I’m a savvy mum and I’m catering for 12 kids for my son’s birthday on the cheap – it’s cost me less than £30 | The Sun

EVERY parent wants their child’s birthday to be special. But in the current economic climate parents are feeling the squeeze more than ever. 

But budget birthdays may not be as challenging as you think. 

One mum has shared how she managed to get her son’s birthday party of 12 to cost less than £30. 

Daisy how goes by @muddlethroughmummy shared how she managed her budget birthday in a TikTok video. 

She said: “ Here's how I'm catering my son's birthday party for less than £30 with hopefully zero wastage."

The mum explained she was hosting a party for 12 but wanted to cut costs. 

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“We've got 12 guests coming and I've fallen victim too many times putting on these huge buffets which cost a lot more, take lots of time to prepare and we always end up with so much leftover afterwards so I decided this time to do things a little differently.”

Daisy bought cardboard lunch boxes online and filled them with supermarket snacks. 

“I got these colourful cardboard box on Amazon and I've approached the contents like I've seen kids lunches be done at day out venues with five items."

“I've gone for what I consider to be crowd pleasers. Pom bear crisps strawberry yoghurts mini cookie bags, a roll and a Satsuma.”

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The mum-of-two broke down her costs for her followers online which came to £29.94.

  • £7.49 lunchboxes (15pcs)
  • £2.75 crisps (12 pack)
  • £2.40 yoghurts (12)
  • £2.30 cookies (12)
  • £1.10 bread rolls (12)
  • £2 fruit
  • £2.50 Flora
  • £2 jam
  • £2.15 ham
  • £3 cheese
  • £2.25 sandwich bags (30 in box)

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Daisy didn’t forget her son’s cake and a drink to wash it all down. 

“Of course there will also be cake party bags and I'm serving squash in cups to save on individual cartons.”

Daisy even took the time to make sure each child had a sandwich they liked. 

“On the RSVP's I asked parents if their child would prefer cheese, ham or jam in their sandwich and I've written the names on each box so we know whose is who's.”


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“I'm definitely gonna be doing this again in the future and remember your children's parties are not about meeting everyone else's expectations.”

She said: “Personally, I felt for the type of party we’re hosting, this was a lot easier than doing a full buffet, which costs more, takes longer to prepare and has lots of wastage too.”

Daisy’s video went viral with over 1 million views and people were very impressed with her budgeting. 

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One said: “I'm 18 but if I got served this at a birthday party I would be so excited I can't lie.”

Another said: “Thanks for this. Been feeling guilty because my daughter turns four and I don’t want a big party for her!”

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