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Creative Party Ideas For Kids: Tips On What Not To Do

Apr 17, 2008
Great Party Ideas On A Tight Budget?... Not A Chance

We all want the best for our kids, especially when it comes to throwing them parties. However, if you take a look at a typical "theme" party, you're likely to have a heart attack in the process. Get ready to mortgage your home, sell your car, and call your Uncle Vito for a loan. It isn't easy or cheap to take care of your kids today. If you think I'm kidding, take a look at the costs of some of the hottest party ideas of today.

Let's start at the top of the budget busting list and get that out of the way. If you really want to impress your kid, rent a giant hall and invite about 50 to 100 of his or her best friends. The food doesn't have to be fancy as most kids are happy with pizza and burgers. But to make it special, invite the paparazzi. No, I'm not kidding. Make this a real three ring circus complete with photos. It will be a party that your kid won't forget.

Dress the kids up in vintage costumes and have them act out a movie. you can find companies that will provide the costumes, stage set, props, the script and of course take the video. Cost? About $3,000, and THAT is cheap.

Okay, don't want to spring for the giant hall and the paparazzi? How about a day at Chuckie Cheeze, complete with pizza and games for about 30 kids. You're looking at a day of fun and games, not to mention the guest clown and other entertainment. This is about $300 not including the amount of money that you're going to spend on the games and other amusements. That money can add up. Kids don't want to just sit around and watch other kids play the games. So add in another $10.00 for each kid.

Another very expensive party idea is to have a nostalgia night. You pick an era of time such as the 60s, 70s or 80s and have the kids come in authentic attire from the era. The clothes alone are going to cost you hundreds of dollars. Forget about the hall and the style of food befitting that era. We're talking close to $2,000 if it's a penny.

Even planning on having a party at home, complete with decorations and a guest magician can run into quite a few bucks. Most magicians today won't even walk into your home for less than $300. Add to that the cost of the food, party favors and whatever else you decide to spring for and you're easily looking at $700.

Hire a dog and pony show for your toddlers party. Literally. Dancing dogs can entertain the little ones while the older ones ride the ponies. Again you're looking at an outlay of over $500.00

Before you start hyperventilating there is hope. With some imagination you can come up with fabulous party ideas for kids without breaking the bank.
About the Author
Dee Power is the author of several nonfiction books. She and her grownup daughter have put together Party Ideas: Kids to help parents come up with fun, creative, but not expensive party ideas. Read Dee's blog . Visit her dogs' site Rose and Kate
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