Lego are a hot kids party theme and they're gender-less. Also what good are pictures if you can't put them on display. Picture: Pexels

Kids parties can be costly. And if you've only once bought or hired everything you ever thought you would need to make your little's birthday special, you'll agree that you will probably never do it again. 

Where do you store giant polystyrene centerpieces and did the kids actually notice the matching plates, cups and serviettes?

Rather invest in a delicious cake, entertainment and keepsakes for the party packs and instead DIY the decor.

This way you also will be doing your part in the war against waste and the other moms will thank you for not loading their kids with sugar before home time.

The key is to use your imagination to make the most with what you have.
Here are a few ideas for inspiration:

Mom's will thank you for "serving" popcorn at your kids party as demonstrated by Mia'z Party Zone. It's the lesser evil on a day bound to be loaded with sugar. 

 Do look at purchasing or baking your own simple cake and decorating it in a quirky and affordable way. This ready to "pop" cake decorated with popcorn from Deezign Concepts is so clever.

 Yip these are baby food jars. Do up cycle glass jars for party favours. You can print your own labeling to match your theme as demonstrated by Deezign Concepts. You can also recycle glass coffee jars and the like, to use for in place of fancy cookie jars or vases. 

 Decorating with balloons, see, is one of the most affordable and creative ways to make a decor impact. Ice cream cone balloons are on trend; however, there are a multitude of things you can make with balloons such as octopus and air balloons.

 Use what you have to get your tables looking colourful. Toys make for great centerpieces such as this DIY dinosaur terrarium.