Throw a kids party without breaking the bank

Throwing a kids’ party needn’t be as expensive as you think. If you use Tesco Everyday Value food and ingredients you can cater for up to 12 kids for as little as £1.10 each! We’ve also given you the option of buying or making the birthday cake so you can be as creative as you like.

Basics


Tesco Value Forks 25pk, £0.45

Tesco Value Spoons 25pk, £0.45

Tesco Value Knives 25pk, £0.45

Tesco Value 50pk paper plates, £1

Tesco Value Plastic Cups 25pk, £0.59

Tesco Value Napkins 33Cm 100pk, £0.48 Tesco Red Tablecover, £1.97 (also a choice of white or cream)

Total cost: £5.39

Food

Snacks
Everyday Value 12 Mini Savoury Eggs 240g, £0.83

Everyday Value 8 Pack Sausage Rolls 432G, £1.12 x 2 = £2.24

Everyday Value Variety Crisps 12pk, £0.68 Everyday Value 4 Cheese and Tomato Pizza 600g, £1.95
Total: £5.70

Dips
Everyday Value 6 White Pitta Bread, £0.20 x 2 = £0.40 Everyday Value carrots, cut into batons, £0.92 Everyday Value Peppers 500g, cut into batons, £1.18 Everyday Value Multipack Dips, £0.98 Tesco Houmous, 211g, £1
Total: £4.48

Desserts
Everyday Value Chocolate Flavour Mini Rolls 6pk, £0.40 x 2 = £0.80
Total: £0.80

Drinks

Individual cartons:
Everyday Value Apple Juice 3 x 200ml, £0.45 x 2 = £0.90 Everyday Value Orange Juice 3 x 200ml, £0.45 x 2 = £0.90
Total: £1.80

OR
Everyday Value Double Strength Orange Squash 750ml, £0.29 Everyday Value Double Strength Lemon Squash 750ml, £0.29
Total: £0.58

And the most important thing for a party – cake!
Tesco Party Happy Birthday Candles, £1.07
Buy a cake: Tesco Everyday Value Raspberry Flavoured Sponge Cake, £0.58.

Total cost of food with cartons of drink plus bought cake and candles: £14.43 Total cost of food with squash plus bought cake and candles: £13.21

Or make your own Victoria sponge or cupcakes – recipes below.

Victoria sponge cake

Ingredients
125g (4oz) Everyday Value Self-Raising Flour, £0.50 for 1.5kg
125g (4oz) Everyday Value butter, £1.19 for 250g
125g (4oz) caster sugar, £0.69 for 500g
2 medium Everyday Value eggs – box of 6, £0.85
2tbsp Tesco Whole Milk, £0.49 for 1 pint

For the filling:
4-6 tbsp Everyday Value Strawberry Jam, 454g, £0.35
142ml Tesco Fresh Double Cream 300ml, £0.95 (lightly whipped)
For the icing:
225g icing sugar, £1.26 for 1kg 2-3tbsp warm water
Total: £6.28

You will also need:
2 x 18cm (7in) sandwich tins, buttered, with the base lined and floured

Optional
Silver Spoon Cakecraft Writing Icing 95g, £2.34
Tesco Party Happy Birthday Candles, £1.07

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4).
  • Beat all the ingredients together until smooth.
  • Spoon the mixture evenly into the 2 sandwich tins and level the surface with a clean knife.
  • Place the cakes in the centre of the oven to bake for 20 to 25 minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when they spring back when pressed lightly in the centre.
  • Leave the cakes on a surface until cool.
  • Spread the jam on the base of one cake and the whipped cream over the base of the other one. Sandwich together.
  • Mix together the icing sugar with the warm water until the icing is fairly stiff. Smooth over the top of the cake and decorate!

Cupcakes


Makes: 12
Ingredients:

100g Everyday Value Self-Raising Flour, £0.50 for 1.5kg

1tsp Tesco Baking Powder, £0.99 for 170g

100g Everyday Value butter, £1.19 for 250g

100g caster sugar, £0.69 for 500g

2 Everyday Value eggs, lightly beaten – Box of 6, £0.85

225g icing sugar, £1.26 for 1kg

2-3tbsp warm water

Total: £5.48
Sprinkles and sweets to decorate

Method:

  • 
Pre-heat oven to 180° (355F, gas mark 4). 

  • Put paper cases in a 12-cup bun tin.
Sift together the self-raising flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl.

  • Mix in the butter, sugar and eggs.
  • 
Beat with an electric whisk until well mixed.
  • Add a little milk if the mixture is too stiff.

  • Spoon the mixture into the cake cases, filling each one half full
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  • Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until risen and just firm. Allow to cool completely.
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Mix together the icing sugar with the warm water until the icing is fairly stiff.
  • When the cakes are cool, spoon over the top of each cake and decorate with sweets!

Where to next?
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