Five Cheap and Fun Ideas for Your Child’s Birthday Party

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1. Pizza Making/ Cupcake Decorating

Kids love to get involved in the kitchen, and making pizzas or decorating cupcakes are some of the easiest things to do. Pizza bases can be made in advance (for the really young ones), or you can make them on the day – it’s incredibly easy to put together. Set all toppings, sauces, icings and sprinkles in bowls in front of the guests and let them go wild…you might have lots of mess, but they will have taken care of their own lunch or tea!

2. Follow the String…

This is a good game to play when party guests arrive. Have a different coloured string or wool for each person and have it trailing around the house, through the banisters, in and out of rooms, even in the garden and around the trees. At the end of the string you can have a prize waiting, or a party hat, or a piece of cake…anything! It’s a great way to get the party started.

3. Teddy Bear’s Picnic

The picnic can be in the garden or inside on a rug. Ask every guest to bring their favourite teddy or doll and have miniature place settings and miniature sandwiches and cakes just for them. It’s such a simple idea but can keep little ones entertained for hours.

happy birthday 24. Talent Show/Stars in Their Eyes

Ask the guests to come dressed as a famous singer or actress, or a group of them could come as a band. They have to perform in front of the other guests – you could have a panel of judges, or get the other kids to rate each performance. It can also be fun to get the others to guess who each performer has come to the party as – this will test their dressing up skills!

5. Half-birthday parties

What do you do if your child has a birthday that always falls in the school holidays? You could try a ‘half-birthday’ party, holding it exactly six months after their actual birthday. Ask the guests to come half-dressed (within reason!) and serve half a birthday cake, and half biscuits and sandwiches. You could even have a game where everyone has to speak in half-words and guess what each other is trying to say!

About Author

Olivia Spencer is a writer and researcher living in London with her husband and two children. Previously a Philosophy graduate and chartered accountant, Olivia now blogs for the Huffington Post and writes for other sites and magazines with a special interest in parenting and mental health. She has written a book about postnatal depression in dads - Sad Dad: An Exploration of Postnatal Depression in Fathers (Free Association Books, Sept 2014).

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