Quick birthday parties on a shoestring can be done with diligence. Summer is here and I don’t know about your but we have several summer birthdays to celebrate. I had to come up with quick birthday ideas that were affordable because for us summer is our most expensive time of year. Is it yours? Kind of like bears we hibernate and do not do much in the winter, but in the summer we go, go, go!
With only one income it can be very expensive to give multiple birthday parties in a year. Birthday parties have become a little pretentious on costs, and facilities know that they can charge an outrageous price if they hand out a goodie bag and prize.
Saving money on the actual party will allow the birthday child to get a larger gift, more gifts, or money. We don’t buy a ton of presents at birthdays’ because we do spend more on Christmas. Before I start to put any thought into a birthday party I ask the birthday child what they want, party or gift. If they choose a party then I put the time and effort into a nice party.
If they choose a gift, then the party is on a shoestring!
Quick birthday parties came about for me when I had my fourth child. I didn’t have time to put hours into cupcakes. Now I add to the party ONLY what the kids will eat, or play. At the last party we had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches….we did not have any leftovers.
Quick Summer Birthday Party Ideas:
Water party- That means that everyone will get wet. See how many friends have a sprinkler, slip and slide or water gun. Then bring as may over as you can find. As an added bonus set everything up like it is an obstacle course! The kids will love it. Have the birthday child go first, but at the end…maybe a whip cream pie in the face! I’ve done it, and my son loved it.
Dinosaur party-Make a dinosaur dig out of sand and dinosaur toys. Make some fossils with coffee grinds and create a scavenger hunt, and for the grand finale a dinosaur cake. If girls are invited maybe make a few of the dinosaurs pink, with bows, or girl dinosaur names.
Lego party-borrow some legos or use ones you have and print off a few challenges from Pinterest. Have the guests build one of the challenge lego’s and the winner will get a prize. Hide a lego under someone’s chair. Play musical chairs and the winner (the one who lands on the chair with the lego) will win a prize. Make a lego cake, with blue punch. If they aren’t too pricey have someone paint faces like some of the characters in the lego movie.
Summer birthday’s can be fun and inexpensive because they can be held outside. Summer birthday’s can be messy, loud, and creative. Summer birthday’s do not have to be expensive, so set a budget and make it your goal to stay within that budget. Remember not too long ago kids were ecstatic to get A toy.
Some more idea’s are welcome in the comments.