Throwing a birthday party for a kid is no easy task. Instead, take your little one and a few friends to a themed restaurant. For our readers in Houston, these are the spots we recommend!
1. Skeeter’s Grill (http://www.skeetersgrill.com/)
If your kids love to draw with crayons, Skeeter’s is the place for you. In Skeeter’s, you’ll find mostly grilled foods and Tex-Mex cuisine. What makes this restaurant special is its $3.99 kid’s menu and the butcher paper tablecloths and crayons where the kids can draw while they eat. The price is just right for a family-fun outing under a budget and great for a birthday party location.
2. Samurai Steakhouse (http://samuraisteakandsushi.com/)
Located off Bay Area Blvd, Samurai Steakhouse is easy to get to from any location in the suburbs. Voted as one of the favorite family fun restaurants, Samurai has kid-friendly food like the traditional french fries, chicken, and ice cream. For every customer, Samurai puts on a great show on the hibachi grills which both kids and adults will enjoy. For birthdays, the birthday boy/girl gets to wear a special hat and a picture taken with a samurai sword. How cool is that?
3. Star Cinema Grill (http://starcinemagrill.net)
Looking for dinner and a movie fun? Star Cinema Grill is just the place for birthday parties! For one price, about the same as watching a movie at a regular theater, a person can get dinner and watch a movie at the same time. Your dinner is brought right to your table while you enjoy the movie. Star Cinema not only releases old movies but new ones as well. Perfect for kids parties.
We all know how important and fun a child’s birthday party can be. As a parent or guardian, you want to make sure your child has a memorable time that he or she will love and remember for years to come, and that can often come at a price. Throwing a birthday party can be an expensive and stressful endeavor, but it shouldn’t have to be. There are several ways you can plan a cost-effective birthday party for your child, one that even includes costumes! This article will provide helpful tips on how to create a great and affordable costume-themed birthday party.
Stay At Home
The easiest way to save money on a party is to have the party at home. This saves on any costs you might have had to pay for a venue such as a pizza restaurant, roller rink, arcade, and others. Having the party at home is free! It also saves the hassle of loading your car up with party supplies and carting it off to the party location, which is an added bonus!
Themes and Decorations
Making your own decorations is also a money saver. There are many ways to create great decorations using tissue paper, crepe paper, etc., which are all inexpensive purchases. For example, tissue paper can be used to create flowers and pom pom balls to name a few. Having a theme is also a great way to save money, as you can create decorations to go with your theme and use your own household items to decorate as well. For instance, for a beach-themed party, you could use your own beach towels, beach chairs, and pool floats, to decorate your home to create that beach atmosphere. Get creative with it and you are sure to create an atmosphere that is fun. Themes also allow for the costumes to be cost-effective and gives the costume direction. Let your guests know that simple costumes are preferred.
Thrift Store Shopping
Thrift stores are great places to find affordable items for almost any costume. By shopping for yours and your family’s costumes at thrift stores, you are saving money on purchasing a costume for every member of your family, which could really blow your budget. Costumes are expensive to buy in a store, so making your own from thrift store finds is always a great idea. Plus, you are sure to have the only costume like yours at the party!
Create Costumes At the Party
By creating paper masks for costumes, this not only give the children an activity, but it also saves on money. Paper plates are very inexpensive and you can use markers, paint, and crayons that you more than likely already have. Have a monster-themed party and create paper mask monster faces. This could also be used for many more themes such as animals and cartoon characters, just to name a few. You could also consider having a hat party where everyone wears a crazy hat, or a color themed party, where the guests dress from head to toe in your child’s favorite color. Get creative and you are sure to save money on the next costume birthday party you plan!
About the Author
Sasha Wilson has a large family and loves getting creative when it comes to party planning for her kids. She suggests using BuyCostumes.com when searching for costume ideas and party ideas.
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Deposit a Gift is a great tool for wedding and baby showers; but it’s also perfect for throwing a kid’s birthday party, where experiences are requested over gifts! You might balk at the idea of choosing not to buy gifts for your child’s birthday. After all, we remember celebrating our own birthdays as kids, along with the anticipation of receiving gifts and how much fun we had at our parties. Why would we want to take away that joy from our children? Truth is, most of us won’t be able to recall exactly what we got for all these birthdays; what sticks for years to come is the experience of spending time with your loved ones, not the trivial stuff you accumulate. This is why lots of parents are shifting their preferences toward a birthday with a greater emphasis on experiences, not things.
There are tons of great experiences you can put on your child’s birthday registry. A fun trip to Disney World or Universal Studios comes to mind. A cheaper alternative would be a day at the local zoo or amusement park. And what better gift can there be than helping your child find a hobby or passion they love? Sign them up for swim or dance lessons!
This is also the perfect opportunity to teach your child a valuable lesson on being a good citizen. Consider donating part of the birthday proceeds to a charity of your child’s choosing; if your choice is local, allow your son or daughter to personally present a certificate to the organization for a great way to make them proud and eager to help in other ways in the future!
A cash birthday registry based on experiences is a win-win for all; parents won’t have to worry about their house being cluttered with toys and children will have great memories to last a lifetime. Furthermore, with the current state of the economy and a growing emphasis on going green, guests will be thrilled to be spared that annual trip to Toys”R”Us. If you want to see some great examples of how it’s done, check out these registries for Ethan and Moses or Cheyanne!
Throwing a party at home? Put a little extra effort into the decorations and setup. It’ll make all the difference in your guests’ party memories!
This setup is clearly for summer – pink and green watermelon colors! Everything from the table curtains to the treats fit the theme.
Is it someone’s birthday? If cupcakes are on the menu, display them in champagne flutes on top of little candy pieces!
This idea is so creative! Decorate party balloons so they look like huge lollipops.
Decorating is all about the colors. Don’t forget the wall. This balloon backdrop is an inexpensive way to add dimension.
We know how time-consuming and stressful throwing a birthday party at your home for your child can be. The first step to organizing a great party is to pick a theme. Once that’s decided, everything else will fall into place! Here are some cute themes to consider:
A little monster bash.
A chevron rainbow art party tablescape.
A girl’s Minnie Mouse party.
A festive ladybug-themed party.
Go the extra mile for your next birthday celebration, and your guests will be talking aout the decor even at next year’s celebration! Here’s what we recommend…
Be creative with your streamers!
Hang glittery long party confetti on the walls.
Confetti, balloons, or streamers? Don’t pick just one!
Turn confetti and ballons into a delightful backdrop!
Your little darling’s birthday is coming up and you want to make her day extra special by throwing a themed birthday celebration. It may be tempting to simply plan a recycled version of all of her friends’ princess-themed bashes, but why not make it memorable by giving the party a much-needed twist? Here are just some ways to throw an awesome action-princess party!
Characters: Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty are all old favorites, but sitting around waiting for your prince to come gets dull after a while. So why not liven things up and shift the focus to Merida, Tiana, Mulan and Pocahontas?
Costumes: No Princess Party is complete without costumes for your daughters to dress-up in, and this is no different! Instead of the usual fancy gowns, hand your child a bright red wig and a bow, or Mulan’s armor.
Games: Games are essential to keeping any children’s party going, so it’s important to get creative! One idea is to throw a scavenger hunt to find the bear that’s threatening Merida’s kingdom; Disney trivia with questions focused on films like Brave and Mulan is sure to make the time fly by! Instead of playing house, why not have the girls run Tiana’s Dream Restaurant?
Invitations: Invitations are like a first impression, and therefore, it’s important to make a good one that sticks to the theme. Be sure to use bold font and attention-grabbing coloring. If the party’s centered on Brave, consider using colors such as vivid green and blue, and including a picture of the heroine.
Party Favors: We all love showing our gratitude to our guests for attending with party favors! How about copies of the Princess and The Frog DVD? A cheaper alternative would be action-princess roller stickers or figurines. Note: these can also make excellent rewards in the games suggested above.
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Who says you have to buy a boring square cake from the grocery store for your party? Visit a special cake store that specializes in making unique confections! Show your baker the pictures that inspire you! Or try doing it on your own. We dare you!
Celebrating getting a raise for your job? This fun confetti cake almost looks like there are small colorful coins falling and overflowing out of a wine glass. You decide what the setup symbolizes!
If your son is having a birthday party, this Lego themed birthday cake is sure to get lots of “wow’s” when you take it out for cutting!
If your little girl is having a birthday party, charm her by buying a lovely pink cake like this one. It has the princess crown and pretty lace to top it off!
Ever wanted your very own tea party? Make your baby shower a tea-party themed one and these cute cupcakes will fit the occasion perfectly.