These days, most families prefer having birthday parties outside of their homes. No mess, no stress, and someone else hosts the event for you. That’s all well and good if you have the money, but if your budget doesn’t permit an off-site party, you might need to rethink the basics and host your own old-school birthday party at home. Never fear, it can be done!
If you’re not afraid to get a little messy, consider an art-themed party! Sites like Pinterest offer tons of inexpensive, creative ideas, from DIY sand art to homemade spin-art. Having guests create their own art also eliminates the need for goodie bags, since everyone gets to bring home what they make!
Most kids love the outdoors. If weather permits, try planning your son’s party at a park, beach or lake. Many public locations like this do not charge fees, or have a first come, first served policy on their picnic areas or tables. You can bring food from home, offer a scavenger hunt for the kids or have them play to their hearts’ content.
Gathering supplies to make recycled robots is super easy and costs nothing. Pull out everything you can find from your recycle bin. Clean and wash all lids, jars, bottles, etc. and set up tables for kids to create recycled robots. Attach them with hot glue guns or wire for unique party souvenirs.
When All Else Fails
I once had a student tell me that his dad had given him a choice: he could either have a party or pick out one large, pricey Lego set instead. This little boy gladly chose a giant Star Wars Lego set in lieu of a party, and saved his dad a lot of money (and stress!).