Today’s parents feel an obligation to make their child’s birthday party a major event. People spend huge amounts of money for professional entertainment, bounce houses, and rent out establishments with rides, food, and games that celebrity children could not compete with. Gone are the days of the kitchen baked cake and a few cheap games (like pin the tail on the donkey). But we did not lose our creativity and imagination We simply stopped trusting ourselves to make the party great.
There are ways to give your child a unique and special party, without dipping into their college fund. We will share a few of these ideas with you below. Before we begin, we would like to point out that we are not going back to the plain traditional party, we will be pushing against tradition here. For example, instead of a sheet cake that cost a fortune, we suggest buying candy from an online supplier. Make goodie bags that match the theme of your party. Set up a beautiful candy corner with jars and jars of color coordinated candy and let the kids do their thing!
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. There are many party favor boxes, bags, and bags to choose from. If you are concerned about the candy you are supplying, get sugar-free, gluten-free, or even koser candy. The kids will only see lovely sweets and everyone will be happy.
Young children are 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 thrift store, garage sales, and the local dollar store. Ask your friends to chip in old ties and scarves, mittens and other item. Here are some suggestions:
- Sparkly materials
- Beads and necklaces
- Flowers and floral leis
- Walking sticks
Check out the clearance section of your local hobby or fabric store.
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. Note: be sure enough adults attend to ensure the safety of the kids on their tour.
School aged children
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, and water. It is easy and inexpensive. 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)
- Make a “weirdest tee shirt”
You will not have a lot of say in the party. Be sure to clear a large space for it. There should be room to dance and places to sit. Music, treats, and games are their choice. If you can do an outdoor party, consider glitter and confetti. Stay away from kid parties and instead gift the birthday kid an instant camera. Let the kids take turns snapping a few pictures.
Use your imagination and encourage the kids to use theirs. This will be a great experience and an unforgettable party!