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Some of my best party memories from when I was a child include birthday parties at the beach eating sandy Popsicles and splashing with friends in the cool ocean.
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Birthday parties certainly do not have to cost a lot in order to be special and successful. Here are some ideas for celebrating your child’s special day.
In the summer, you certainly can’t lose with planning a party at the beach or lake. Pack a cooler filled with special treats and some frozen juice boxes. I’ve enjoyed doing a scavenger hunt with the kids or having a sand castle contest. Not only are beach parties free but can be a super relaxing way to entertain a group of rambunctious rascals.
My youngest daughter always asks to have a pinata at her birthday party. We have made them ourselves out of balloons and paper-mache but this is quite a messy process and they can be tricky to hang. Inexpensive varieties are available at most dollar stores.
My children went to one birthday party where they had the chance to decorate their own cupcakes. This was great fun as they were able to choose from different colors of icing and oodles of candy. I would recommend serving a super healthy meal before hand and do this activity towards the end of the party. Ask parents for forgiveness later!
Another favorite birthday activity seems to be the “sleep-over” – this may be free but might cost you a few hours of precious Zzzs! Depending on your child, you may want to rent a movie, make popcorn, paint toe nails, play a board game or something interactive like charades. Be sure to have a big bag of pancake mix on hand for hungry tummies in the morning.
Finally, take a look at ChatterBlock for free upcoming community events and plan your party around one of these. Perhaps there is a free outdoor music festival or teen movie night at your local recreation centre.
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