Help I have a birthday comming up and I am broke

Melissa - posted on 10/14/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My son is going to be 5 next week ! I am broke would like to have his party but its last minute and I just dont have the money this year ! Please give me ideas , for a simple party . I do have cake mix just need to get frosting which I can get . It will have to be a pot luck ?

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You don't have to have anything other than a cake and ice cream for a kid's party (and probably drinks). If you can't afford it, don't worry about other food. Have it at your house. Let the kids run around the yard...tag, red rover, duck duck goose. Eat cake and ice cream. Open presents. Send the kiddos home!

Lori - posted on 10/15/2011

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Have the party at 2pm. That way it's after lunch and before dinner. Just have cake and ice cream. The kids will enjoy just being together! :)

Melissa - posted on 10/14/2011

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I think of the story stone soup so maby we can have a stone soup party..LOL

User - posted on 10/14/2011

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You could always ask all the Mum's to bring a plate of something (party pies, sandwiches, fruit, etc) that way you won't have to cater for everyone on your own.

And I definitely agree witrh the picnic idea of Amanda's, no mess for you and it's somewhere not at home (which can be a treat at five) and it doesn't cost a thing!

Amanda - posted on 10/14/2011

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Just have a small party at home with a few of his friends. Make a few sandwiches and have cake. Put a few ballons up and let them play in the garden.

You could do it at the park. Organise a picnic.

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Ashley - posted on 10/17/2011

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I actually saw a birthday at a mcdonadls playplace once. I remember thinking it was a great idea. The parents just showed up there with the kids

Alison - posted on 10/17/2011

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I agree w/ those that are saying just invite a few of his friends and make the cake. I don't know when this thing started that you HAVE to give party favors. Yes, they are nice if you can afford them but you know what for a 5 yr old a piece of cake and games w/ friends are perfect. I also suggest a 10am to 12pm time for the party. Little ones seem to do better behavior wise in the morning. Also you can just send them home for lunch. Have fun and Happy Birthday!!!

Katherine - posted on 10/17/2011

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It's too bad your parks got destroyed by the hurricane. That's a shame. I always held my daughters party at a park. It was no cost and the kids had a blast.
Just have it at your house, have some games and maybe go to the dollar store to get some prizes? Or you could just have a scavenger hunt, kids love that.
I'm not sure if you've already had the party lol. If you did how did it turn out?

Sandy - posted on 10/16/2011

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Pot luck is fine. Let parents know that they don't have to bring a gift, if they bring something to eat, like sammiches or chips (more than one bag if in lieu of a gift.) Most friends will understand. ☺

Stifler's - posted on 10/16/2011

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i agree with the others just have an afternoon tea at home on the patio with home made cakes and fairy bread and invite a few friends don't worry about making a big thing if you don't have a lot of money to spend.

Melissa - posted on 10/15/2011

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We have a inflatable playground or bouncy house where I live, do you? It costs just under $7 per child. I think it would be reasonable to invite kids to such a place and alert the parents of the cost up front. Take your homemade cake and a few ballons for the party room and let the kids play together.

Gloria - posted on 10/15/2011

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A pot luck party is a great idea. We've been to a few parties at the local park. The kids love it and its a free venue. Decorations aren't really needed at the park, just some paper plates, cups, napkins and maybe plastic forks. If you are baking the cake it can be rather inexpensive.
To save on postage and gas by hand delivering try e-mail invitations.
Good luck and hope your son has a great time!

Michelle - posted on 10/15/2011

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Going to the dollar tree helps, having it between lunch and dinner helps, you can find games online that require little or nothing, you could probably make a piñata if you had balloons, paint, newspaper and flour at home (don't know how crafty you are), you could have it at a park or even a mall with a play area (or something along those lines). Oh and use evite that way you can invite people without buying or mailing invitations.

TRINA - posted on 10/15/2011

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Just go online and look up outdoors games, face paint, water balloon fight, hot potato, flag football use belts and old cloth and tape or duck tape as the flags, sack race with pillow cases

User - posted on 10/14/2011

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Also go to op-shops and cheap shops. Op-shoipping is great because you can sometimes find some really good bargains. And we have a couple of different places where you can buy things new but at pretty cheap prices, they're really good for getting decorations and such.

Melissa - posted on 10/14/2011

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I am going to try and aim it to next Saterday gives me time to set it up . I just need ideas , the mum thing is good a little pot luck party

Melissa - posted on 10/14/2011

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I would love the picnick thing if weather is good but the parks here were distroide by the hurricaine we had this summer:( it was a nice one they are still cleaning out the mud 2 months later .

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