How to Host a Frugal Kids Dinner Party

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Of my four children my daughters have always been the most friendship driven.

Friends were everything to my oldest daughter Tiara and now Anniyah is in the same phase.

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Anniyah wants to hang out with her friends EV- RE – DAY.

Just recently she came home with a new plan for how she was going to get together with some friends.

She insisted that we have some friends over for dinner so I decided to put together a frugal kid friendly dinner party.

The guest list would include Niyah, my boys and some of their friends.

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It was really easy to pull together and it was actually not as time-consuming or expensive as I imagined it would be.

The first thing I put together a menu and shopping list.

I wanted the menu to be easy on me and also kid friendly so I decided to make fried chicken. I was already frying something earlier in the week and just cooked up some extra pieces. On the day of the party, I just heated them in the oven.

I could’ve easily went with precooked chicken from the Publix deli but it was cheaper to cook it myself.

Kids Dinner Party – 6 guests

Shopping List:

  • Fried Chicken $6

  • Baked Beans $3

  • French Fries $3

  • Juice $1

  • Cupcakes $4

Total = $17 + taxes

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MENU:

  • Fried Chicken Drumsticks

  • Baked Beans

  • French Fries

  • Grape Juice

  • Cupcakes

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Cooking the chicken in advance was a big time saver. The only thing left to do on the day of the party was make the juice, heat the french fries, chicken, and baked beans.

It was so fun to watch the little people sitting at the table eating and talking and having fun.

At first the kids didn’t want me to take their pictures (you know how kids act like stuff grown ups want to do is lame)…

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…but when I told them they had to give a smile to indicate they wanted a pink cupcake or a thumbs up for yellow cupcake plenty of smiles and thumbs-up started erupting from everyone at the table.

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The kids had a great time and right after the party Niyah asked can they have a sleep over. 😐

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