- May 15, 2007 at 8:54 pm #240652BiggerPiggyBankParticipant
While a space walk may be the “in” thing for kids birthday parties,
the price alone is scary, and unnessecary! There are many things you
can do for a birthday to make it fun, memorable, and inexpensive!
First, limit the number of kids he can invite. If it’s a free-for-
all, you’ll likely wind up with his class, plus half of the other
kids in his grade not in his class. A rule of thumb I’ve always
heard is 1 kid per year old, so for a 9 year old, 9 kids.
personally usually limit it a bit more, but with 3 kids of my own, I
just can’t handle more!
Next, get an idea on a theme he might like, but as a warning, as
kids get older, “themes” aren’t as “cool”. Woe to the parents who
give thier 9 year old daughter a barbie birthday, only to find out
that barbie just isn’t cool to her anymore! (yes, I have done
oops). Food can be themed towards the event, as well, but
keep in mind that snacks are much cheaper than doing a full meal.
If you do want a meal, do a family only pot luck an hour before the
kids party starts, and then after the kids arrive, do cake & ice
cream, or what not.
Once you have the guest list, and the food & theme figured out, look
towards games. Again, many birthday games just are not “cool” for
older kids. A scavenger hunt might be fun.
Make it unique to the
birthday boy- answer questions about his favorite colors, favorite
foods, favorite movies, and give hints based on those answers. For
instance, if you have his favorite movie on vhs or dvd, hide the
next clue in the box. Or if it’s a poster, hide it barely sticking
out from behind the poster.
Make it involve several clue’s, some decoy clue’s, and make it long.
While it might seem like 5 clue’s is long, it’s not. They’ll be done
in less than 10 minutes. Make it more like 15 clue’s.
At the “end”, have a box with the goodie bags as the prize, with
enough so that each kid has one, and maybe a small gift for your son
For the goodie bag/favors, shop the local dollar stores at least
once a week to see what new stuff they have. Theme, if you get one,
is the best way to look at new things. If it’s an army theme, pick
up a few bags of those little green army men, and stick a few in
Find bags of inexpensive candy (shop the day after
Valentine’s to get stuff like hershey kisses, if the party is after
that date), and stick candy in each bag. Have a few stickers, and
some cool neon or metallic pencils in each bag, too.
Don’t go over board on things like favor bags, because chances are,
unless you are willing to spend quite a bit, the small objects are
just going to be pushed aside for the candy, anyway.
For a cake, you could make up one yourself, or pay big dollars to
get one at a bakery. OR, you could make up a bunch of cup cakes, buy
two tubs of white frosting, mix those into a few different colors,
and find sprinkles at the dollar store. The kids can spend time
decorating thier own cupcake, which will take time, involve the
kids, and give them “cake”, as well.
You could do this with cookies,
Between the scavenger hunt and the cupcake decorating, you might not
even have to come up with another game at all. If you do want
another one, make a pinata. Don’t buy one, those things are over
You can make one using newspaper, paper mache mix (flour,
water, and glue, I think?), a big balloon, and some paint for
Hope this helps!
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