I need ideas for a low cost 6 yr old girl birthday party

Therisa - posted on 12/30/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be turning 6 years old on January 14th. Need ideas for low cost places or themes.

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What we do sounds a lot like what Lindsay does. We also had our local fire dept pick us up one year and they took us to the station for pics on the truck, a tour and some games I had made. FREE! Might not be what a 6 y/o girl wants though. How about a princess party? Doing manis pesos etc all at home by you and a couple of girl friends to help? It could be a spa day.

Lindsay - posted on 12/30/2012

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For my son's 5th birthday we had a party at home. I ordered some Papa Murphy's take'n'bake pizza, made a box cake with whipped cream icing and let the kids play in the basement like a regular play date- he thought it was GREAT!!! I think there is an expectation now that every birthday has to be some huge blowout, amazing, themed event. I think it's ridiculous to set your children up for that. It doesn't say where you live...if it's cold and snowy include in the invite that children should come dressed for sledding. Last year we went to a girl's party at an ice skating rink. All the kids were invited to join, but it was listed in the invite how much skating rentals/cost would be per person (setting the tone that the host was NOT paying your family's way for the party). It was in the invite that the birthday girl would like you to join them for some ice-skating. Afterwards we convened in the sitting area for presents. You can even bring and serve hot chocolate with the cake. Another way to keep cost down is to put a limit on how many children your daughter can invite- we usually go with the number of the age they are turning- so your six year old can have 6 friends. You can even make it a tea party or some other home-based simple theme. In my experience- the simpler, the better. Kids get overwhelmed by all the craziness too. Keep it simple and bake a cake at home. The bottom line is this: KIDS DON'T CARE!!!! It's the parents who get worked up about making the birthday super-duper special. The kids just want their friends to come and play with them. I made my boys a 'birthday crown' to mark them as the "special" one for the day. That seemed to be more exciting than anything else. Don't stress out about it. We only do a party for our kids now on milestone birthdays. The other birthdays are 'family days'. The birthday kid gets to decide (within reason) what we do, and then we do that as a family. We have a family dinner (birthday-person choice) and we have a family party all day. They love it and so do we (parents)! My middle son's 4th birthday we did some woodworking, went for a bike ride, played with playdough, swam in the hot tub, ran through the sprinklers (July!), ate breakfast for dinner (his choice), cake for desert and then opened presents. He was the happiest kiddo ever. Good luck!

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Therisa - posted on 12/30/2012

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Thanks so much :) Lindsay sounds more simple then what my head been thinking about doing.

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