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How To Throw An Unforgettable Birthday Party For Kids Of All Ages

There was a time when parents gave their kids traditional birthday parties. Most birthday parties had a cake, a few cheap games, (like Pin The Tail On The Donkey) presents and the “Happy Birthday” Song.

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.

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. If your party colours are blue, get with your supplier. For example, Sweet Services has a ton of blue candy that will be unique and keep the theme colour together. Save the cake for your family dinner that is in honour of your birthday child.

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. There are many party favour boxes, bags, and bags to choose from.

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 favourite 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

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.

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 colours, (chunky glitter and fairy dust are also recommended) food colouring, 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)
Guessing games (like a hangman with chalk markers and boards)
Make a “weirdest tee shirt”
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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