A child’s birthday is a special occasion that the whole family anticipates. And, yes, it calls for a celebration!
When a child’s birthday begins to draw near, there’s no limit to how far parents can go to celebrate. Most parents are willing to plan the biggest party in the neighborhood. But while birthday parties are great for some families and exciting for some kids, they’re just not the perfect idea of a fun birthday for other kids and families. If you fall into the latter category and need help discovering what to do for your kid’s upcoming birthday instead of having a party, you’re in luck.
In this article, I’ll share with you some fun kids’ birthday party ideas (alternatives) you can try at home. And just in case you’re wondering why someone would choose not to throw a party for their child’s birthday, keep reading to find out.
Why You Don’t Need to Throw a Party for Every Birthday
It’s fun to throw a big birthday party once in a while, but it does not have to be every year. Throwing a birthday party can lead to extravagant spending and cause a severe drain on the bank account of parents.
A recent survey found that parents in the U.S. spend an average of $51 to $100 for their child’s birthday party. Around 26% of parents told BabyCenter.com they spent more than $500 on their child’s first birthday party, while another survey by Asda reported the average UK parent spends a whopping $28,000 on a child’s birthdays through age 21. “That’s enough to cover 45 percent of your child’s first year at a private college, and much more when you factor in investment growth,” says Atlanta-based financial planner Niv Persaud.
The bill is high even when children are too young to remember the event and appreciate your efforts. And money is not the only thing that adds up; planning a birthday party is also time-consuming and stressful.
You can still make your child’s birthday a memorable celebration without throwing a party. Just keep it simple!
Try These Fun kids Birthday Party Ideas at Home
Even at the best of times, selecting fun and unique kids birthday party themes can be challenging. Getting innovative with kids birthday party ideas at home can be even more daunting. But you don’t need to fret; we have you covered. Here are some fun kids birthday party ideas you can try at home:
Countdown to the Big Day
A birthday countdown is a great way to give your kiddo a little extra attention and a fun way to build up excitement for their special day. You can use a countdown clock or chalkboard, get creative with unique cardboard designs, or just use a regular calendar to tick away until the big day.
Make The Last Age Count!
Another entertaining way to give your child a sense of exclusivity and create excitement for the big day is by inviting your kid’s friends for a sleepover and holding a celebratory dinner the night before. You can spice it up with a birthday interview or their birth story and have the family and friends join in to share fun memories of the kid of the moment.
Set up some Clandestine Birthday Decorations
Now it’s the big day, and it’s time to get in the party spirit. While your kid is asleep, deck out their room with a birthday banner, balloons, streamers, and signs. If you’re scared of rousing your kid, you can prepare a balloon avalanche to fall on them when they wake up or simply place a bouquet of balloons outside the room for them to find instead.
Make a Special Birthday Breakfast
Have the kids join you in making a semi-homemade sweet treat for breakfast. It could be pancakes, doughnuts, pizza, a signature drink or ice cream, waffle cakes, or an actual cake. Let the kids choose the icing, flavors, fillings, and decorations. It will be a splendid way to start the day.
Go on a Birthday Present Scavenger Hunt
Another fantastic idea is making your kid go on a mini adventure to discover their elusive birthday present. You can kick off the hunt at the birthday breakfast by giving your child the first hint and asking them to solve amusing puzzles or respond to questions to find their presents.
Plan a Home Spa Day
If it’s your daughter’s birthday, she will enjoy having a spa day with you. Plan a spa day at your house where you can treat each other to facials, pedicures, and fruity drinks.
You can also:
- Have a family picnic or a mini-pool party in your backyard.
- Have an at-home karaoke party. Make a playlist of your family’s favorite songs and get in the dancing spirit.
- Organize a birthday fundraiser for charity.
- Have a family movie night with popcorn and movie snacks.
You don’t have to throw an extravagant party that’ll drill a hole in your pocket every year to make your child’s birthday memorable. What counts is making your kid feel loved and special on their big day. Try these awesome kids birthday party ideas at home and watch your kids relish the love around them.