Birthday Party Ideas of the Stars that Won’t Break the Bank
Birthday Party ideas are always easier to come up with when it’s for someone else’s child. They are also easy to come up with when there’s an unlimited budget! Celebrities seem to have no problem coming up with virtual theme parks in their backyard when it’s their child’s birthday, but not all of us can spend $300K on our child’s birthday like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. The rest of us have to find unique birthday party ideas that don’t involve Ringling Brothers or gelato flown in from Italy. In fact, the closest most of us come to that would be a day at Chuck E. Cheese with pizza. Still, you can have a circus-themed party or even a make-your-own gelato party that would be just as much fun for your child as one of the lavish Hollywood events. After all, your child can’t tell the difference between a cake that you baked in your own kitchen and a cake made by a chef in France—or, at least, we hope they can’t.
Here are a few Hollywood kids birthday party ideas to get you started…
For Suri’s second birthday, Tom and Katie spent a whopping $100,000 to have a butterfly themed event. The cake was a four-tiered butterfly shaped cake that set the Cruises back around $5K—that’s right, five thousand dollars for a cake. They then ordered tiny versions of the same cake for their guests to eat. Now, I don’t want to guess about your budget, but while I adore themed birthday party ideas like a “butterfly garden birthday party” (or a bee party like the ones we wrote about in our July blog) I also adore not wasting money. If butterflies are your child’s idea of wonderful you can still have Suri’s butterfly cake and mini-cakes for your party guests just by taking a trip to your local crafts store (or shop online). You can purchase butterfly shaped cake pans, as well as, butterfly shaped sandwich cutters that you can use on a sheet cake to make mini-butterfly cakes for the guests.
When Spice Girl Geri Halliwell decided to throw her daughter a birthday party she decided upon an Alice in Wonderland theme. Being a celebrity she went a bit out there by bringing in white rabbits and things of that nature, but from the pictures of the party it still looked like an awesome time. While an Alice in Wonderland birthday party isn’t necessarily one of the more unique birthday party ideas on the planet, it is still a fun one that opens up a lot of possibilities. You can have a Mad Hatter’s tea party with lopsided cake and audacious tea pots. The kids could all wear mismatched clothing or funny hats. They could even come as a character from Alice in Wonderland!
Kingston Rossdale’s parents Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale spent $15,000 dollars on his fourth birthday party which utilized a carnival theme. They had bounce houses, cotton candy machines, lemonade stands, face painting, clowns—basically, “The Works”. Now, depending upon the budget you want to set this can be reproduced in smaller scale with a trip to your local rental center and party store. Bounce houses, cotton candy machines, and face painting kits are easily accessible items these days and the always loved by children.
Bigger is not always better—especially when you are dealing with younger children. Your child of three won’t know the difference between your husband dressed as the Mad Hatter or Johnny Depp. To a child of five your butterfly cake probably tastes just as good, if not better, than one flown in from France.
If any of you have a cheaper version of a celebrity birthday party drop us a comment, but until then I hope that you got some mileage out of these celebrity birthday party ideas.
Toddler Birthday Games
Toddler birthday games are great for burning excess energy and encouraging social interactions between children at your child’s birthday party. Your toddler birthday games should not only be easy to play, but safe as well. A good safety rule is to make sure that your prizes or party favors do not fit through a paper towel tube in order to prevent choking hazards.
Toddler Birthday Games
Classic Toddler Birthday Games
Pin the tail on the donkey games are versatile because you can modify the pairings by the theme of your party: frog on the lilly pad, slipper on the ballerina, car on the finish line and so on. Instead of a pin, use tape on the back of each object to be “pinned” to the poster. The child who pins their object closest to the target is the winner.
Playing a “freeze” dance game is sure to remove some of that excess party energy. Play a lively children’s song and have all the children dance. When you stop the music and yell “freeze” everyone must stop dancing and freeze in that position until you say “unfreeze.” Start the music again and repeat.
Other Toddler Birthday Games Ideas
Let the children have a birthday party parade with musical instruments, streamers, ribbons, stuffed animals or whatever relates to the birthday party theme.
Active games like Hokey Pokey, Ring Around the Rosy, or just letting the children dance freestyle really keep children entertained. Blowing bubbles or holding coloring contests with theme inspired coloring pages are also great activities.
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Under The Sea Party
An Under the Sea party is a versatile way to hold an indoor or outdoor kids birthday party that can be adapted to fit different age groups. An under the sea birthday for girls might have more of a mermaid theme, while the boys might have more of a pirate theme. Visit www.treasureboxkids.com for an outfit for your special child to wear at their Under the Sea party. Look through our archived blog posts for more birthday party ideas. Here are some ideas for your Under the Sea birthday:
Under The Sea Party
Planning and Decorations
� Hang strips of crepe paper in shades of blue, green, aqua and purple just below the ceiling to look like the underside of the surface of the sea
� Snacks: goldfish, gummy sharks
� Print out pictures of fish and other sea creatures to hang from the ceiling with fishing line.
� Music from The Little Mermaid
Princess Party Activities
� Make jellyfish � pre cut half moon shapes from neon colored tag board. Iridescent gift bag filler (or shredded paper) can be used as tentacles to be glued on to the jellyfish.
� Crab walk relay games
� Limbo line
� Fishing game � print out paper fish and put a small paperclip on each fish. Make a fishing pole with a dowel or twig with a piece of string tied to the stick. Tie a magnet (strong enough to pick up a paperclip) to the other end of the line.
� Treasure hunt
Kids Birthday Party: Kids Pool Party
Planning a kids birthday party for a toddler can be a great deal of fun for both you and your child. A kids pool party would make a great kids birthday party idea especially when it�s hot outside. Treasure Box Kids blog has many ideas on how to create affordable kids birthday parties and offer everyone a fun afternoon.
Kids Birthday Party-Kids Pool Party
Purchase a baby pool. Add a variety of pool toys. Invite the parents to join in the back yard barb-a-cue while the kids play in the pool. An early afternoon time is the best. The children will remain safe as the parents sit back and enjoy the company of other adults. This is bound to be one of the best kids birthday parties ever. The kids will be so busy playing that they will forget about opening gifts and eating cake. An added bonus is that when the party is over the wee ones will be ready for a long nap!
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Birthday Party Ideas
Kids Birthday Party Games-Kids Treasure Hunt
Organizing some kids birthday party games can be so much fun to do with your child. A kids treasure hunt is sure to be a hit for a pirate-themed kids birthday party, a sleep-over or any children�s gathering. Visit treasure box kids blog to find great birthday party ideas that your child will love. Also, visit www.treasureboxkids.com to find adorable outfits for your child to wear to the birthday party.
Kids Birthday Party Games
A kids treasure hunt is a simple game that can be played indoors or outside using any style you wish (just searching for items, following clues as a group or splitting into teams to race to a prize). Here is a general set of instructions for a fun activity for kids ages 5 to 13.
� Find a simple hiding place for clues and prizes in your house or yard.
� Write 6 or 7 clues on small squares of paper that allow the children to advance from one point to the next in their search for treasure.
� Hide the clues so that one clue leads to the next based on the answer.
� Begin the treasure hunt with an easy to read map or a short story with characters that need the children�s help to find the treasure.
� Create characters that can help the children if they get lost along the way. These should be adults or older children who can give the teams clues to help them find their ultimate prize.
� Modify the treasure hunt game to be played in teams with prizes for teams that solve the most clues.