What are some ideas for 5 yr old girl birthday parties?

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I need help planning for my daughters 5th birthday party in January. Last year she had just started a new school 2 weeks prior and we had a party at our house, only one kid showed up. The school mothers seem to already have their existing cliques so I have not made friends with any other mothers like I'd hoped for. Now her birthday has rolled around again and I'm afraid noone will show at her party again. :( I'm slightly concerned it may be b/c we had it at our own house. Is that maybe too personal? Any ideas on where or what I can do to make her party special without spending a ton of money? Any info greatly appreciated!!

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Rachel - posted on 11/28/2011

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McDonald's does birthday parties, my daughter's 5th was done there and her and her friends had a blast! For her 6th we did a tea party. We had the girls dress up in fancy clothes and bring their favorite doll. I made little sandwiches and tiny cupcakes and cookies. I searched resale shops and got each girl an old fashioned tea cup and saucer (I served tea, but also had punch). They got to take their tea cup home! I also bought the unfinished picture frames at the craft stores and things to decorate them (feathers, pompoms, glitter glue...) and took a picture of the girls all together and put it into each frame. My daughter is now 14 and her friends still have the frame and tea cup and they still talk about that party. Lol Good luck! Also, just an idea, maybe have your daughter do dance class, girl scouts, or other outside of school activities so you have a larger circle of friends for her ( and for yourself!)

Amy - posted on 11/14/2011

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www.birthdaypartyideas.com
I use this web site every year for my kiddos' b-days. The ideas are wonderful and cheap. We have done Pirate, Superheros, Little Mermaid, Cowboy/girl, American Girl, just to name a few. Every year I use ideas from this site my kids tell me "that was the best b-day ever".
Happy Party-ing!!!

Katherine - posted on 11/10/2011

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What about a jump house? We have an indoor bounce house type thing called Pump it up. The kids love it. We also have a gymnastics place that does parties.

K - posted on 11/09/2011

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I don't know if you have any in your area, but Chick Fil A has a reasonably priced birthday package. i mean, it's not the coolest place in the world, but for a five year old, it is pretty spiffy ;) Also, as far as the food, I feel like it is a better choice than other "fast food" or pizza and a once in a while treat. Otherwise, you can usually rent out rooms in local community centers and the like, for a reasonable price and then do some sort of crafting party. 5 year old girls are pretty easy to entertain, so long as you don't hop them up on sugar, haha...My daughter's birthday is in December and I often struggle with the same things because it is so cold outside. Next year we are going to do Mini golfing in August and just let December pass with a special family dinner....If I think of anything else I will letcha know. Good luck! Oh! bowling, going to the movies or something like that, then even if only one or two kids shows up it's still fun. I'm not big on having a bunch of other people's kids around anyway, so the smaller the better ;)

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Samantha - posted on 03/21/2013

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Hey Rachel,
Hosting a party at home is perhaps the most economical and convenient option but there is no reason why people wouldn’t attend it. This year, send out your invites early. In fact try to hand deliver them so that you get familiar with the mommies and build up a relationship. This way, you have more chances of getting more guests.

Erica - posted on 11/14/2011

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We had my 5yr olds party at a gymnastic's studio. She loved it and all the kids had a blast. They could use all the equipment and wear themselves out.

Janet - posted on 11/14/2011

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try an indoor centre - or a playground that she frequents - having a party at home is fine - maybe u need to look at her and your friends

Katherine - posted on 11/10/2011

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Well it sounds like you have a lot of good ideas!

App+7mnejhu - posted on 11/10/2011

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Is Chuck E Cheese an option? Do you have a local YMCA? I had my daughters bday party at my local YMCA last year for her 5th bday, and the price was very economical which allowed us to spend more on gifts. We are actually going to have her 6th bday party there this year as well, she also has a January bday.

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We live in Houston, Tx. I'm not really big on the parks here and I think it would be too cold for the kids at end of January. My birthday is in June so I grew up with outdoor parties every year so this is really hard for me, lol. And I am also from the country and parks here are very different from where I grew up, so maybe I'm just picky. Thanks for the feedback!

Katherine - posted on 11/09/2011

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Where do you live? The park is a great place to have a party. No clean up and the kids have a blast. That's really sad no one showed up.
Having it at your house is definitely not too personal. People do it all the time. But I think the park is a great idea.

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