My daughter is turning 6 tomorrow and we are trying to plan her party on a very limited budget! I will be using ideas that have gone well in the past.
There have always been a few that I pictured would turn out to be amazing and were a complete flop! Then there were ideas that I thought were kinda lame and the kids ended up loving them!
Here are a few birthday party activities that have actually worked!
1 – Nail Painting/Pedicures – Get out all your nail polish and let the girls pick colors! If they are old enough you can have them paint each other’s nails. Check with parents to make sure they don’t mind!
2 – Felt Headbands – This was one of the ideas I had that I thought wouldn’t work and ended up being a hit! I bought felt and a pack of cheap, flat headbands. Then I cut out flowers of different sizes and colors. I let the girls pick 2 or 3 flowers and layer them. When they loved the look of their flower, I used a glue gun to stick it together then glued it on the headband.
3 – Shoelace Necklaces – Using shoelaces and beads you can make super cute necklaces that tie with a bow! If I do enough of these crafty activities, I don’t need to purchase things for goody bags.
4 – Picture Frames – This one is a little more pricey, but can be used instead of goody bags. You can buy a pack of cheap wooden frames at Michael’s or even Walmart. Let the kids decorate them with markers, paint or even nail polish. Take a picture of your birthday girl with their guest. While the kids are playing, print out the picture and put them in the frames for them to take home!
5 – Sundae Bar – Instead of cake and ice cream you can have a sundae bar instead. You can use Oreos, Gummi Worms, sprinkles, frosted animal cookies, whip cream, M & Ms, chocolate chips, etc.
6 – Princess Castles – Instead of gingerbread houses, you can have the guests make princess castles! Use graham crackers, concrete frosting, and pink/purple/white candies! You can even make the frosting pink and purple. Use ziploc bags and give each girl their own frosting bag. This will probably take up half the party so allow enough time!
7 – Just Dance – Almost every party we’ve had, we turn on Just Dance while the kids are arriving. It kind of breaks the ice and gets them in the mood to party!
8 – Decorate Sugar Cookies – Make sugar cookies ahead of time and let the girls each decorate a few to take home.
9 – Treasure Hunt – Hide goody bag items at each location of the treasure hunt. If you are doing a princess party, you could hide necklaces, rings, bracelets and wands. When they find the clues and jewelry, let the girls put them on while they make their way to the next clue!
10 – Scavenger Hunt – Make an outdoor scavenger hunt for the group. If you know your neighbors, get them involved! If not, you can go to a park or other outdoor location.