Jump to content
BBQ on a budget
6 replies to this topic
Posted 16 February 2013 - 04:58 AM
We were planning to have DS's bday at the local McDonalds but due to unforeseen temporary financial constraints, we've had to change plans.
DH suggested a casual BBQ at the park with just direct family and close friends = 10 adults, 5 kids.
Now, our budget currently stands at $50-$100. Hoping to squeeze it into the lower spectrum of the scale. Bday cake has already been taken care of and is not included in the budget.
Any ideas on how we can make this work?
Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:16 AM
I would have a few packets of chips and dips to begin with and then keep it simple with sausages, buns and salad. Maybe a few drinks (fizzy, juice depending on ages) and a few small lolly bags (again depending on ages of kids attending - if young maybe a few homemade biccies/muffins). We often hold BBQ's for special occassions and just tell people if they want fancy meat they need to bring it themselves (and our friends say the same when they are hosting)- no-one has ever had a problem with it. although to get fancy you could get a few prawns to BBQ and maybe some felafel (not sure of spelling) for any vegetarians. A park is a way better choice that McD's in my opinion - mainly due to the excessive noise factor in those party rooms. Have a fun day.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:25 AM
also to make it a bit more fun you could have some egg and spoon, sack, and three-legged races. Might sound a bit naff but this can actually be fun for all ages and adults and kids can easily compete against each other. Maybe have some little prizes to give out.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:53 AM
sausages, onion, bread, lettuce and tomato, sauces.
chips n salsa (you could make pico di gallo)
biscuits and cheese
Big tub of cordial for the kids
I think the idea of the 3 legged races and egg n spoon are fantastic!
Pass the parcel with newspaper, and have the special gifts in there lollies
Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:03 AM
My Ds13 still talks about 'the best party I had' when he was 8 - he was obsessed by bikes (still is) and wanted to do a bike ride with his friends.
As a compromise, we invited his friends to bring their bikes to local park that has lots of paths around and a great playground. We did a sausage sizzle - literally sausages in bread with sauce, could of bowls of chips and dips, birthday cake and drinks.
The kids had a blast they were all too busy thundering about in their bikes to eat much and all the parents commented on what a relaxed afternoon it was!
Probably spent a total of $40 for 12 kids and 6 adults. We did this not because of financial constraints but that is what he wanted and it was great.
Just put on the invites come along for a sausage sizzle and fun!
Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:12 AM
Where do you live OP?
We have a Campbell's Cash n ' Carry near us, or even if you have a Costco? You can get really good deals on soft drinks & crackers, chips etc. and stock up on cheap paper plates & cups & sauces while you're there.
Also, not sure how much time you have but shop around for the meat - a lot of small independent butchers will do deals on pre ordered meat, especially since you'll prob be buying 2 dozen or so.
Same with bread, local bake houses often have lovely fresh bread (& even rolls) and a fraction of the cost the large supermarkets sell it for.
Talking of McDonald's, not sure if they still do this but they used to hire/loan those massive drink dispenser tubs for sports clubs etc. that would be reflect for cordial.
Borrow family & friends folding tables & chairs if you don't have any.
Grab balloons & streamers from a $2 shop
I love the idea of a cheap & cheerful BBQ - I'm sure it will be a great day!
Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:28 AM
Thanks so much everyone for the ideas! Much appreciated :)And you've certainly given me lots of ideas. The park has a playground and grassed area for the kids to play on so should be good. I'm starting to think that I should have gone for the park idea in the first place!
We will definitely do a sausage sizzle, loved them when I was a kid and still do now
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
While managing labour pains on your own can be daunting, there are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital.
After six years of trying for a baby, a couple’s dreams have come true many times over after the mum gave birth to quintuplets this week.
A nine-month-old baby boy died on Monday after he was shot in the head by his five-year-old brother in their grandfather's home.
She is my daughter. I gave birth to her. I nurse her. But she doesn't have any of my genes.
Episiotomies have a place in maternity care – and can occasionally save lives – but should not be performed routinely.
The logic was that children who don’t have the language to fully express themselves will lash out when they’re misunderstood. Not anymore.
Everyone in foster care (and really in life) has something that makes them more vulnerable. We just know what our son's is.
Object of desire
Scientists appear to have discovered why women have evolved to have more curves than men – shapely thighs and bottoms lead to healthier babies.
A first-time mum will never get to hold her four newborns, dying shortly after giving birth to the quadruplets.
A New Zealander has tried to name their baby Senior Constable but didn't get away with it - and numbering children is also a no-no.
For most of us, the idea that a woman could carry a child to full-term without knowing she is pregnant is mind-boggling.
Worrying your baby will be delivered by the roadside is a common concern for many mothers-to-be. So how likely are you to be caught short?
Meghan Trainor's song 'Lips Are Moving' was already a hit, but now it's been turned into a hilarious parody that is set to be very popular with frustrated mums everywhere.
Out with the clutter
Forget the 5:2 diet - Twitter's 30-day declutter challenge will have your house back in shape in no time (well, a month).
We need to stop damning parents of today, and embrace their appetite for knowledge instead.
There are chubby Buddha babies and there are thin, smaller babies. Neither are right or wrong, they are all 'normal'.
When one child goes to ‘big school’ and leaves the other behind, it can cause deep upset. Here's how to make the transition easier.
They say dogs are man's best friend, but one cat has proven felines can be just as devoted to their human companions.
A mum of five, Liz Marquez wanted to breastfeed her premmie son for a year. So when she passed away suddenly, her friends - and strangers - stepped in to help.
To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.
Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.
Top 5 Articles
It's an important lesson to learn, but one that busy new mums and dads might overlook until it's too late.
Actress Zooey Deschanel is expecting her first child with her producer boyfriend Jacob Pechenik.
Of course, in some cases they may be the ones who actually got their child into a precarious position in the first place, but we'll ignore that for now.
Knowing you are not the father of your pregnant wife's baby would usually indicate a rocky relationship ahead for traditional parents.
Pip Donnelly is still playing spot the difference with her newborn identical triplets, Isabelle, Georgina and Frankie.
Jenny Alexis is lucky to be alive after spending four days buried in the rubble of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, but now she's a thriving five year old.
On the one hand I was having a regular life with friends and sports and sleepovers and school. But I was also always wondering: Did my mother love me? What was wrong with me?
Kitty, when you’re the parent of my child you’re welcome to wade in with an opinion – but until then, I’d prefer you to have a supportive ear and a glass of wine ready.
A US couple faces charges after investigators say they found mobile phone videos showing the woman's 12-month-old daughter putting a handgun in her mouth.
A 10-year time limit on storing frozen embryos that were created with donor sperm has been dropped by the NSW government.
Sharan Nicholson-Rogers watched her husband change from a happy-go-lucky police officer into an unpredictable man prone to violent and emotional outbursts.
Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes in line with their pregnant partners, a new study shows.
"They were just doing their job. I feel so sorry for them. It is all just too sad."
Women who miscarry will be able to obtain an optional "recognition of loss" certificate as a formal recognition of their often heartbreaking loss.
Teenage parties, domestic disputes, or raucous late night pubs are the things that usually come to mind when you think neighbourhood noise complaints.
Most parents would not consider a snake an appropriate playmate for their baby, but a US dad who filmed his daughter playing with a python has defended himself against criticism.
Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.
To celebrate the release of The Boxtrolls on 3D Blu-ray, DVD & Digital with UltraViolet, we're giving you the chance to win a Boxtroll stationary package and DVD.
Back to School Offer
We've got you covered for this school year. Use www.findababysitter.com.au to meet local nannies now.