Cost effective birthday party ideas

Ashley - posted on 04/15/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I am looking for some ideas for some cost-effective activities for my 8 year old daughter's birthday party. Anyone have any ideas?

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Amberay - posted on 04/16/2009

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Hey girl! Look at us all grown up with kids! ;)  Anyway, what about Watson Park? You can purchase package deals for the paddle boats, train and pony rides.  Plus, I believe you can slip into one of their covered picnic areas and avoid paying reservation fees like you would at El Dorado Lake. Or what about a crafty party like one of the bloggers already mentioned? Call the craft store Michaels on E Kellogg. They do really neat craft birthday parties! The Nature Center here in town or the zoo offer pretty cheap rates for parties as well.  Is East Park in El Dorado still full of animals like geese and stuff? You don't have to rent picnic space, you can take your own loaves of bread to feed the birds, and then walk over to take the kids to an afternoon movie possibly.  Or you could just bring everyone to my place, they can jump on the trampoline, ride Barbie Hotwheels all over the big yard and go fishing on our pond! I charge for the bait worms though. Lol  Dunno.....does any of this help?

Jennifer - posted on 04/16/2009

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You might want to go to the website- www.orientaltrading.com it has lots of craft ideas and you can usually do 12 per set that you buy. I find it a great place. Cause i use it for Mothers Day or spring just to have activities to do with my kids on the weekends.

Sara - posted on 04/16/2009

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I was in the same situation a couple of months ago for my daughters 8th. I realized that most of the expense and pressure to do a WOW party was mostly for the parents...you know, feeling like they are judging your party even though they are not. So I decided to let my daughter invite 3 friends for a Slumber Party. We didn't have a theme, so decorations were minimal, and i got really cute paper plates, napkins and invitations from the dollar bins in Target. We had pizza, a movie, and 1 craft. I had a lot of other things planned, but when it came down to it, all they wanted to do was play. They were happy and the pressure of parents being there was gone. It was a lot of fun and half the cost of a themed birthday party.



For craft ideas, I went to familyfun.com. We made "fuzzy flip flops". I made a pair too. I can't wait to do it again!

Shawna - posted on 04/15/2009

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take them bowling its cheap,or swimming,go to the dollarstore buy crafts ,make your oown pizzas,make up a scavenger hunt around thier age group,pinutas always a good idea good luck,custume parties theme parties,bake and let the decorate kids love it.



 

Geraldine - posted on 04/15/2009

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What I done at parties for my kids is when it comes to opening presents I get the children to decorate a pop bottle, then I gather all the children into a circle and the birthday girl or boy will spin the bottle and that is the friends presant the birthday child will open, that child will sit outside of the circle and begin again, then I will get the children out of the circle to help me set up for the next event, this also saves on arguing who`s present to open first.

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Jana - posted on 04/15/2009

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Making tie-dyed shirts is always fun.  A little messy, but they can make a lot of things for very little money.  I would buy a plastic tarp for the floor and let the girls go to town turning white things into pretty colors!  I love the making pizza and a movie idea!  You could also have the girls do "make-overs" and by "make-overs" I mean, buy some extra sparkley kids make-up and let them put make-up on each other, and do each other's hair and nails.   Other idea is to have the girl decorate cheap wood pictures frames, and then you can print a picture from the party to go inside.  Have fun finding ideas! 

Manda - posted on 04/15/2009

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Oh, good thinking, Teena! Making pizza is perfect! They all love that. Hey, I still love that, lol. :P

Teena - posted on 04/15/2009

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When you get your theme, go to the crafts store and pick up items that each of the kids can make, then they all have something to take home.  You can make it as inexpensive or expensive as you want.  old fashioned games like pin the tail on the donkey, hopscotch etc never go out of style at that age. 



 



Movie and "dinner" is good too.  Rent a childhood favorite from when you were that age, or one that all may want to see.  Have ingredients ready ahead of time and let them make individual pizza's.  Popcorn is always a hit also.

Manda - posted on 04/15/2009

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Buying an at home karaoke system can be a TON of fun too. Check your local Best Buy, Walmart, local outlet stores, or online at Ebay. My daughter and I have a blast doing it!!!

Manda - posted on 04/15/2009

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Making masks, bracelets, or hair things is always a ton of fun for moms and little girls! All the accessories are decently priced and if you buy in bulk you get even better deals. Obviously, extras can be saved. All the necessary items can be purchased at either your local Walmart or at a local craft store. It's a great way to keep them occupied for a good deal of time too. :) Have fun!!!

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