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  • 1. How to plan a birthday party on a budget
  • 2. How to get started
    • Decide what you can afford to spend on the party. Stick to it.
    • Pick out a theme for your boy or girl party.
  • 3. Things you will need: Games Invitations Food Cake Goodie bags Drinks
  • 4. Location
    • of kids----they’re free, and there’s plenty oick an inexpensive location.
    • Parks and backyards are perfect for large groups room to have fun.
    Location Parks and backyards are perfect for large groups of kids Lots of room for children to play
  • 5. Games
    • 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.
  • 6. List of games
    • Bean Bag Toss
    • Relay Races
    • Make an obstacle course
    • Hot potato
    • Balloon stomp game
    • Spoon and egg race
    • Scavenger hunt
  • 7. Make a Pinata
    • 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.
  • 8. Here is a website on how to make your own pinata http://www.ehow.com/how_2032262_make-pinata.html
  • 9. Food
    • 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.
  • 10. Premade Food
    • 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.
  • 11. Cake
    • You can make your own or even make cupcakes, or pre-order through a bakery.
    • Decorate with the theme of your party.
    • Make sure have a flavor everyone will enjoy.
  • 12. How to make your birthday cake
    • Ingredients:
    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. Drinks
    • Serve juice, punch, or soda from individual containers instead of large bottles because kids tend to spill things and will be easy clean up.
  • 14. Make out your guest list
    • If the party is during the school year, invite your friends from school.
    • If you attend church, invite church friends.
    • Also include family members.
    • Also include neighbors.
  • 15. Invitations
    • Write and give out invitations.
    • Handwritten or computer-generate
    • invitations work well and add a
    • personal touch to the party.
    • If you like, you can even give
    • them out by hand and save a
    • few dollars on stamps .
  • 16. Examples of Invitations
    • You can find computer paper with different designs on them to make your own.
  • 17. Decorations
    • 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
  • 18. What kind of decorations you need
    • Balloons
    Streamers Party Hats Candles Plates Balloons Table centerpieces
  • 19. Extra Tips
    • 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
  • 20. Goodie Bags
    • Use paper lunch bags as goodie bags. As
    • a fun activity, have the guests decorate
    • them at the party. Fill them with candy
    • bought in bulk, and think about buying some
    • low-cost gifts in quantity as well - stickers,
    • inexpensive yo-yos, and so forth .