Birthday planning on a budget

DS2 will be 6 years old in 9 days time (as he told me this morning after crossing off today’s date on the birthday calender he made) and he is excited beyond words. He had lots of great birthday party ideas, a party at the farm, a soft play party and his favourite a bowling party but aside from the fact we just can not afford it at the moment me and hubby have decided that we are not going to do a ‘proper’ party for the children every birthday as it all gets so expensive, it’s crazy to spend hundreds of pounds on a party that lasts two hours especially when we have three children.
DS2 is pretty laid back he’s happy to be happy and so was excited with the idea of a small get together at our house instead of a big extravagant party. We decided that on the weekend after his birtday he will have a ‘pyjama party’ which is in fact going to pretty much just be a big play date with five of his friends. I’m planning on just letting the kids go wild (probably trashing the house) a few traditional party games thrown in, feeding them pizza, ice cream and sweets then sending them nice and hyped up back to their parents. I went bargin hunting for a small pass the parcel prize and was pleased to find a tray of kinder joy reduced to 25p each which will be put into the party bags (what kid doesnt love kinder joy?) I’m hoping that will be enough to keep them entertained for two hours and DS2 will enjoy and remember it when he is older.
Do you have any low cost birthday party ideas? Or do you have any other birthday traditions for your family?




I am a 28 year old mum living in Kent. I am totally outnumbered living with my husband and 3 boys but I love the fun and adventure they bring to my life. As a family we enjoy being active and to get out and about as much as possible. A little about us Me- My husband and I met 12 years ago when I was 16 and him 19. Being so young I don't think either of us expected a nervous first date at the cinema to lead to marriage and 3 children but we soon became inseparable. It can be hard staying 'girlie' in a house full of boys. DS1- DS1 is very sporty. He enjoys football, rugby and swimming but his real passion is motocross. I think hubby would have happily had him on a motocross bike the second he took his first step but he first started to ride when he got his first 50cc bike at 6 years old. Now, aged 8, he rides with complete confidence on his 65cc and is desperate to start competing. As his mother I will always worry about him no mater what he does but seeing how happy this sport makes him makes me want to support him 100%. DS2- DS2 is a real animal lover. He would love nothing more than to have a house full of cats and dogs but unfortunately for him the only pet we have is our goldfish named 'Goldie'. When we visit family who have dogs DS2 will happily sit there for hours talking, stroking and trying to teach them tricks. Computer games is DS2's favourite pass time. He was gifted a tablet for Christmas last year and now, at 6, he has my husband bugging him on tips to get new levels. To keep active DS2 really enjoys swimming. He is not afraid of the water at all and would swim every day given the chance. He has such a loving, caring personality. DS3- DS3 is, well, a real handful as most 2 year olds are. He is never short of energy and zooms everywhere at a million miles an hour on his favourite balance 'motorbike'. Much to my husbands joy DS3 is also obsessed, yes obsessed with motocross. All he wants to do is play motorbikes, wear DS1's helmet and boots at any given chance and watch the videos of DS1 riding. DS3 learns so much from his older brothers and he surprises me everyday with how daring and forward he is in so many ways.

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