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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!

      Melissa V

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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.
      Cindy in AL

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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.

      Lisa B.

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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.
      Patty T

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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

      ~Rose~

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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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