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DIY Kid’s Birthday Party Ideas

April 11, 2013

Grandmother and Granddaughter Baking Birthday CakeJust because you can’t afford to shell out hundreds of dollars for your child’s birthday party doesn’t mean you can’t create a memory that will last them a lifetime. If you’re strapped for cash and are in need of some creative yet thrifty kid’s birthday party ideas, taking the DIY route is your best bet. Here are a few fun DIY kids’ party ideas.

Throw an “On-Location” Birthday Bash
Instead of going overboard at a costly themed restaurant, hold the party at home. If your home is too small to accommodate a party of children, ask your friends and family if they’re willing to host. Spend money on flashy yet inexpensive decorations like balloons and banners to create a festive atmosphere. Find inspiration for your DIY kid’s birthday decorations on Pinterest.

Bake the Cake
You can save a lot of money by baking your kid’s birthday cake at home. If you don’t have a lot of time, consider a boxed cake mix or ask a friend to pitch in. The more help you can recruit, the easier – and more enjoyable – the DIY birthday party crafts will become.

Be the Entertainment
If you can’t afford to hire a professional clown, don’t worry. You can skip the professional entertainment and don a costume yourself. You don’t have to be a born entertainer to pull it off, either. Check out your local party stores to find an appropriate low price costume. If you shop around, you can find one with a price that’ll be far cheaper than hiring a professional entertainer.

Plan Fun, Simple Games
Kids’ birthday parties thrive on two things: friends and activities. Failing to have enough distractions or backyard activities could turn your DIY party into a bust. Fortunately, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to keep the kids busy playing classic games like pin the tail on the donkey or musical chairs. You can even plan a scavenger hunt.

Have Fun
Above all, be enthusiastic, even silly. The fact is, as long as you make the experience enjoyable for them, your kids won’t care if you spent a small fortune on their birthday party or if you took the DIY approach. The most important part is to make sure there’s plenty of laughter. Fortunately, laughter is 100 percent free.

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