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simple b-day idea

my childs b-day is next week and we are flat broke right now. i have one present for him, and that's just fine. but how can we celebrate on a very very tight budget? chucky cheese and mcdonalds are out of the question. i'm not even sure if i'll have enough money to buy cake mix and frosting. help. any ideas on how to make it a special day for him without a party? thanks and please don't insult me. we had some unexpected financial issues this past month.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:06 AM on Mar. 10, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • You can make a cake from scratch! All you need is flour, eggs,milk, baking powder, sugar, etc..... Go look in a cook book and get your childs favorite cake recipe and frosting... Almost all the ingredients should already be in your fridge and cabinets. RED BOX is a wonderful way to watch movies wihout spending to much.... Movies are only one dollar. I hope this helped!!
    Danigirl97

    Answer by Danigirl97 at 10:13 AM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • cake from scratch, homemade pizza and sinple party games. My oldest was never big on parties. So she was allowed to have two friends spend the night and rent a movie. Today neither one ever wants a big party so I usually give them a choice pizza (we have one by our house that sells 5 dollar large pizzas) or their favorite meal cooked. Cake and ice cream and if the weather is nice the middle child likes to take his friends to the park.
    pagirl71

    Answer by pagirl71 at 10:19 AM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • well make decorations with stuff you have around the house. make it a day about what he wants to do, make a list of stuff that is free (park, playdate, playing favorite games) and let him choose whatever he wants to do... walmart did have cake mix on sale for under one dollar if that helps with the cake... if i couldnt afford that i would call a local bakery or giant eagle (grocery with a bakery) and tell them with the economics that i cant afford a b-day cake for my child and ask if they would donate a cupcake to my fam so he could have somethign... remember it will just make all the other b-days seem better!
    AmaliaD

    Answer by AmaliaD at 10:19 AM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • Make his/her favorite supper, even if it's just spaghettios... Not sure where you are but our Zoo is free, you only pay for parking, try something like that for a birthday out... If he/she is school age maybe let them have a sleep over and like the pp said rent a movie for them and let them stay up late... Get a cheapy bag of balloons and blow them up and fill his/her room with them for a funny surprise.. I hang them all over the house on our boys birthdays the night before and make a big poster, saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY______!!!! Hope this helps some...
    4x4mum

    Answer by 4x4mum at 10:22 AM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • Homemade decorations work just fine. Do a safari hunt by hiding your children's stuffed animals all over the house (or outside if it's nice), have the child/ren hold up their hands like their looking through binoculars to spot the animals. Take a paper bag, fill it with household items, have the children stick their hands in and try to guess what's in there. Put some cotton balls on the floor all spread out, get out a mixing bowl and wooden spoon or spatula, blindfold a player and have them try to scoop the cotton balls into the bowl without being able to see, whoever gets the most wins and it's really fun to watch. Make your own pin the tail on the whatever....use a paper grocery bag and crayons. Fill a jar with cereal or something and take guesses on how many items are in there.
    MommyAddie

    Answer by MommyAddie at 11:11 AM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • What about "It's all about me day" . Kids love attention on themselves. print off from your computer (or handwrite) little signs and post all over the house. Johnnie's favorite color, Johnnie's favorite movie, Johnnie's best friend, Johnnie's eye color. You could make all kinds of questions about your son/daughter. Tape them up all over the house. You could have your son/daughter go throughout the house and write the answer....or make it into a game and do a race and have other family members run around and fill them out....whoever collects the most and has completed it correctly wins! Collect all the papers and make a book. Then continue the day with his favorite food, favorite movie (other family members watch it with him/her), play his/her favorite game (all family members participate). It's a simple way to spend NO MONEY and focus entirely on your child.
    momjs

    Answer by momjs at 11:30 AM on Mar. 10, 2009

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