Try to Keep it at Home to Avoid Rental Fees
o Try a slumber party--indoor fort or outdoor tents
o Movies--outdoors on garage or screen, or indoors
o Craft party--pick one or two fun crafts for the kids to allow them to take home in lieu of party favors
o Create a fun scavenger hunt indoors or outdoors or combo of both
o Have a pampered party--nails, hair, mud masks
o Play board games you already have or have kids bring their favorite game to play
o Have a teddy bear and tea party
o Have a lego party and build a city
o Have a story book party and have children come dressed as their favorite character. They can even tell the story or read the book associated with it.
o Have a home dance party
DIY the Decorations
o Make your own themed decorations
o Use solid color plates and napkins that match the scheme instead of patterns
o Buy table clothes and balloons from a dollar store
o Use what you have at home instead of buying new
o See if family or friends have decorations you can borrow
o Play music from TV, Ipod, home playlist
Make as much food as possible yourself. Kids are simple and tend to like simple food choices presented in a unique way.
o Fruit kabobs (bite sizes pieces of fruit on a wooded skewer)
o Use cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into fun shapes
o Make deviled eggs and use a tooth pick to wedge a piece of cheese to look like a sailboat
o Make cupcakes or a homemade cake. If you don’t have baking talents consider using your local grocery store instead of a specialty store. Consider substituting cake with donuts, pie, or ice cream.
Share with us some of your ideas or a favorite party you attended!