Children’s birthdays are always a milestone worthy of celebrating. Young children in particular love receiving the special attention, getting showered with presents, gobbling up birthday cake, and being surrounded by their friends and family. It’s easy to get caught up with trying to keep up with the neighbors or outdo yourself from the year before. However, it’s not how much you spend on the party the kids are going to remember. The memory they will hold close is about the time spent with you and the fun they had celebrating. Here are four creative birthday party ideas your child will love without having to spend a fortune.
Around the World
Consider taking your child and his friends on an adventure around the world without ever leaving your backyard. Do a little research and discover easy children’s games from around the world. Set them up at different stations they can “travel” to and learn a new game. Show them on a map where they are going and tell them the name of each country. Create passports for them and have a stamp for each “country” they visit. This can be a keepsake they can take home with them to remember the party. Prepare different sweets and snacks from around the world, as well, and use a baking bowl to make the cake. Put two halves together to make a whole sphere, decorate it like a globe, and top it with an airplane and a flight path. The kids will have a ball while learning about the world outside their country.
Remember the nostalgic game from your childhood? Bring it to life for an amazing, magical wonderland of a party. Use bright colors, giant oversized lollipops and other candy props for decorations. Use different sized glass or plastic containers to fill with a variety of candies, and use cake plates to add height when arranging others sweets such as cupcakes, macaroons, or brownies. Their eyes will go wide with wonderment at the mountains of candy. Make a brightly colored path to travel through the room, and use the old game board as inspiration for other decorations. Create a candy station where guests can make their own goody bag to take home with them. You can even have a station where they can create their own edible candy necklaces using string licorice and gummy lifesavers or sweetened cereal.
Teddy Bear Picnic
Every child has a favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal, so why not invite them to the party, as well? Have a backyard picnic set up for your guests and their bears to share their favorite picnic food. Play “pin the tail on the bear” and “going on a bear hunt.” Have bear relay races where the kids have to run on all fours, or see who has the loudest bear roar. Decorate cupcakes with teddy bear shaped cookies or gummy bears.
Ladybug Garden Party
Use your child’s thumbprint, red ink, and a black marker to create ladybugs on your homemade invitations to your garden party. Ahead of time, buy some inexpensive clay pots and paint them red with black polka dots, and purchase some pansies, marigolds, or other hearty flowers and some potting soil. Help the guests plant their own flowers to take home with them as a keepsake. Decorate the cake as a ladybug, or serve red and black polka dotted cupcakes.
No matter which party you plan, make sure child is the focus on his or her big day. They will feel special, know they are loved, and have a wonderful memory to last a lifetime.
Hilary Smith is a freelance journalist based out of Chicago. Born and raised in Austin, TX, Hilary attended St. Stephen's Episcopal School and Northwestern University's school of journalism. Upon graduation, she turned her love of technology into a freelance writing career. After becoming a mother, she began focusing on writing about family and parenting in the digital age.