure you don’t spend too much money on the drinks at your party, and still ensure you pull off your theme really well!
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Cheap Birthday Party Drinks
Is it even possible to provide cheap birthday party drinks that are still fun? Yes! Yes, it is! You don’t have to spend a lot of money on the food and drinks in order to have a good time. My motto, “You don’t need a lot to make it awesome!”
I know there is a big temptation to provide all sorts of fun drinks and treats, and make cute little food signs, and add tags, labels, and ribbons to all your drinks to make them even more festive. You don’t need to, especially if you want to save money on your party!
Keep It Simple
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The best way to provide cheap birthday party drinks for your next birthday party is to keep it simple. Keep reading to find my top tips and best cheap birthday party drink ideas, so you can pull off an awesome party on a budget, plus I’ll provide my favorite frugal party drink recipe!
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Cheap Birthday Party Drink Ideas & Tips
1. Pick Only One Drink
One way to keep costs to a minimum is to provide only one drink choice for your party. You don’t have to have a whole bunch of choices, just one is good. I like to get input from the birthday child when choosing the drink choice.
2. Use a Drink Dispenser
Another great way to save money on the party drinks is to invest in a giant drink dispenser and use it for all your parties. This is the drink dispenser that I like and have had good luck with. Rather than spending money on individual drinks that don’t ever get drunk all the way, use a dispenser instead.
3. Buy Bulk Cups
Are you wondering how you will save money if you have to provide cups too? Wouldn’t it just be easier and cheaper to provide individual drinks?
The answer is that in the long run, it’s cheaper to use a drink dispenser. Then you can also buy cups in bulk, that you can use for many upcoming parties. Wondering what color to buy?
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Go with clear, or another color you think you might use a lot – if you have girls, you might use pink cups a lot. If you have boys, you might use blue cups a lot. In our household I go with red – we seem to use red a lot in our parties, so red cups are always in my party storage bin.
4. Make A Cheap Drink
This may seem like a no-brainer, but when you are making a drink in bulk, make sure you pick a cheap drink! Think along the lines of lemonade, or Koolaid, or my favorite – flavored water! Keep reading for my favorite flavored water recipe.
5. Use Small Cups
Another way to save money on drinks is to use smaller sized cups! That way, you don’t have to give out so much of the drink you made! Kids don’t drink that much at one time, so just hand out a smaller amount of your drink – they can always refill their cups if they need to!
Favorite Cheap Drink Recipe
Wondering what my go-to, cheap birthday party drink recipe is? If you guessed Koolaid or powdered lemonade, you are very close! In order to save the maximum amount on a party, I do think it’s a great idea to use a giant drink dispenser and make flavored water instead! But, Koolaid and lemonade are also a frugal choice too!
I like flavored water for many reasons, the main one being that I have a lot of carpet in my house, and I don’t want spilled Koolaid stains.. Also, I think flavored water looks neat in the big dispenser and over the years, it’s been a fan favorite of a lot of the kid guests that attend our parties.
Fruit flavored water is perfect to serve at any kid’s birthday party, and if they spill, it won’t leave a stain, which is my favorite part!
Flavored Water Recipe
- 4 Sliced Strawberries or choose from the below list *
- 1-2 Gallons of Water
- Large Drink Dispenser
*4 sliced strawberries, 1 sliced orange, 1 sliced lime, 1 sliced lemon, ½ of a sliced cucumber, 2 sliced kiwi’s, thinly sliced pineapple, or other sliced fruit (bananas and apples don’t work very well, they both turn brown).
- Add water to your drink dispenser.
- Add sliced fruit to the water 30 minutes before the party so the flavors can soak into the water. Don’t add the fruit any earlier, or the fruit can get a little gross by the time your party starts and no longer look appetizing.
You can add any combination of fruit to the water, or just pick one. Our favorite is just strawberries! But, over the years we have tried many different combinations – like strawberry and lime, lemon and lime, orange and pineapple, etc.
Have fun with the flavors, but also remember, you are serving a bunch of kids, so simple flavors are usually best! You can also match the fruit to the party color scheme or theme – if you are having a beach party, using orange, lemons and limes are a perfect choice to match the party because the slices resemble a beach ball!
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Cheap Party Ideas
There you have it! My favorite cheap birthday party drink ideas for kids, plus my favorite cheap birthday party drink recipe! The best part about using a big drink dispenser and making flavored water is that you can make a lot, it won’t stain, and it’s very refreshing!
Give this recipe a try and let me know what you thought of it by commenting below! Do you have any other fun fruit flavor combinations?
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