Child's Birthday Party On a Budget

I am under great financial pressure and I promised my daughter a skating party, that I can't afford to do. I live in Michigan on a wet and muddy farm, in a small house. I'm looking for cheap but nice party ideas for 8 year old girls. I'm thinking of 4 of her friends, my daughter and my son (who is one year younger).


I had a bookworm party for her two years ago but I can't think what to do that could be done with things in my home that would interest 8 year old girls. I don't have any money to spend on it, maybe $20.00 and I could make the cake. Out of the $20.00 I would have to buy ice cream but I don't think that is a necessity. I'm not sure if these girls' parents would come either, so I'm looking for ideas for food, games, and favors. Thanks for any suggestions.

Margaret from Leonard, Michigan

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By (Guest Post)
March 19, 20080 found this helpful

Most kids are happy just being able to play with their friend. Just make a cake and maybe some punch and let the kids have fun.


That is pretty much how all the parties when I was young were and I always had a nice time.
Kids have great imaginations and can create their own fun.

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By Dawn (Guest Post)
March 19, 20080 found this helpful

How about a "Style Makeover" Party? Recruit another mom to help. Gather curling irons, hair accessories, makeup, nail polish etc. The girls can give each other facials, manicures & pedicures. Then you & the other mom can style each girls hair. Take "before" and "after" photos. When the girls are finished stage a mock fashion show with your son as the announcer. (you could even hair gel his hair into a funky style!) Food: pizza Favors: mini nail polish sets (cheap at wal-mart,dollar store or drug store)

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March 19, 20080 found this helpful

Our library loans DVDs--chances are yours does, too. You could have a movie night/sleepover. Start it around 7:00, and the girls will likely come having had supper already. Pop some corn and offer various "toppings": cinnamon sugar, parmesan cheese, ranch dressing powder, or the like.


After the movie, try some makeovers.

For favors? If you sew, you could make plain pillowcases, and let the girls color them with permanent markers. (You might even find them inexpensively at a discount store.)

Breakfast: pancakes are inexpensive and popular!

If you have a digital camera, you could email photos to the girls' homes for favors, too!

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March 20, 20080 found this helpful

Bless you, your daughter is very lucky to have a mom like you! One idea for the kids would be for you to make smaller/individual cakes instead of one big cake and let them decorate their own. My neices and nephews love to do this with me. We also like to do our own pizzas on either bread, bagels or biscuits (the toppings go farther this way).


Getting movies from the library is always a big success. You can also make up your own games, like your own version of pictionary. Guess whats in the bag? If the weather is nice Hide and Go Seek is still a favorite.
I really hope you come up with some good ideas off all our suggestions, but most of all I hope you ALL have a special and wonderful day. God Bless you and your family!

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By Jennifer (Guest Post)
March 21, 20080 found this helpful

I had the same problem this year. My daughter turned 8 and we live in a small house in the country. I baked a cake, you can get a box mix and icing for minimal cost and it will feed all of your guests! You could even let your daughter help decorate the cake if you choose to do that. Let her friends come over in the evening and they could have a sleepover as well. That is fabulous fun for a child that age and something they would always remember. Hope this helps!

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By NanPeg (Guest Post)
March 21, 20080 found this helpful

If you don't have a sleepover, then plan 90 minutes max for the party. Great idea to have only 4 or 5 guests! My daughter loves to play Twister with her friends, watch Hannah Montana-type shows. I think the idea about decorating individual cakes is awesome. They would love that. You could also do large cookies instead of cakes; just use the choc. chip dough from the store. Nestle Toll House sells a tub of it for about $5; the time you save is a bargain. Trinkets and stuff for treat bags are a waste of money. Time together and fun memories are all that matter. Good luck!

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By rae (Guest Post)
March 26, 20080 found this helpful

Yep, I agree with the others. Last year my 9 year old daughter hired several disney movies from the video store, I went onto the net and printed out some pictures and word puzzles etc that I found. I made them into a booklet and gave them the textas to colour in. I bought some english muffins and split them in half and let get kid make her own pizza - I put all the toppings into bowls.


We also had a mini olynpics where the kids were in pairs and we had games like boggle, putting on dress ups etc. I make muffins and one large vanilla cake. I also did pop corn and had some lollies. there were 8 kids plus 2 of my own. I asked one of the other mums to help me. I put on tea and coffee for the adults (2 stayed). I didn't worry about lolly bags except I gave each child a novilty pen

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By (Guest Post)
April 16, 20080 found this helpful

We are on a budget and we dont' know what to do for a 13 year old slumber party, so we need some help with that and all so how to have the best slumber party. We have $50 for food and games together and we live in a small town so there's not much stuff at the shops.

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By b.d (Guest Post)
December 31, 20080 found this helpful

I know you don't want to upset your daughter because you promised her a skating party. For invitations just call them, or make some out of construction paper and markers, and put some stickers on them; or make them on the computer. Since it is muddy and wet, have an indoor party. Musical chairs except everyone skates to their place. Watch skating movies, skate under the limbo.


Pin the skates on the skater. Let them skate with their socks on the floor. Stuff like that.

For food, box cake mix and frosting is like 2.00 all together. Just use cheaper brands, candles, streamers and balloons Small packets of koolaid to make some drinks, and cut up some small hot dogs and wrap it in biscuit dough and bake. That should make it pretty cheap .

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By Leslie F. (Guest Post)
January 26, 20090 found this helpful

I have a niece that just turned 9, and one thing we really like to do when she spends the weekend with me is to make our own individual pizzas on English muffins. All you need are the English muffins, some spaghetti sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Let the kids make their own pizzas, and pop them in the oven for about 15 min. until the cheese is melted.

They are quick, easy, and cheap to make. As for the cake, instead of making a sheet cake make cupcakes, and let the kids frost them and decorate them themselves. That will keep them entertained and give you one less thing to do. For toppings for the cupcakes, just go to your local market and get some inexpensive little bags of candy, like gummy bears or M & M's. Good luck, I hope you and your daughter have fun.

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