Inexpensive Party Games for Kids

Inexpensive Party Games for Kids

It seems these days that the expense of throwing a child’s birthday party can get really out of hand. Theme and location parties are all the rage, but they also take a heavy hit on the wallet. Although kids certainly can enjoy these events, how about a shout out to some old fashioned inexpensive (or even free!) party fun? With a little planning, you can hold games for the kids that keep them engaged and leave your budget balanced.

1) Who Am I?

This is so simple, and yet can be such a riot. Think up names of famous people or characters that kids would recognize. I like to use cartoon characters, but any names they would recognize will do. Write these names on sheets of paper in large letters. Without letting the kids see the names, tape a sheet to the back of each child. The children are allowed to ask the other partygoers yes and no questions to figure out who they are. The first person who guesses their identity wins.

2) A Variation on Pin the Tail on the Donkey

It’s a fun game, but even store purchased pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey games are pricey. Instead, draw a figure of your choice on a large sheet of paper. Then, draw and cut out something you can use to “pin” on your figure. For example, you could draw a princess and cut out crowns to pin on her, or a train and cut out cabooses to pin to the end of the train. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination!

3) The Cotton Ball Game

This game requires two bowls, lots of cotton balls, a big spoon and a blindfold. Put all of the cotton balls in one bowl, with an empty bowl sitting next to the full bowl. Blindfold the first player and hand them a spoon. Have them try to move as many cotton balls from the first bowl to the second. Whoever can move the most cotton balls during their turn wins. Trust me, this one is much more challenging than it sounds!

4) Stuff the Union Suit

If someone you know has an old fashioned adult size union suit, or if you can purchase one inexpensively, this game is crazy fun! It works best if the union suit is much larger than your players. You’ll need to blow up multiple balloons—20 or so should work. Divide your group into two teams. The team will choose one person to wear the suit. You start a timer for 30 seconds or a minute, depending on the skill level of the children, and the children stuff as many balloons as they can into that suit until the buzzer goes off. Have the player wearing the suit remove the balloons as everyone counts them. Record the number of balloons and let the next team have a turn. Compare numbers of balloons to determine the winning team. The kids will want to play this one over and over!

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6 Money Saving Ways to Throw a Birthday Party For Your Child

Frugal Birthday Party Tips

As you plan your child’s birthday party, you are probably all too familiar with the increasing levels of enthusiasm and excitement that can easily cause you to go overboard and over budget. With some careful planning and a bit of frugality, you’ll be able to throw a celebration to remember without going broke. Here are some things you can try:

1) Plan ahead.

Start thinking about your child’s birthday party about three months ahead of time. This is plenty of time for you to keep an eye out for relevant coupons, sales, and other great bargains for party-related items.

2) Join forces.

One way to cut costs is by sharing the expenses with someone else from the start. See if any of your child’s friends or cousins celebrate their birthday within days or weeks of each other, and consider throwing a joint celebration for them. It’s best to choose a friend within the same circle of friends so you can keep the guests to a minimum.

3) Time it right.

The best time to throw a party on a budget is between the main meals of lunch and dinner. By having your child’s party in the afternoon, you will only need to provide snacks and dessert items instead of heavier dishes.

4) Do it yourself.

A little creativity can go a long way. See what party-related tasks you can do on your own. Maybe you and your child can create the invitations instead of having them printed elsewhere. Get crafty and make your decorations. You could also forego those expensive store bought birthday cakes and bake your own!

5) Shop at discount stores.

Don’t underestimate the great party items you can get at discount stores. You can find decorations, favors, and even serving dishes at amazing prices. Try to search for things you can reuse for future parties and occasions.

6) Go generic.

Remember that products with licensed characters on them are often more expensive compared to the more generic characters. If your child has her heart set on a Barbie-themed party, compromise by purchasing one item with Barbie on it (such as the plates or the piñata), and purchase plain pink napkins, cups, and other party-related items.

Remember that throwing a birthday party for your child should be fun and not a burden. Always keep things in perspective and keep within budget!

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