Ideas for kids birthday? Cheap and fun!

Daisy - posted on 10/26/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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How's everyone coping with this terrible recession? Kids birthdays...any fun, cheap ideas? Daughter and son, both birthdays within same month and within a weeks time.

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Shauna - posted on 12/18/2009

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I have to tell you, some of the best parties I've thrown were the years when I was trying to keep them "cheap"! One year I threw a "beach" party at home with a blow up pool, a slip and slide, a homemade fishing game (make fish out of sponges, use sticks with strings and paperclips on both the string and fish) and a cake with blue "water" icing and teddy gram bears "swimming". Of course, his birthday was in August, but you could do an indoor version too. My daughter once did a makeover party. The girls who were invited dressed up, their goody bags included purses, boas, girly make up trinkets (all from the $1 store) and they decorated foam crowns. This last year the oldest boy did a pizza party sleep over (he's 12 and very "grown up" now...lol). I've gotten plain craft bags and foam stickers and they decorated their own goody bags. We've cut out shapes from sugar cookies and decorated with colored icing and sprinkles. ( I love birthday parties, can you tell? lol) We've made homemade games like a board with different size circles taped on and they threw pennies to try and win a prize. (Again, $1 store!) You can do any theme (luau, pirate, princess) and find most stuff at the dollar store or craft stores. I hope this helps, if not for this year, maybe these are good ideas for your kids birthdays next year!

Amy - posted on 12/15/2009

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For my daughter's 13th birthday we did a Project Runway theme...she invited 4 girls to a sleepover. When they all arrived they were given an envelope with $15 in each. We went to Goodwill and their task was to create an entire look for an outing with their best friend - they had to come up with what their favorite thing to do with thier best buddy was, then purchase the outfit to do it. The girls loved the idea and when we came home they helped each other get all dressed up, did a little runway walk through the living room. My other daughters and I were judges and we came up with awards for each girl based on their outfits (like most creative, fashionista, etc). We had spaghetti and meatballs for dinner and cake and ice cream. My daughter didn't want a lot of decorations or anything, so it was a very reasonable party. The key was to keep the guest list to her closest friends.

Megan - posted on 10/11/2013

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This is a great, easy and fun game for home party... "Indoor Snowball Battle" Divide group into two teams. Use masking tape to divide the room - Use two lines of masking tape separated by about 3-4 feet (so the kids cant smack someone on the other team when throwing) Team one behind the first line, team two behind second line...space in the middle is neutral. Give each team lots of newspaper, or tissue paper. Give each team three minutes to make the paper into "snowballs". Then countdown to start the snowball battle. Kids just whip the paper balls at the other side. When time is up everyone has to freeze. Then count the paper balls on each side the team with the fewest balls on their side wins. Have them throw balls into garbage can when counting.
And if you can be outside, this was a HUGE hit at our last picnic -Kan Jam http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001RJ4...
Another inexpensive game kids love is the mummy game. Divide into teams of 3 or 4. One person is chosen to be the mummy. Give the teams two or three rolls of toilet paper and let them have fun wrapping their mummy. Plus supply hats, ties, wigs, jewelry any accessory you can think of to add to the mummy. Let them name their mummy.
One more idea...this is the hot game for preteens and teens http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0086V5... We have it for the Wii but its out for all systems, I'm pretty sure.
Good Luck and have fun!

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Kelsey - posted on 08/10/2011

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Hi Daisy~
My daughter just celebrated her 2nd bday. It was a trip camping and she loved it! Being out in nature, with no electronics....only good old fashioned family time..
I thought that a little party celebration would be fun too. But then again, it does cost money to buy a cake, decorations and any appetizers for the guests. I am SOO bbroke right now, and figured, my little 2 year old will never know the difference. As long as she gets quality time with her mom and dad, and at least gets a present and can blow out candles! I made a banana dessert for her over the campfire. I scooped out some of the banana, filled it with mini marshmallows, and mini choc. chips! She blew out the candles and was SOOOO happy! Nothing big here, just simple and it was a great relaxing time with my baby girl.

Tally - posted on 12/22/2009

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My kids really enjoy scavenger hunts in which they have to do certain activities all over town. You need a couple of adults to do the driving... or you can to it at the mall. Each group gets a list of assignments and a camera to prove they did it.
I also make home made pizza, which is a fraction of the cost of ordering out.
In addition to being thrifty, I supplement our income by participating in a revenue sharing program offered by a manufacturer of eco friendly products. Since I no longer have to spend money on my household and personal care items, I put that money aside for birthdays, birthday gifts, etc.

Melissa - posted on 12/15/2009

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We have 4 Oct. bdays, 2 girls and 2 boys. litterally one every wk. So this yr we combined the birthday parties 2 and 2. I buy the party decorations at the dollar barn and keep them stored away for the next yr. Make my own bday cakes, this yr we did bday cupcakes so they all felt as though they had their own lil mini cakes...plus they are fun! The older kids well her bday is today, shes more interested in doing big girl things. So we let her pick her own movie and a friend to take. then xmas around the corner, then my 2nd oldest childs bday is Jan 19...so you can imagine how tight it gets...

Stacy - posted on 12/14/2009

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I have three children, whose birthdays are just 2 weeks apart. I had their birthday parties on the same day this year, and they really liked it. Oldest turned 11, then an 8, and a 4.. We had one big cake, and they each had their own personal cakes.
We got them one big gift, and 2 not so big. With all the family and friends that were there for them, the gifts wasn't a big deal. just get them at least one thing they really want, thats all they really play with anyways, the rest just sit and collect dust.

Michelle - posted on 12/11/2009

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I don't know the ages of your children but, my youngest turned 13 in October. We used an old BBQ grill for a "bon fire" and let her invite her classmates (50 invites and about 30 showed)...we let them roast hot dogs and marshmallows..and found a cupcake recipe to make together...couple $1 bottles of soda, dollar store for cups, etc. In all we spent under $40. Oh! For party music my daughter passed out 5 blanks cd's to select friends..instant party music. She had such a great time she is wanting the same for next year.

Kelly - posted on 10/28/2009

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This year we have decided to have Birthday parties at home , usually it's at a Skating rink Some kind of blow up /jumping place etc but it's just so costly so this year I am having my kids choose a theme and then I am ordering everything from goodie bags, table decorations, prizes etc from Oriental trading . This way everything matches our theme and it's very reasonable. I can see in just one stop where I am spending my money. It saves me time, gas and money. Hope that helps.

Krista - posted on 10/28/2009

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I'm having the same problem I usually take her to McDonald's they have the cake and loot bags so its really cheap. This year I'm thinking of movies just with two friends of her choice. My biggest problem is that Christmas is 7 days after her birthday and just not enough money :)

Daisy - posted on 10/27/2009

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Wow the pizza /cake movies and games idea sounds really good. I have such a wonderful daughter that she just wants to go out to eat for dinner...and wants us to focus more on her brother's birthday. I appreciate the replies.

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what about having one big party to celebrate both birthdays..if that is not possible..the birthdays my kids like the most are sleepovers..we would have cake, pizza, and different snacks..for my kids i set up one room with video games, movies, games, music..depending on the kids age you could have a mistory theme and let them be detectives..or a scavenger hunt is always a fun idea for kids birthdays..good luck

Sonja - posted on 10/26/2009

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I have one son. We've found that bowling is a fairly inexpensive idea for a kids birthday party and he loves it - so it works well. He also really enjoys having a few friends spend the night so we try to make that fun... set up a tent in the house (his bday is in November), rent movies, make popcorn, order pizza....

Do your kids have a favorite tv show? Costume parties can be fun... I know Fear Factor parties were popular here a few years ago...

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what about having one big party to celebrate both birthdays..if that is not possible..the birthdays my kids like the most are sleepovers..we would have cake, pizza, and different snacks..for my kids i set up one room with video games, movies, games, music..depending on the kids age you could have a mistory theme and let them be detectives..or a scavenger hunt is always a fun idea for kids birthdays..good luck

Sonja - posted on 10/26/2009

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I have one son. We've found that bowling is a fairly inexpensive idea for a kids birthday party and he loves it - so it works well. He also really enjoys having a few friends spend the night so we try to make that fun... set up a tent in the house (his bday is in November), rent movies, make popcorn, order pizza....

Do your kids have a favorite tv show? Costume parties can be fun... I know Fear Factor parties were popular here a few years ago...

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