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    We finally bought our first house and it is actually big enough to host our
    first birthday party. I was thinking of having the party at Chucky Cheese, but
    after learning it would cost us over $12 per child, I am hoping I can have a
    wonderful and memorable birthday party at home. We are looking at having it
    outside (it will be September 18th in Oklahoma) so if the weather does not
    cooperate, we have a patio or can move it indoors if need be. I am pregnant and
    due 11-04 so I will be trying to take it easy and have enlisted my mom and
    mother-in-law for help. Our daughter will be starting a new school this year,
    so I'm not sure if she will have made friends to invite by them, only a month
    into the school year.
    In buying our first house, we are really strapped financially so any tricks are
    appreciated. We are considering renting a moon walk, but I have not check into
    the price yet. I was thinking of maybe an arts n crafts type thing or just
    having some cool games the kids won't think of as lame and cheap entertainment.
    She really loves Pokemon, but I can not find anything at the dollar stores with
    Pokemon and it seems the plain stuff is cheaper than the licensed stuff anyway.
    Any and all ideas will be appreciated and I thank you all in advance!

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    check out this website...
    http://familyfun.go.com/parties/birthday/
    I am a firm believer in NOT hiring the carnival stuff. The last 3 years we have
    had my son's bday parties at the park or at home, with homemade carnival stuff
    and the kids had as much or more fun than the parties with the inflatable
    jumping things and slides.
    We did Harry Potter two years ago. I spray painted a ball with gold glitter
    paint and had a relay race with it as the Quidditch thing. I got a large box
    and painted it to look like a secret chamber, cut the door out and my husband
    even rigged up an old doorknob we had (complete with the skeleton key face
    plate) and put it on the door. I had an older cousin to sit outside in raggedy
    (peasant witch) clothes with a grab bag (made out of bandannas). The grab bag
    had all kinds of metal things in it and lots of keys. If they pulled out the
    key that matched the key for the chamber door, they got to get things out of a
    treasure chest (dollar store prizes). I probably spent $50 with the cake--which
    I tried to make but it fell apart the morning of the party, so I had to run to
    store and buy one! Last year we did a nascar thing. I got lots of grocery
    boxes, cut the bottom out and sprayed each a base color. I set a course in our
    yard and split the kids into teams. Each team decorated
    their car with tempra paints, stickers, markers. We went on and played some
    other games and ate. Then went back to the cars (dried) and had relay races.
    The kids "wore" the cars, had to run the course, come back, the next person in
    line did the same. First team complete wins more $ store prizes. I gave each a
    bag with candy and a hot wheel (the ones that come in the large box with many
    for few $$$) in it as a goody bag. An earlier year, we did Thomas the
    tank...again I used a huge box and drew Thomas on it, with holes for bean bags
    to be thrown it. I left the box complete, except for the bean bag holes, so the
    kids could go in and play inside. They were 4 then. I bought ticking material
    and made goody bags with bubbles and whistles inside.
    I can't remember what else we did, but it was all train related. The cowboy
    party, I made goody bags out of cheap denim with hemp/twine as the drawstring.
    We had relay races with little red wagons full of straw. We tried to rope a
    bale of pine straw. We painted faces (branding animals). I borrowed some stick
    horses for races. Although I later found idea to use old brooms or dowels and
    make horses out of them.
    A neighbor had a cute party for her daughter. The kids did crafts....the girls
    decorated capes (scraps of cloth) with glitter glue and sequins. the boys made
    shields out of poster board (pre-cut) they just decorated them with markers.
    Mom hid gold play coins in the yard as well as a toy dragon. The one who found
    the most coins won a prize. The one who found the dragon got to keep it. Each
    child was given a "goody bag" before the "search. She had just taken some purple
    inexpensive fabric and sewn them up and used gold string as drawstring. The
    kids got to keep their gold coins, as well as some bubbles and the boys got
    "swords" made of poster board and the girls got wands (poster board) also before
    the "search". It was cute and fun...and really little $$$. I always like to
    see imagination used instead of spending a fortune on amusements.
    Are you inviting boys and girls? If just girls, a Barbie thing is always great.
    CHeerleaders and football players. Or a princess diary theme. Tell them to come
    dressed as princesses and do some stampin' stuff--make picture frames or
    something. Make some bead jewelry. If she likes spiderman and you are inviting
    boys and girls, tell the boys to come as spiderman and the girls as his
    girlfriend. Use some halloween crafts to do spider things. What about spy
    kids? have a mystery and let them find clues to something. scooby doo?
    catwoman? Personally, I love Rocket Power cartoon and Thornberrys...so I am
    trying to talk my son into a jungle safari thing or hawaiian surfing thing for
    this year. Will probably do spiderman!
    Sorry I got carried away, but I love doing birthday parties and halloween
    costumes!
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    My kids did Pokemon also. We used the little solid plastic characters to
    decorate the cake. The pi?ata is a great idea. My kids draw their own pokemon
    all the time so they would enjoy doing it with their friends. My sister joined
    in once and made up her own character. I forgot what it was. They thought that
    was cheating because she did not have to make it look like the real one. It was
    whatever she wanted it to be. Oh, my favorite party game is just buying a board
    game and everyone joins in. We still have the game after it is all over,
    also. We have not had over five kids over at one time.
    My son just had his 9th birthday and he wanted to wear his Halloween
    costume from last year for the day so we let him. Another game that I liked was
    drop the penny in a gallon jar of water. Whoever got it into the little cup at
    the bottom won a prize. I figured they beg at the restaurants to drop the coin
    so why not do it now. It was OK but my 2yo loved it the best. It cost nothing
    so what the hey. Now they know it is harder than what they think.
    I would also ask her to come up with some ideas also. She might have a game
    that they play at school that she really likes and you could adapt it to the
    home setting.
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    What about making a Pokemon ball (the half white, half red one) pi?ata from
    a balloon and paper mache. Fill with candy and dollar store items. I bought
    Pokemon cake "decal" (place on top of iced cake), pencils, pens, paper clips
    and stationary set (pencil case with eraser and ruler inside) all at the
    dollar store. What about pin the lightning bolt tail on the Pikachu (right
    character ?) made from a picture blown up on a photocopier. Could each child
    be assigned a particular Pokemon character when they arrive at the party and
    must act like them throughout the party (or some other better variation of
    this take-on-the-personna of a Pokemon character idea). Make a game of
    trying to draw your favourite Pokemon character in the dark (or
    blindfolded) - see what new characters are invented.

    That's all I can think of off hand. I'm sure other members have more
    creative ideas for you to try.

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    If you can find the book, "The Penny Whistle Party Planner" by Meredith Brokaw
    and Annie Gilbar at the library, it has many ideas for theme parties. I think
    there is even an arts & crafts theme party in it. There are many ideas that are
    cheap and lots of instructions for homemade materials. I borrowed this book
    from the library many times and then I found it an a consignment shop for $1.00.
    It is a great resource.
    Patty T


    If you can find the book, "The Penny Whistle Party Planner" by Meredith Brokaw
    and Annie Gilbar at the library, it has many ideas for theme parties. I think
    there is even an arts & crafts theme party in it. There are many ideas that are
    cheap and lots of instructions for homemade materials. I borrowed this book
    from the library many times and then I found it an a consignment shop for $1.00.
    It is a great resource.
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    hi ya! I have hosted MANY birthday parties. Every single year.
    For my daughter's ninth.. we had 28 girls spend the night. Can you imagine that?
    Anyways, at that age.. they are looking forward to things a little more grown
    up.
    Some of the things we did.


    All the kids got to make their own mini pizzas. Easy and cheap to do.
    We played red-rover out in the street... this was so fun!!!
    We had lots of music and a boogie contest. Who could dance the longest.. who
    could dance on one foot.. etc etc
    I bought kiddie makeup.. and put the girls in groups of two. they had to make
    each other up as a movie star.. and then strut down the run way.
    we had hoola hoop contests
    I also had playstation set up in one room, music in another, pizza in the
    kitchen, and crafts in another room.. so that there was ALWAYS something to do.
    You can do simple crafts too. Such as if you have a few kids.. puppets. from
    socks or paper lunch sacks.. divide into teams.. and do a play.
    divide the kids up to do a skit.
    put on an improv talent show.. singing show, dance, etc
    A box of majic tricks.. cheap.. and have the kids all learn a few tricks and
    test them out.
    There are a lot of simple games.. that can be made a lot of fun

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    I have done a moonwalk. They are great! The cost should be no more then $110
    for about the whole day. (mine was from 11A to 11P) Call and check around for
    prices - they vary from about $75 to $200. Also make sure the price includes
    drop off, set-up & pickup. That is the best way to go. Set-up isn't that
    hard, it is tearing it down & bringing it back. Oh - also we had a table set
    up where the kids could do Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments between jumping. That was it
    other then the cake & presents. The kids really enjoyed the tournaments - plus
    it gave them some down-time.
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