Cost Effective Party Ideas for Kids

By Joy Ribbon

Every parent wants to make sure their child has the best birthday party each and every year. However, given the current economic downturn most parents don't have the available money to fund a high priced party. Even with a small budget there are a variety of party ideas that can deliver on the promise of the "best party ever" without breaking the bank.

For those in coastal communities the beach is one of the last great free or semi-free party venues left. With most beaches open to the public except for parking fees, which typically don't exceed ten dollars, costs for this type of party location will definitely not eat up the budget. Providing an all day venue, beaches offer facilities for a variety of activities including sports and crafts projects. With some beaches even providing campfire pits and barbeque facilities, the party can easily transition into an all night cookout under the stars. No matter the type of beach party, this venue offers parents the abilities to design a great celebration with little cost.

Sleepovers have long been a staple of birthday celebrations and continue to provide parents with another cost effective type of party. With cable companies continuously improving their pay per view movie systems, providing a variety of new releases and classic feature films, parents can easily upgrade the classic sleepover into a movie marathon event or genre film party. Naturally it will be important to consult the parents of all attending guests regarding which movies will be shown prior to unveiling the evening's lineup. Once again, given the venue is basically free of charge, this type of party can be a cost effective way to provide a memorable and fun celebration.

Camping can be another memorable and fun party idea for both young and old children, that won't break the bank. For those more junior outdoorsman, the backyard can easily double for the rugged wilderness without venturing into unsafe terrain. A campout in the woods will also appeal to older children, providing them with a great opportunity to celebrate their birthday with friends while also exploring the outdoors.

Carnival games continue to transcend age as a great party theme for children of all ages. Requiring nothing more than a patch of grass and some prize ribbons, any birthday can easily become the ultimate carnival/ picnic game extravaganza. Once again, the elimination the high cost of renting a location will help keep this party budget friendly.

Even in tougher economic times, parents still want to deliver on their promises to give their children fun and creative birthday celebration. By thinking outside the box, this can be both possible and affordable.

'Birthdays' are an important day for the birthday person. Sometimes it is more than just a birthday because it turns into a huge family gathering and everyone is having a great time.

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