Make Your Kid’s Birthday the Talk of the Block!
Kid birthday parties have gotten a little out of hands. With even moderate-income families shelling out hundreds of dollars for professional entertainment or facility rentals, it’s no wonder today’s kids are entitled and spoiled. Fortunately, you can still throw an old-fashioned at home birthday party that is both economical and fun. Our DIY birthday party ideas will guarantee that your kids feels like a star.
4 Fun Themes for Kids Birthdays
The great thing about kids is that they don’t really care how much something costs as long as they are having fun. By simply taking something your child is interested it and being creative with it, you can make a theme birthday party she will never forget. Here are three classic themes that can easily be adapted to almost any budget.
Kids love games and prizes, and you can give them both using a carnival themed birthday party. Send invitation in the form of old-time handbills. Set up games like ring toss, lawn bowling, balloon breaking and a fishpond. Have small prizes on hand to give out (even if a kid’s performance is less than stellar). Serve hot dogs, chips, soda and popsicles and even consider having a side show with silly attractions like wild animals (the family pets), a gypsy fortune teller (mom in a costume with a crystal ball), and amazing stunts (let the kids do tricks like cartwheels and somersaults).
2. Drive In
Collect some large boxes from local grocery and big box stores. Have markers and other craft supplies in hand. Invite kids to a “drive in” and let them create cardboard “cars.” Put on the birthday kid’s favorite movie and serve popcorn, candy, nachos and other movie snacks. Make invitations that look like movie tickets. Give out prize bags with movie themed goodies in them and let the kids finish off the party by “driving” their cars around the yard for their parents.
Invite little princesses and princes to the party with crown-shaped invitations. Offer a class in royal manners (how to curtsy or bow) and dancing. Serve petite fours or cake balls and juice “tea” along with mini sandwiches. Tell guests to come in their best princess outfits and offer mini-makeovers with up-dos, makeup and nail polish. End the party by making construction paper crowns with glitter, plastic gems, and other craft supplies.
Make use of the backyard or local park to host a “safari.” Place various stuffed animals around the area and have the kids “drive” around to see them and take pictures with disposable cameras. If you have well-mannered pets, let the birthday kid show them off to the group and even invite other local animals to the show with their owner handlers. You might even consider taking a trip to a local pet store or shelter to learn more about the animals there. Let the kids make animal masks to take home.