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Birthday for 6yr old boy. What do you expect?

We are teeter tottering on whether or not we will throw a b-day for our 5 yr old son. Honestly we are on a tight budget at the moment. If we had one we would just do a cake and maybe a pin-the-tail type game and if it's hot enough provide water guns. I originally wanted a bouncer and all that good stuff but that's out of the budget. So would you think a basic party where all the kids simply play out back but nothing is really organized would be too cruddy? Is it best just not to have a party? I'm really torn.


Asked by Anonymous at 3:11 PM on Apr. 4, 2010 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • My son's fav parties we did 3 years in a row, water guns, water ballons, a kiddie pool, and maybe a slip and slide.
    Cheap and fun!

    Answer by mommymeg03 at 4:06 PM on Apr. 4, 2010

  • You can't not have a party! this is a true celebration day! even if it's a homemade cake and some bubbles and thought up games- it is the thought that counts. It's not about how much money you can spend that makes the day so special.

    Answer by john2007 at 3:33 PM on Apr. 4, 2010

  • Oh good grief. Regaring the comment made by John 2007 You don't NEED to have a party, but OP since it seems like you REALLY want to have one, then yes, the kids will still have a good time. A homemade cake or two is pretty inexpensive. Maybe have ice cream sundae making as a cheap activitiy (buy 2 or 3 different flavors, a few sprinkles and a syrup or two, and whipped cream and banana slices). There are all kinds of games you can have them play that don't require extra equipment (i.e. more $ spent) or you can just let them play freely. Heck, just leave balloons loosely laying around and they'll drive you nuts with those. He's 6 (or will be) - he'll probably just love having fun with his friends.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:41 PM on Apr. 4, 2010

  • Yes....keep it simple.  Much easier on you, your budget and your child won't know the difference.   You can see some free party game ideas on this page


    Answer by momjs at 7:49 PM on Apr. 4, 2010

  • Kids know (or SHOULD KNOW!) how to entertain themselves.. Invite friends/family over & enjoy the day together.. Its not about how fancy a party can be or how much money you have to spend on it.. Its about celebrating your child! :)

    Answer by MommaTasha1003 at 8:26 PM on Apr. 4, 2010

  • That's the best kind IMO. We did that for my son's party, cost probably less than $50 including a buffet with juice boxes and sodas for the adults, and the kids just played outside for a couple of hours with his outdoor toys and some bubbles. He's been a few parties at organized places and they're basically never as fun as the backyard ones. We went to Chuck E Cheese for one and none of the parents got to relax and there were tons of other kids there. We've been to a couple at indoor playgrounds and such where the kids play for an hour and then you get 30 minutes in the party room which is barely enough time for cake let alone opening gifts then the kids get mad that they can't go back in the play area again. We were just at one where the kids got maybe 30 minutes in the play area then the workers herded them in to the party room and locked the door to the play area. They all had a slice of cake and then left. Over $300.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:53 PM on Apr. 5, 2010