Birthday Parties On A Single Mom Budget

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by Denise on December 15, 2010 · 8 comments

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Birthday parties! Kids get so excited about a party just for them, they start planning and begging and dreaming long before the birthday month gets there. By the time their big day is almost over, they are already talking about the next birthday party and what cool things it might entail. It’s impossible not to be swept up into the magic of it all.

But getting caught up in that magic is exactly what leads parents to spend an enormous amount of money on all the birthday party trimmings for their children. Avoid that temptation, especially if you are a single mom on a tight budget. Instead of inflatable castles and pony rides, pony up something that your child will remember forever – a special day filled with so many good things that don’t cost a single dime.

  • Free day at the pool. If your child’s birthday falls in the summertime, look for free days at the local pool. Take your child and several other children there to play. Pack sack lunches for everyone, and include a cupcake for the birthday baby.
  • Scavenger hunt in the park! Ask the children to play scavenger and find a list of natural items, such as certain rocks, feathers, leaves, and the like. Whoever wins the hunt gets a homemade prize!
  • Bonfire on the beach. Go digging for crabs, and then have a bonfire on the beach with your kid and their friends. Be sure to bring the things you need to have an old-fashioned crab boil! Then sit back and look at the vivid stars.
  • Kitchen party. Ask your guests to bring one ingredient for the cake you will create, and then help the children put it all together. The good conversation and laughter will be memorable, and the cake will be made with plenty of love from everyone who came to the party.
  • A community service party. If your kids are a bit older and understand the thrill of giving to others, celebrate by getting a group of their friends together and helping out at the shelter or neighborhood community center. Make it something the kids will always remember, and when you get home, bake their favorite dinner and of course, dessert with a candle.
  • Movie night. Get friends together with their sleeping bags and homemade popcorn. Check out free movies from the library, set up the “camp-out” in front of the television, and make it a marathon.
  • Ghost stories campfire. If you have the equipment to wander the woods, go camping! Take a few friends, be sure to pack the candles and lantern, and tell ghost stories around the campfire while you cook dinner over the flames. Talk about a birthday adventure your kids will never forget!

About Denise

As a mom to three girls Denise knows the difficulties of being a single parent. Denise has been working to help single moms across the country since 2007. In her free time Denise enjoys camping, riding four wheelers and just spending time with her family.

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Angie December 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I love the idea of a bonefire on the beach. It is a great activity to do and there is a lot that the children can do. It will not cost a lot either. A few packages of hot dogs and some buns, and maybe some sliced apples or carrot sticks and you are good to go. They can dig in the sand or they may swim if there is water and just enjoy the fire.


Savannah February 17, 2011 at 10:48 am

Camping is great, cheap activity to do as well once you have all the supplies!


Corallie March 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm

It’s so nice to do that kitchen party. My kid and I love baking cakes and pastries. Her friends sometimes join us. They love doing it. They learn baking and at the same time spends a quality time together not just with each other but also with me. They share things about me. You should try it with your kids too.


Miah March 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm

All this kinds of parties are really great and nice for our kids. These suggestions just give me an idea on the party that I am thinking for the incoming birthday of my 15 year old daughter. I guess I will try organizing one type of this party.


Claree March 17, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I like the hit of this kitchen party. I think it would be great for me to try this to my kids. I would love to teach them baking and cooking. I think it would be fun. Thanks for the idea!


Savannah March 22, 2011 at 8:55 am

Even if the kids aren’t that interested in baking, they always are in the decorating part. I usually find that putting on things like frosting and sprinkles is the best part for the kids!


Hilary March 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm

This reminds me of my son’s birthday celebration last year. We have done it as a bonfire party. And oh it so great and fun! Lots of memories have shared and cherished. We have spent a great time together with his friends. And my son has loved it very much. And for next year’s celebration, I would try other kinds of parties. Thanks for this wonderful ideas that you have come up with!


Savannah March 22, 2011 at 8:57 am

I’m glad they work so well!


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