What will be the fun stuffs for the kids to do on 7th Birtday party at home with limit budget???

Ann - posted on 04/15/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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We will celebrate our daughter 7th Birthday by the end of May. Don't know what is the best option to make it fun for her and the kids. She will have both boys & girls at the party , maybe 7 boys & 7 girls, and we have very limit budget. Please give some advices.. thanks!!

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Gina - posted on 04/19/2010

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LOL that is perfect and so funny !! I am getting some ideas from here for my grandchildren. Thanks from me ladies . Enjoy your day All.
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Jennifer - posted on 04/19/2010

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Slip and slide, which you can make yourself and water balloons, the kids love it! And it keeps them busy so that you actually have to call them over for the cake and presents : ) Good luck and have fun!

Carla - posted on 04/18/2010

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Hello, as a single parent, back in college too, I can really understand a tight budget! It depends on weather, can you have it outside? Like at a local pool or park, that takes away a lot of work for you because the kids will play play play...My daughter, age 8, is a very physical girl and loves swimming or being on the playground. An inside party can be a game party, and everyone who is invited can bring something to contribute. Pick a theme that works with both girls and boys and let the Moms know when you send invititations. If you know a friend of your child's whose birthday is close to your child's you can always suggest a single party for two. I did that one year, and it worked great. I hope you remember to have fun, and enjoy your time with your child! Good luck form a Mom in Texas!

Barbara - posted on 04/18/2010

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hi i know how it is to have a small budget and not able to give the best of parties.
yesterday i gave my son his party an he is 10 an the party was our gift to him,for his fun we used his toys and water ballons that a family member got for him and they all had a blast and i had boys and girls its doesnt matter if you have little or no money the friend our kids have can make more fun than what we can buy them believe me they will have a blast

Gina - posted on 04/18/2010

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Hi mary me too . I think i had more fun sometimes than the kids did. 8) I remember on eb-day for my daughter she was turning 12 an di felt like going for a walk because it was so beautiful out. Her b-day is in September . I made it so they had to find certian amout of signs, buildings , cars etc. lol It wasn't till i had gotten half way to my destination when on eof her friends says " Hey Gina this wasn't part of the party you wanted to do this " LOL Smart child but i told her not to let the other 11 know. LOL Cost of snacks $8.00 , Cost of hike $4.00 , Cost of memory and exspeirence priceless . lol

Cyndi-Ann - posted on 04/18/2010

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Have you seen the new game show minute to win it? Omg I watched it twice and what a ton of ideas for inexpensive fun games for kids to play, some would have to be adapted for kids, but really there are tons of fun games for them to play small prizes for the child who gets the furthest in each competition are inexpensive at the dollar store.

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I like to do birthday parties on a limited budget anyhow because what you do at home is more special than just buying something. I have found they remember all the effort more anyhow. I always make my own cake(s) too. I have had a treasure hunt party, cooking/baking party, dance party with xmas lights in the basement with games, campfire cooking, a hiking party with a picnic (get other moms to come too). Hope this helps.

Gina - posted on 04/17/2010

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not bad . but wouldn't it be cheaper to just put together loot bags . Annif you want to use this idea it would cost at least 20 for one . On less you buy a couple of papper bags double up, and you and your daughter can decorate it as a owl ,dog , cat etc. You will have fun and [possibily save money too. Nice idea marie

Gina - posted on 04/17/2010

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you are most welcome Ann. My birthday i smay 15 but i will be 51. Tell you rlittle one i hope she has an amazing b-day. 8-) I will think of more . For my daughter 8 birthday i worked at th ecommunity cetnre , i got a free day for the hall my daughter had 28 kids and we ran it like track and field day at school we had 8 different stations set up i and had 6 different teams an dtook th ekids around till they had all played each game. Than we had hotdogs, hamburgers and fries and of course cake and ice cream . We also had when she was 12 at the same hall we had a sleepover i had 10 girls and in th emorning we had everybody sitting around for a pancake breakfast it was a blast. Now i must tell you i was known as the crazy mom because my daughter had monthly sleepovers at the house with 10 girls . We played the games i earlier told you and in the morning had breakfast after lunch we all went swimming and by that time th egirls mom's would pick them up. LOL Enjoy your day
Gina

Ann - posted on 04/16/2010

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WOW...you guys are great!! Thanks for all the fun ideas..there is a dollar store in my area, I need to check it out and create the list of the games. I'm not quite good with this but I have a friend who is a elementary school teacher, she can help me out with this..I hope..LOL.. I sitll hope for some more ideas until middle of May.. :)

Gina - posted on 04/16/2010

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i totally forgot about that one . My daughter hated getting her face wet. lol

Shari - posted on 04/16/2010

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There is also the old time favorite that my kids enjoyed, bobbing for apples.. :0)

Gina - posted on 04/15/2010

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Hi Ann
First of all you know to make your own cake saves lots !! I don't kno wif you have a dollar store where you live . Figure out how much you can spend on loot bags , I use to play lots of games with my kids on their b-days. but instead of having gifts if the chil dwon a game i use to let that child choose the next game and start it. They loved it !! There are so many games that cost absolutely nothing and are great for both boys and girls, Hot potato, going to Jerico , you plase a mat on the floor and play music the child on the mat when the music is out. A new twist to musical chairs. Memory game 10 things on a tray quick look cver and give them time to write what they can remember down . Balloon toss . Fill balloons with water, have the children put green garbage bags over their clothes, in pairs and toss the balloon back an dforth to their partner with out breaking it. I real riot lol Dress up relay. You take two garbage bags put one shirt, pants, coat , hat and scarf , make two teams have it girls against boys. you give each child about 30 sec. to put the clothes on . the first team sitting down when finished wins. Take a syraform ball and straws. again girls against boys. The idea is to use the straw to blow on the ball and get it into the net. In these games where the team wins so nobody feels left out you pick the next game and the wining team goes first. Tell this rule at the beging of the game so it won't disapoint anybody. Enjoy !! If you want more ideas let me know. Gina

Ann - posted on 04/15/2010

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wow..that's the fun idea..thanks for giving me all those details, love the Dinosaur theme, my daughter loves it too..fun for both boys & girls..
Thanks Billie...:)

Billie - posted on 04/15/2010

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The most fun party my 5 children had for a birthday was the one they created! During a trend of expensive party favor bags of gifts that I couldn't afford, I had the idea to let the kids make their own. Simple and inexpensive craft items, mostly on hand or the dollar store, was all that was needed. The theme was "Islands".
As the children arrived they were directed to the kitchen table to make their party costume and favors. Grass skirts, flower leis, native masks, and rain sticks were some of the favorites. Pirates, monkeys, sea creatures, fish, etc. may be included. (Have a few ideas already made up to spark interest and ideas.) Construction paper, tissue paper, paper towel tubes or wrapping paper tubes, dried beans or rice, tape, clue, markers, crayons, long tacks or nails with large heads ( Have an adult do the rain stick maker part or supervise putting these in the tubes!) paper plates, string! Add lots of imagination...the fun begins!
If you have a hula hoop, have a contest or put on music to hula by in grass skirts. (Satellite t.v. stations have Hawaiian or Reggae music.)
If the kids made costumes and masks, etc. have them stage a play.
Change party games to fit your theme. Pin a coconut on the palm tree or banana on the monkey, patch on the pirate..you get the idea!
Now for the food! Make cupcakes the kids can decorate themselves. Select sprinkles, shredded coconut or other toppings for them to choose from.
Put out pineapple pieces, marachino cherries, berries, and marshmellows to skewer on wood skewers. (Watch they don't become swords!)
Or if you serve a meal, make it shrimp or chicken kabobs with little tomatoes, red, yellow , orange and green peppers and pineapple or jerk chicken.
Hope this helps get your creative juices flowing. If you need more ideas, your local library should have some kids party books or browse the bookstores.
One other favorite idea was a dinosaur party. I found some dinosaur shaped cookies to top the cake and made frosting trees and used candy that looked like boulders or dinosaur eggs to decorate. A hunt game would be fun and dinosaur masks. Young children love to act out animals!
Happy Birthday!!

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