At this time, having a smaller budget to show our children how much we care especially around birthdays is becoming more difficult. Let's face it, there are loads of options out there but when they have been to the local indoor play facility three times already this year for other kids birthday's you need to show some originality.
There are events like bowling parties that can provide a fun filled activity, as food can be also bought in a private room and some bowling alleys will also provide staff to help things run smoothly. You could also try a cinema party where again food is provided beforehand and then watching a film. These types of party can be expensive when inviting the whole class but there will be little mess and inconvenience for you. Why not just invite 5 best friends to keep the costs down?
The opposite end to this spectrum, is the house party, where you have to provide the food and entertainment for a house full of children and several parents and if you haven't been creative and original in your hosting then the kids just get restless. You may also get a house full of mess. It is the cheaper option but how about a compromise between cost and stress to the parent?
Hiring a hall and a disco and providing your own food can keep the price down but it's the entertainment factor that can sometimes let the party down. So give the kids bubbles to blow or some balloons to throw around. Invent games like balloons with special prizes attached for when the music stops.
Even going to the local park and having a picnic can make the perfect party, just split the children into two groups and do treasure hunts or have a orienteering type party.
Having a childrens party company come to your house but take care of the entertainment and most of the mess, or party buses have become very popular. Providing a safe play environment for the children and food and no mess for you.
There are also companies who can provide entertainment such as craft parties where the children make t-shirts, perfume, jewelery and even hats. You can even have their favourite TV shows or films such as Hannah Montana, High School Musical, Bratz and Mamma Mia themed parties. If you have a little princess you can even have a spa themed party for her and her friends so they can be treated like little ladies for the day.
A little research and imagination can give your child the perfect present for their birthday, a great party with their friends.