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Birthday Party Day

July 19th, 2010 at 06:57 am

I know, we are weird...we are having a birthday party on a Monday! My youngest turned 10 recently. We are taking three of her friends to an arcade pizza place this afternoon for lunch and fun.

We did the same type of party for my older daughter. The pizza chain had much better coupons then. Today I think I will spend nearly $90. This includes lunch and dessert for seven of us and game cards for 5.

I did home parties when the girls were younger...they were quite a bit of work, but a little less expensive. This year, to eliminate stress on my part, but have a nice party we choose the arcade for the parties. It is well worth the money to me and I have the money to do this. If it was any burden at all, I would skip a party all together or keep it very simple at home.

What are your favorite at home child's party themes and activities? I will need ideas for next year!

6 Responses to “Birthday Party Day”

  1. Yael Diamond Says:

    Thanks for the post - I always thought that eating out for birthdays would work out a lot more expensive and I did some research adn we are now taking our 7 year old and 6 friends for lunch for pizza because it does work out cheaper than having a party. Thanks again

  2. MomEsq Says:

    I'm in the middle of birthday party planning for my oldest (who is 5). I HATE party planning. This year we're having a barbeque, followed by an outdoor movie (white sheet tacked to the house and a borrowed projector) with popcorn and lightsticks. I did the invites on the computer and printed them myself. The people across the street said they'd be happy to let us borrow their bouncy house thingy. I think we'll spend about $80.00 on food (including the cake - I'm not making it this year), lightsticks and bugspray. I haven't done an evening party, so I might regret this, but I have my fingers crossed!

  3. Homebody Says:

    The local indoor pool was always good for parties. We do not have outdoor pools here and kids do not have access to swimming like other parts of the country, so that was always a big hit.

    Another was at home with those big blow up jumping things. Did that a few times for the youngest and then her daughter last year for her 1st birthday.

    And then of course as they were older, slumber parties, yuck! 12 girls who don't sleep? Thank goodness those days are over!

  4. Looking Forward Says:

    My DD is turning nine and her party is Saturday. Pool party followed by a slumber party. Homebody - I hear you - a bunch of girls staying up all night - yay...

    We had HUGE home parties for her bdays 1-6.
    I really enjoy planning parties, but I can go overboard with the details.

  5. LittleGopher Says:

    We did homemade themed parties (done very cheaply) when the girls were little, then we moved onto the school pool open swim/pizza/sleepover for the older elementary/middle school years, and now we're at the bonfire/bbq/sometimes sleepover (only the girls!) for their teen years.

    Usually the sleepovers were for up to six guests as our accommodations weren't/aren't spacious, and, depending on the weather and group of girls, were in our living room, a tent in the backyard, or more recently in our tent trailer in the driveway. Three of the girls have birthdays within a six-week span (aka 'birthday season' at our house) right in the midst of the end of the school year, and at times it was crazy, but very fun and worth it nonetheless.

    If we had less kids and/or more money, I'd be right there with you having the parties elsewhere and NOT at my house :-)

    Our latest for my youngest was on a Thursday, so if you're weird, we're weird too! Hope the party was fun - and now you're through with your birthday season until next year!

  6. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I'd love to be taken to an arcade and given $20 just to play and play and play ... Skiball! That is THE ultimate game. Smile
    As far as fun/easy places for children's parties - I think a pool party is pretty good (as long as you have enough adult help to go with the amount of kids).

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