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Have a Happy Birthday (Without the Party):

Budget Friendly Birthday Ideas that Make Your Child Feel Special
by Sarah Lyons


Document the day

Create a list of questions to ask your child on their birthday such as “Who is your best friend?” or list TV shows, songs, foods, etc. Record the answers in a safe place and repeat each year. It’s fun to look back and see how your child has changed and matured over the years.

Tell their story

Kids love to hear stories about the day they were born, the cute things they did as a baby, or how you prepared for their arrival. Spend part of the day telling favorite stories about your child, they are sure to love it.

Have others reach out

Ask friends and family to wish your child a happy birthday with calls, texts, messages, or cards. Consider talking to family members via Skype. This will help your child know that others are celebrating them even if you aren’t hosting a big birthday party this year.

As parents, we often feel like we have to spend a lot to make our child’s birthday special when this is truly not the case. With a little extra planning, your child’s day can be just as special as any expensive party.

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More Big Ways to Celebrate Without a Party

  • Go to the movies
  • Visit amusement park
  • Have dinner out at a favorite spot
  • Go bowling
  • Take a day trip to a neighboring town
  • Attend a sporting event
  • Be a tourist for the day in your hometown, visiting the zoo or other local attractions
  • Let your child pick a place they would like to visit

Sarah Lyons is a stay at home wife and mother of six children, including 18 month old triplets. Using creative consequences with her kids has improved their behavior and encourages healthy relationships with each other.

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