Summer birthday’s are always tough. First it’s summer time, so simply sending invites to school is out. Then, odds are pretty good that most of the kids you do invite are away at camp or on family vacations. And it is so hot out, and then it rains all the time, who knows what will happen! And attending is difficult too, because your family has it’s own summer plans.
Unfortunately for my two kids, their birthday lie right in the middle of the summer. But they are troopers. Every year we try our best to make their birthdays as special as possible, but we always know that the turn out is probably going to be slim. Have you ever spent months planning and hundreds of dollars on food and decorations and party favors, only to have 4 kids show up! I will admit, the first few years, it was almost heart breaking, but now, we have this down to a science.
So here are some tips to making your child’s summer birthday a special one, without spending a fortune.
- Keep it simple – hot dogs, juice boxes, cheesy puffs and cupcakes are all the food you should need. And if you make the cupcakes yourself, well, you have only spent about $20.00 on your birthday buffet!
- Have a swimming party – If you have a pool to use. It just easier. And if you do not have a pool that you can use, get a slip and slide and some other sprinkler toys and do it that way! Big Lots has a bunch of water and sprinkler toys for next to nothing. And it is far cheaper then renting the roller rink, with 20 other birthdays going on.
- Expect a low turn out – Summer is such a hectic time of year, everyone is off and on vacation, schedules are totally different and there is a lot going on. Try not to get disappointed. But be sure to get some of your child’s “core people” there.
- Plan something special for the actual day of the birthday – I took my daughter and her two favorite cousins for Hibachi lunch at Little Tokyo on her actual birthday. The lunch menu is inexpensive, the Hibachi Chef put on a great show, and at the end, she received the largest snowball I had ever seen, which she shared with her cousins.
- Send real invitations through the mail – I learned this lesson the hard way, and sent evites. I didn’t realize that in the summer people tend to not check their email as often as usual. Oops!
- Skip the decoration overload – The only decorations you really need are about 5 balloons, so people can recognize the home where the party is, and the cake or cupcakes!
- Make cupcakes – I love my kids, but I refuse to spend more than $15.00 on a cake. And the cheap cakes usually taste terrible. So this year, we made cupcakes the night before. We had a blast doing it and they tasted awesome! I picked up a card board cup cake tower for $5.00 and they looked great!
- Don’t get party favors at Party City! Go to a Mardi Gras store instead! – Places like party city are soooooo expensive, but your local mardi gras supply store has very cool trinkets at much cheaper prices. And forget the personalized bags, just throw them in a bowl and pass them out like trick or treat candy!
I hope this has been helpful! And as for my kids party, don’t worry,. They had so much fun, they never noticed the small turn out.