My son's birthday party HELP!!!!

Jennifer - posted on 07/09/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I am currently saving money to buy a house without taking a loan from the bank. I am not working - just using what money I can spare from child support. I have always been a good saver. Before my son I just went without a lot of things other people consider important but after having my son I try not to deny him things other kids his age have. For example birthday parties. Now that I am saving every penny to buy a house without a loan I need money saving ideals on how to throw a fun memoriable birthday party for my son who is turning six. So far my ideal has been to host it at a park and have games and a bouncy but the bouncy is so ridiculous expensive. Should I just do the games - which are fun - but I worry about the time in between the games. Would the kids be bored. Any ideals for cheap entertainment or game ideals are welcome. Thank you!!!!

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Lisa - posted on 07/10/2009

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search online for party ideas, there are tons of sites. The beach is a wonderful idea, and the dollarstores are full of things you could use. Shovels and pails, little truck and buldozers, waterguns, swim goggles, beach balls, plastic fish, sharks etc. baloons, even kites. Im not sure how old your son is but you could have sandcaslte build-offs, bury someone in the sand, hunt for seashells, scavenger hunt, even make a tresaure map and burry treasure somewhere on the beach that they have to follow some steps on a map to find. There are also butterfly nets, bug containers, and magnifying glasses that could be used to find bugs, crabs who knows what. If you are planning on saving money by baking your own cake there are tons of easy decorating ideas at Kraft kitchens, I enen saw one that was at the beach and had little teddy graham bears playing in the "sand" that was made from crushed vanilla wafers in front of blue icing sea with a sailboat on it. Any of the dollar store treasures you choose could be made into "loot bags" and then they serve double purpose. My olny precaution of the beach is make sure their is a lifeguard on duty, to help keep and eye on little swimmers. Good luck, as you can tell I get enthusiastic about b-days lol.

Jennifer - posted on 07/10/2009

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Thanks so much for the comments. I am seriously considering the beach ideal because it will be hot. We live in Long Beach. So close we could bike. Regardless of where I have the party I am going to check out those water guns. I didn't know they sold them at the dollar store. While I am there I am going to check for other things. Thanks so much guys!!!!

Valerie - posted on 07/10/2009

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how about face painting. it is cheap and will go a long way. bob for apples, i have also bought dollar store waterguns and that last for a long time.good luck valerie

Marla - posted on 07/10/2009

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Well, since you live in California you could see about doing a beach party. That way it would not cost a whole lot. The boys can swim and skim board the girls could do sandcastle and such. You could even get them to have a sandcastle building contest and break them up in groups. For food, you could have cold fruits like watermelon, oranges, grapes, apples and such in a cooler. You could also take a small BBq pit and do hot doags and burgers for them. If anyone has a volley ball net that would be something else they could do. Not sure how far you are from the beach , but depending on what he and his friends are intowill depend on what to come up with for him. Also, instead of a cake yu could see about doing a pinata filled with candy. You can buy bulk candy at wal mart and places like that.

Jennifer - posted on 07/09/2009

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I live in California. I guess my son and his friends do whatever. I guess I need help with that as well. My son is very athletic but is down for whatever which I think all kids his age are. I am invited his whole class which is a little tricky because boys and girls begin to separate at around 4 or 5. Any suggestions on what I should do that is inexpensive.

Marla - posted on 07/09/2009

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What kind of things does your son and jis friends like to do and what part of the country do you live in?

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