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  1. 1. How to plan a birthday party on a budget
  2. 2. How to get started <ul><li>Decide what you can afford to spend on the party. Stick to it. </li></ul><ul><li>Pick out a theme for your boy or girl party. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Things you will need: Games Invitations Food Cake Goodie bags Drinks
  4. 4. Location <ul><li>of kids----they’re free, and there’s plenty oick an inexpensive location. </li></ul><ul><li>Parks and backyards are perfect for large groups room to have fun. </li></ul>Location Parks and backyards are perfect for large groups of kids Lots of room for children to play
  5. 5. Games <ul><li>Decide what games, if any, you’ll invite kids to play. Bring out the old favorites, like pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, duck-duck-goose, red light/green light, musical chairs, and Simon says. </li></ul>
  6. 6. List of games <ul><li>Bean Bag Toss </li></ul><ul><li>Relay Races </li></ul><ul><li>Make an obstacle course </li></ul><ul><li>Hot potato </li></ul><ul><li>Balloon stomp game </li></ul><ul><li>Spoon and egg race </li></ul><ul><li>Scavenger hunt </li></ul>
  7. 7. Make a Pinata <ul><li>If you have time. While store bought pinatas can be expensive, making one yourself doesn’t cost much, as long as you fill with inexpensive treats. Plus, it’s a fun activity for you and the kids to do together in advance. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Here is a website on how to make your own pinata http://www.ehow.com/how_2032262_make-pinata.html
  9. 9. Food <ul><li>Decide what food you will serve. Try to make the most of the food yourself, including the cake. Enlist the aid of the guest of honor, as well as siblings. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Premade Food <ul><li>Purchase any premade food in bulk, and remember kids are usually happy with inexpensive foods like hot dogs and pasta salad. Have plenty of snacks-such as goldfish crackers and pretzels on hand, too. For vegetables, go for baby carrots and celery sticks. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Cake <ul><li>You can make your own or even make cupcakes, or pre-order through a bakery. </li></ul><ul><li>Decorate with the theme of your party. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure have a flavor everyone will enjoy. </li></ul>
  12. 12. How to make your birthday cake <ul><li>Ingredients: </li></ul>1 (18.25-ounce) box chocolate cake mix 1/3 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 2 1/2 teaspoons almond extract , divided 1/2 cup white cranberry juice Directions 2 old fashioned glass soda bottles, 1 cola, 1 lemon - lime Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray 2 (8-inch round baking pans with baking spray; set aside. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, oil, eggs , 1 1/2 teaspoons extract and white cranberry juice. Use an electric mixer to beat cake batter on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl and beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Divide batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven for 32 1 (16-ounce) can white frosting or 1 (16-ounce) can chocolate frosting 35 minutes, or until tester comes away clean. Let cakes cool completely. Use a cookie cutter or water glass to cut out a circle to fit the soda bottle - it will nest into cake. Add remaining 1 teaspoon extract to frosting and stir thoroughly. Frost entire cake. Sprinkle with colorful jimmies. Insert soda bottle into hole and serve.
  13. 13. Drinks <ul><li>Serve juice, punch, or soda from individual containers instead of large bottles because kids tend to spill things and will be easy clean up. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Make out your guest list <ul><li>If the party is during the school year, invite your friends from school. </li></ul><ul><li>If you attend church, invite church friends. </li></ul><ul><li>Also include family members. </li></ul><ul><li>Also include neighbors. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Invitations <ul><li>Write and give out invitations. </li></ul><ul><li>Handwritten or computer-generate </li></ul><ul><li>invitations work well and add a </li></ul><ul><li>personal touch to the party. </li></ul><ul><li>If you like, you can even give </li></ul><ul><li>them out by hand and save a </li></ul><ul><li>few dollars on stamps . </li></ul>
  16. 16. Examples of Invitations <ul><li>You can find computer paper with different designs on them to make your own. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Decorations <ul><li>Buy decorations, game prizes, paper goods and candy from close-out or discount stores. Or ask friends if they have any paper goods left over from parties they have thrown </li></ul>
  18. 18. What kind of decorations you need <ul><li>Balloons </li></ul>Streamers Party Hats Candles Plates Balloons Table centerpieces
  19. 19. Extra Tips <ul><li>Try incorporating some items you already have on hand as part of the decorations. For example, if your child is a fan of trains, set up her toy train set around the perimeter of one of the tables </li></ul>
  20. 20. Goodie Bags <ul><li>Use paper lunch bags as goodie bags. As </li></ul><ul><li>a fun activity, have the guests decorate </li></ul><ul><li>them at the party. Fill them with candy </li></ul><ul><li>bought in bulk, and think about buying some </li></ul><ul><li>low-cost gifts in quantity as well - stickers, </li></ul><ul><li>inexpensive yo-yos, and so forth . </li></ul>