Birthday Parties – Fun on a Budget
Who said birthday parties don’t come cheap? Here’s a great party theme that will also save you money on your child’s birthday cake. Simply bake up a batch of cupcakes and set them aside to cool a few hours before the party. Taking several bowls, food coloring and plain, vanilla icing, mix different colors of icing into each bowl. Fill other bowls with jellybeans, sprinkles and gummy worms. Now each child has their own personalized cupcake!
*Helpful Hint: Keep little partiers in their space with a few crayons and a few of our educational Dora coloring pages
The best place to shop for party bags is at a Dollar Store. You would be surprised at what you can dig up there! From large packs of army men to multi-packs of hair bows, lip-gloss and jewelry – we think it is the best place to come out not only on budget but also under it. Save even more money by opting for paper bags over pricey character themed bags. Then, simply snazzy up the bag with stickers, the child’s name and whatever else your heart desires.
*Helpful Hint: Don’t have the cash to dish out on party bags? Buy a box of 100 count crayons, separate them into five or six crayons each and place them into sandwich bags. Then, print off a few of our educational Spongebob Squarepants coloring pages and staple them together to create a book. Wah-la! Instant party favors!
Really want to save that dough for a rainy day? Plan your party around a season or holiday close to your child’s birthday when seasonal items are at their most abundant. Save even more money by stocking up after that holiday has passed and putting the items away for future birthday parties.
Children’s Favorite Birthday Party Games
Wrap a bar of chocolate (or some other gift), in a layer of paper. Now wrap it in another layer and repeat until you have about 10 layers. Finally wrap it in gift paper (so it looks nice). Sit everyone in a circle and play a short snippet of music. When the music stops, the person holding the parcel removes ONE layer of wrapping. Repeat until the last layer of wrapping has been removed. The winner keeps the present.
The old favourite. With one fewer chairs than people, a short snippet of music is played while the people move around the room. When the music stops everyone tries to sit on a vacant chair. (Only ONE person per chair) The person who doesn’t find a chair is out. One chair is taken away and the game continues until only one person (The Winner) is left.
On a tray, place about 10 to 15 small items (e.g. pencil, watch, comb, shoe lace, spoon, toy car, etc.) and cover with a cloth. Sit everyone in a circle. Place the tray in the middle of the circle and remove the cloth for 60 seconds. Everyone has to remember the objects. When the time is up, replace the cloth. In turn, each person has to name an object on the tray. The first person to fail to name an object, repeat an object or name something not on the tray is out. The tray is then removed and some or all of the objects replaced, and the game re-started with the person following the one who is out. If the game is too easy for the group, add more objects or reduce the time.