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Your kid just turned five, six, or some other age that ends in “teen” and probably doesn’t feel all that different. But for you, as a parent, it feels like the biggest milestone to date. You have your child for another two decades or so? What will you do with all that time?
And what about this birthday party thing? How do we tackle this one? Are you obliged to throw some sort of party with extended family members and weird acquaintances from school? Because, honestly, how much do you want to spend on balloons and cake mix right now. Surely there are cheaper and more fun alternatives out there! Right?
This article is going to be your guide to cheap kid’s birthday parties. Consider it a road map through the choices available to you when planning this once-in-a-blue moon event. Think of us as your not-so-secret fairy godparents who want nothing more than to help make your life that little bit easier!
Don’t stress about the big party!
Your kid is five, six, or seven. That doesn’t mean that you have to throw some sort of lavish party with a clown, a magician, and a pinata. No one is going to judge you if you don’t want to go all out and host some sort of fancy shindig. Trust us.
Your child is probably too young to really appreciate a bunch of grown-up party games and may not remember the whole thing at all a few weeks down the line. And while it would be nice to share the day with family and friends, you don’t want to get yourself into financial trouble.
There are plenty of ways to celebrate without breaking the bank. Here are five ways to make your child’s special day a bit more manageable!
5 Fun and Cheap Ways to Celebrate Your Child’s Birthday
In no particular order, here are 5 fun and cheap ways to celebrate your child’s birthday!
A DIY Photo Booth
Photo booths are a ton of fun at any party.
They can be expensive to book out, though. A DIY photo booth can cost you almost nothing and it will be a firm favorite at any party! Here is a cute photo booth kit!
An Ice Cream Party
This idea is perfect for hot summer days. You can buy ice cream in bulk and let your kid and their friends eat as much as they like. You can also serve ice cream sundaes and milkshakes. Here are some cute party favors!
A Pancake Party
Pancakes are delicious and easy to make. You can either feed your child and their friends pancakes and syrup or make it into a mini birthday buffet with all sorts of toppings!
A Playground Party
You can always throw your child and their friends a backyard playground party. This can be as simple as inviting the neighborhood kids over and letting them play on the swings and climbing frames in your garden.
There are loads of ways to celebrate with kids. You can always go the traditional route and have a karaoke or pancake party.
Karaoke and Pizza
Karaoke and pizza are probably the most classic kid’s party food in the world. They are also both cheap! Choose a few easy songs for your kid to sing and have the kids eat pizza and drink soda. You can also have your child invite their friends to come over for a playdate and serve nothing but grapes, crackers, and juice. Simple and cheap!
If you don’t have time to plan a party from scratch, you can always hire a party planner. They can help you with all the logistics and choose a party theme that fits your child’s personality.
Whether you want to throw a giant party or just throw a few slices of pizza in the back garden, the most important thing is to celebrate your child’s birthday. Your child is growing up way too fast and these milestones are important. You want to make sure they know you are thinking about them and that you love them no matter what!