Anyone who's ever been to a birthday party knows that they can be quite costly affairs. Cake, presents, goodie bags, decorations, and venue rentals all add up quickly! And that's not even taking into account the cost of your time and effort in organising the whole event.
So, how much should you set aside for a birthday party in Singapore? Here's a breakdown of some common costs to help you plan the perfect party on a reasonable budget.
One of the biggest expenses when planning a birthday party is renting a venue. If you have a large enough home, you may be able to host the party there—but if not, there are plenty of other options.
Popular venues for birthday parties in Singapore include restaurants, cafes, bars, clubhouses in condominiums, and even public parks. For a party of ten or fewer people, you can expect to pay around $50 per hour for a small party room rental. For larger parties of 20-30 people, the cost increases to S$250 per hour for a big party room rental.
Expected damage for a birthday party with 15 guests: S$200 and above for four hours in an air-conditioned party room in Singapore
Of course, no birthday party is complete without food and drinks!
Hosting a simple sit-down party lunch or dinner? If everyone orders an entree and a drink from the menu, you can expect to spend around S$30-S$50 per person.
If you're providing your own party food and drinks, you can cut costs by shopping at local supermarkets or online retailers. Don’t forget to cater for birthday favours! One idea is to distribute prepacked snacks like packaged cotton candy and packaged popcorn to your guests as a take-home gift. A rough estimate for food and drink costs that includes party snack favours is S$15-S$20 per person.
Want to go all out? Live food stations are also available for hire. Prices start from roughly S$180 onwards for an hour.
Expected damage for a birthday party with 15 guests: S$450 for a sit-down lunch/dinner and S$225 for a party celebration
Birthday parties shouldn't just be about eating—they should also be fun! That's why it's important to factor the cost of entertainment into your party budget.
Popular forms of entertainment for birthday parties include hiring entertainers like clowns and magicians (around S$200 onwards), renting inflatable bouncy castles (around S$150 onwards), and fun carnival games like bowling booths and milk can toss booths (around S$100 onwards).
Of course, there are plenty of other options like ball pits available, so choose whatever will make your child's birthday party special and memorable!
Expected damage for a birthday party with 15 guests: S$250 for two types of games
When it comes to birthday party decorations, the sky is the limit. Balloons, streamers, and banners are all classic decors that can help to transform any space into a festive celebration. For a more personal touch, consider using photos or other mementoes to decorate the space. Or, if you want to really make a statement, go all out with birthday party props like air puppets and air dancers.
Expected damage for a birthday party with 15 guests: S$150 for simple decorations and $500 for elaborate decorations
So, summing up the total amount, it’d cost roughly S$825 to throw a simple party for 15 guests in Singapore.
If you're looking to have a birthday party on a budget in Singapore, follow the six tips below. Your guests will never know the difference.
1. Set a realistic budget: How much can you realistically afford to spend on the birthday party? Once you have a number in mind, stick to it!
2. Choose an affordable venue: Venue rental costs can eat up a large chunk of your budget, so try to find an affordable option. Think about holding the party at your home, at a park, or even at a community centre.
3. Make your own decorations: With a little creativity and some DIY skills, you can easily make your own decorations instead of buying them from a store. Pinterest is a great resource for DIY decoration ideas.
4. Order a simple cake: Forgo the custom fondant cake and opt for something more simple and affordable instead. A delicious cake doesn't have to be expensive!
5. Skip the goodie bags: Goodie bags are nice, but they're definitely not essential. If you're on a tight budget, skip them altogether or fill them with inexpensive items like stickers or pencils.
6. Opt for party packages: Sometimes, one may forget that time is money too. Party packages save you the hassle and effort of organising a celebration, especially if you’re busy with work. The Carnival Fair offers a diverse selection of party packages. Take your pick from princess to carnival themes, starting from $599 and above.
Planning a birthday party on a budget doesn't have to be difficult—just remember to factor in the cost of renting a venue, food and drinks, entertainment, and decorations. With those four taken care of, your child's birthday party is sure to be a success!