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I have problems trying to organise a fun but cheap birthday party for my 6 & 8 yr old, their birthdays are 4 weeks apart in July and August. My house is small and its cold with 98% it rains on their birthday and party date. I’ve had parties at home 3 times, last one the lawn got turned into a muddy field. I also had to move my 6yr olds party from home to a play centre which wasn’t cheap. Some kids didn’t RSVP and I had to pay for 2 kids that didn’t RSVP and turned up. What are your best places to go and have fun but aren’t too expensive? Remember as much as I want it at the park, it rains!


Posted anonymously, 20th January 2015


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  • There’s someone that can come to you and do pamper parties for girls, and there are boys themes aswell! It’s super cute!


  • I have done dress-up themed parties and art and craft decorating included parties!


  • Do you have a family member or friend who has a nice, big, covered area you can use? Some parks will have covered shelters but maybe you could ask around and see if anyone has a large tent or small marquee you could borrow and set up as a just in case shelter.


  • Have it at home. Ask all kids and guests to wear their wet weather gear. A muddy back yard sounds like heaps of fun!


  • My daughters birthday is in July to! Last year we had it at an indoor pool center. It was great! We had the whole center to ourselves, we invited 14 kids, had 12 show and only paid for that (minimum 10 guests, maximum 15).


  • Have a look on pintrest for party theme ideas with games, food etc. You don’t need much space to have a good party at home, just ideas.


  • Mcdonalds is about $10 a head and most have a private party room. You won’t need to clean up or cook and you only have to pay for the kids that turn up. Pick one with an undercover play ground just in case it rains. I’ve had my daughters birthday party there and it was great.


  • look at the cost to hire a local community hall for the party – they do ask for a bond but usually the hire cost is affordable and you can have as many children as you like. you would need to bring all your own things and set it up and pack it away but if you are going to have it at home its really no different. good luck :)


  • I have found a number of play centres that are free. Also, having a movie day would be good too. Put a blanket over the blinds and put a movie or 2 on, some popcorn and drinks then they can go home before to so you dont have to feed them all!


  • A movie perhaps with one friend each on a cheap day with a sleep over that way you can go for lunch at Maccas or HJs works out a lot cheaper than trying to have lots of kids to cater for and ones that don’t turn up


  • It’s always a hard one choosing birthday parties. We usually do a park for a BBQ. Maybe it’s best to find some undercover barbecue areas. If you know someone who will let you have the party at their place? This year we did it at McDonald’s. cost $100 that included the food, party for 2 or 3hours. Worked out cheap for us. This year all three kids are having a combined party of going to QL. Instead of having a party we are going away. They chose camping but will see what we can afford when it gets closer,


  • We have a small house but we pushed all our lounge chairs to one side to make a dance floor, put on some music, chicken dance, hokey pokey, macarena etc. Add a cheap disco ball $20 from k-mart and you have a cheap disco party. We did it 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The girls were so excited to come to a night time party and it was a great success at minimal cost.


  • maybe ask the kids if they would like a special day out instead? get them to choose two friends and take them to the movies etc then they can have a sleep over? otherwise if they really want a party you could try a local playgroup hall. our one only cost $50 to hire with a refundable $100 deposit. it has toilets, kitchen and heaps of toys! google for private ones and also ask your local council


  • I’ve found hungry jacks to be fun for the kids and only costs for what the kids eat. (I was told you’re supposed to have minimum 8 kids but one year i had a party where 3 other kids turned up and it only cost me $27.)


  • We’ve done art and craft parties and cup cake decorating parties. Also painting t-shirts. They were always fun and finished up with simple party food and cake. Limit time to 2 hours as that is plenty of time for that age group. Good luck with it.


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