Birthday as special!
Irrespective of age.
Back in our days, we remember birthday parties as one of the most fun parts of childhood. Today, the ‘fun’ evolved way beyond imagination and professional help has taken over. Parents feel they must provide unique entertainment, have a bounce house, magician, and outdo all the neighbours.
….and of’course all this cost a lot!
But hold on. There are ways to give your child a unique and special party, without burning a hole in your pocket. We will share a few of these ideas with you below. Before we begin, we would like to point out that we are going against tradition here. For example, instead of ordering a fancy fondant cake from an expensive bakery that cost a fortune, we suggest getting it from a home baker in your neighbourhood. Make goodie bags that match the theme of your party and few other things like that…
You can also set up a buffet or bar and display containers of candy. This is a cheap and easy way to treat guests. Get creative. You can use ice cream cones filled with scoops of pretty cotton candy, stuff small jars with gummy insects, or make lollipop trees. You are only limited by your imagination.
Toddlers – Teddy Bear Parade
Young children can be easily entertained. They love simple parties that keep the focus on them for a few hours. For your cheap DIY toddler party, why not have a Teddy Bear Parade?
Invite each guests to bring their favorite teddy bear or other stuffed toy. Set up a “costume room”. This is where you will have baskets of dress up clothes, shoes, bags, and other items. You can get your accessories from home, friends. The Goodwill, garage sales, and the local dollar store. Here are some suggestions:
- Sparkly materials
- Beads and necklaces
- Flowers and flowered leis
- Walking sticks
Each guest goes to the costume room to dress up and to dress up their Teddy Bear. When everyone is ready, form a line and begin the parade. March the party around the block or through the park. The parade ends at the location decorated and selected for the guest of honor to sit and unwrap gifts.
School Aged Children/Teens – DIY Projects
DIY Calming Glitter Jars are super fun and easy to make and costs very little. You need a jar (plastic if the kids are very young) with a lid, glitter glue in various colors, (chunky glitter and fairy dust are also recommended) food coloring, water, and some kids that want to have fun. Click here for exact instructions.
No bake DIY playdough is fun and easy and cheap. You will need flour, salt, water, food coloring, oil, and glitter. The simple instructions are found here.
Some great ideas for older kids and teens include:
- Scavenger hunt
- Making decorative picture frames (use thrift store frames and buy accessories in bulk)
- Pool party
Read my interesting post on fun ideas to celebrate young girl’s birthday party here
Decorations and Treats
Often the cake and the set-up and supplies to serve the cake are expensive and time-consuming. Instead, set up a candy buffet table. Use a table and table covering, order beautiful candy from a bulk candy warehouse and decorate the backdrop area with lights, pictures, movie themes, or balloons. The table is colorful and decorates a large portion of the area. You will find this fun (kids love filling their own candy bags) and cost effective.
Use your imagination and encourage the kids to use theirs.
This will be an unforgettable party!
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