Birthdays are a special day for kids, even adults. But to kids, a birthday is as exciting as Christmas. The question is, does a birthday always require a party? No, in fact my family has found other ways to celebrate a birthday without a party.
Don’t get me wrong, I love throwing birthday parties. Especially ones with a fun theme. But they can get expensive. There’s food, decorations, invitations, favors, music, rentals, the list goes on.
Even though you can have a party on a budget, you can also definitely create a memorable birthday without all the party fuss. Here’s how we do it.
Fill The Room With Balloons
Just picture going to bed in your room as normal & waking up to a celebration with balloons everywhere!
It’s as simple as it seems. I generally blow up at least 50 balloons but I’ve also gone as far as 120. It sounds like a lot but it’s truly not. I like to truly fill the room, the less floor that you can see the better.
The balloons tend to last for days & everyone tends to get into the fun of playing with the balloons. There are so many ways to play with them. Jump in them, play tennis with balloons, make faces on them, or try to keep the balloons from hitting the floor.
This one is for the food lovers. The birthday person has control over meal planning for breakfast, lunch, & dinner for the day. You can set guidelines for the meals but try not to limit their options. Their birthday is only once a year. We have 2 rules in our house for this one. The 1st is that only 1 meal can be at a restaurant. The 2nd is the meals can not repeat. Meaning we can’t have pancakes for all 3 meals.
Make the birthday person feel special with a outfit of their choice. The outfit doesn’t have to say birthday on it. It could be a costume or a new outfit that they picked out. This year my daughter wanted to be Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony. So we found a shirt, then together we made a tutu & custom Pinkie Pie shoes. Her excitement over being able to finally wear the outfit was beyond anything we expected.
This year for my son’s birthday, I’ve made him Mickey Mouse ears. I can’t wait to see his face when he sees them!
Create A Countdown
About a month away from the birthday, mark it on a calendar. It could be a calendar that’s already posted in the house or a special birthday one. Mark off each day leading up to the birthday. Here’s the key, be sure to hype up the day! Make them as excited as possible for their day.
Get out & do something fun. D some research ahead of time so that when the birthday comes you have options for what to do. Try to go somewhere you don’t normally go. Here’s some ideas on things to look for:
- Local events
- Carnivals or festivals
- Laser tag
- Obstacle Course
- Indoor trampoline
- Kid’s museum
Decorate A Mirror
Cover a bedroom or bathroom mirror in decorations. Get creative. Use streamers, balloons, stickers, post it notes, tissue paper flowers, even small figurines. You can even use dry erase markers or lipstick to write happy birthday messages.
Pancake or Waffle Cake
Make breakfast a celebration too. Turn basic waffles or pancakes into a birthday cake. You can make it festive by adding just about anything. The hit in our house is a combo of sprinkles, whipped cream, figurines, & of course a candle.
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