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Girl's Birthday Party Idea - Birthday Party Ideas For A Six Year Old Girl - Killeen, TX

I am at a loss. My daughter is turning six and really wants a birthday party. I work full time, single parent and cannot afford much. What can I do?

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Have a makeover/sleepover party! Get some cheap cosmetics, inexpensive hand mirrors, spray on temporary hair color, mud masks, cucumbers for eyes, etc. Have them paint on colorful socks for "slippers" to wear the next morning. Make a cake and use twinkies, marshmellows and vanilla wafers for girls in sleeping bags on the cake. The twinkies are the bodies using icing as a blanket, marshmellows the heads, wafers the pillow. Or let the girls decorate the cake as an activity. Let them have fun!

Good luck!

G. g

There are lots of on-line sites to print out Free b-day invites, try DLTK.com (all kids stuff). We recently had a "mock" slumber party, the girls came over in their pj's, they played outside, we painted their nails, made foamie crowns, ate cake and chick-fil-a--esentially a girls night with b-day cake. And if they will sit through a movie, a movie and popcorn would work great. Also, you could do a savenger hunt and hide some $ store toys or "prizes". good luck.

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I like the tea party idea. My daughter went to one last year and the mom had cheap dollar store hats and necklaces for the girls to wear during the party. The mom painted their nails and put lip gloss on. She had made plain sugar cookies in fun shapes and the girls iced them. The table was set with her own china and tea cups. My daughter was so excited when she was served real warm tea. They had sandwiches cut with cookie cutters, strawberries, pretzels dipped in chocolates. She also had a cake but you could do cupcakes and display them pretty on one of those cupcake stands. Hope this helps.

Those huge SAMS pizzas are under $8 a piece cooked and make your own cake and buy a big bag of candy for the favors. Make Koolaid (the imitation stuff is just as good) and tea or water for the drinks. Go to the dollar store for inexpensive treats for the kids if you want something more than candy for their treats. You can go ahead and get paints or crayons and paper and have the kids create a picture for your daughter that she can keep and remember who was there. Those are some of the things we've done.

L.
Mom of 5

Hi S., My daughter once had a party she enjoyed so much, she didn't realize it was done on a very tight budget. My theme was 'Fun' and all of her friends talked about it for years. To replace expensive stuff, I gave all of my time to her and her friends, creating games and projects for them to do. At our dollars store, I bought pebbles and glitter glue, two or three small acrylic bottles of paint, a bag of plastic eyes for crafts. For a few dollars I had all the stuff I needed for them to create their Pet Rock and other creatures the kids could think of. With glitter we also personalized the party hats I gave out. With chalk, we painted a game on the cement and gave away prizes I bought at same store (picture frames, fake nails, lip gloss). Musical chairs and tape the tail on the donkey (some swear it was a wolf, my crayon colors were limited). I bought a set of face paint markers for five dollars, I had a very long line and many requests for butterflies and hearts. For decorations, I took out all the christmas lights I put all over the place. Pepperoni pizza, sodas, cake and ice cream were enjoyed by all of them.
As gifts were open, friends took turns reading the cards attached.
Parents had to wait an extra hour or so because kids didn't want to leave. Kids were priority for me and had all my attention; My daughter had a blast.

We, for some reason, have always been broke when birthday party time comes around. For one thing, we have happily established that we do not give as many gifts for birthdays as we do for Christmas, and this has worked out very well. One year, my youngest daughter needed shoes really badly, and I had to make a choice between the shoes and a present, so she got shoes for her birthday. :) When we have parties, I make the cake myself, and if we serve food, it is usually something easy and inexpensive like nachos or hot dogs. Make kool aid instead of buying canned drinks. Go to google.com and look up keywords such as "frugal birthday party games", "frugal party ideas", etc. Write down all of the games that you would like for the kids to play, and make a list of the supplies that you need. Try to find games that require more kid power than supplies. For example, one year, we had a three legged race, a hula hoop contest (whoever can keep their hoop going the longest wins), a balloon stomp (tie a balloon to one leg of each child, on "go!" they try to stomp each other's balloons. The last one standing with a balloon unpopped wins. When we couldn't afford a pinata, we put a few pieces of candy in each of many balloons, blew them up, and when the time came, let the kids stomp on the them, sit on them, or whatever they could do to bust them and get the candy. Some balloons had confetti instead of candy to make it more interesting. Paper lunch bags make nice goody bags to carry their candy home in. If nothing else, have cake and punch at the park. Parks are instant parties, because all you have to do is serve the refreshments and watch the kids play on the playground equipment.

My niece had a "Survivor theme." They took things from around the house and made an race ot of it. They ahd a basket ball goal so they had to get into to teams and make so many baskets and then move onto doing the hulla hoop and then blowing up a balloon and carring between their knees to a spot and thenpopping it and then limboing under a pole then going to tag their team mate. It was loads of fun.

We ALWAYS do birthdays on the cheap! It is really easy, and can be super fun too.

Invite her friends over via some cheapo invitations from the dollar store. Then, when they are all there, get some cheap pizzas from CiCi's, bake a birthday cake, get a movie that they would all enjoy (like Princess Diaries), and pop some popcorn. Get some $.88 nail polish from Wal-Mart (2 or 3 colors) and give them all manicures. You can even make a "pin the crown on the princess" game. Heck, draw the features on there and have the girls color it in!

Presto! A fun, inexpensive birthday party for under $30!

Good luck!

The tea party idea is a great one - icing cookies, rasberry tea (with lots of sugar!)served on mismatched tea cups, and homemade cupcakes make this party fun. I found a tea party bingo template on the internet and used hershey kisses as the markers, and played dressup with halloween costumes and old prom dresses from friends.

If your daughter is not into the dress up party, another cheap idea is a cheerleader party. We made a megaphone shaped cake (basically a round cake and a triangle shape put together), bought pom pom sets at the dollar store (which also were the party favors, and invited 2 high school cheerleaders to teach the girls 2 simple cheers at our party at the park. Good luck!

I was fortunate to have 2 teenage children by the time my youngest was turning 6. If you can recruit a teenaged friend or relative to help or pay a neighbor with a lot of energy to assist you can set up "stations" which I have used a lot of times with my kids. One station may be a craft- something really inexpensive (decorating cookies or cupcakes or making something with inexpensive materials), another face painting or manicures or hairstyling (here is where a teenage girl can really help). You can add some glitter to the hair or some inexpensive temporary tattoos for fun. When my older son helped he would run a kick ball game or something active. I have found that putting on music and having everyone dance can be lots of fun for girls too. Basically we would set up as many stations as I had helpers for, and the little girls would rotate through their favorites until it was time for refreshments and gift opening.

Last year when daughter turned 5, I just invited immediate family, which includes 3 nephews and 1 niece, to Peter Piper, bought cake from local grocery store, and just kept the costs down that way - she was just as happy. What I do to make the day especially nice is I decorate her door, the hallway, the living room, dining room with signs and streamers and balloons (what I had available, did not spend a lot of money here either) - they love this stuff. This year I invited a few friends over and had a pinata, cake, and pizza from Little Ceasars. Try to find sale items for gifts (local grocery store had a walking Barbie horse and better quality Barbies drastically reduced and I bought clearance items that were end of season, buying ahead of time on Ebay too) - I too am a single mother of two young children. Then again if you just can't swing it, kids do have to learn taht hard lession - can't have everything they want - even a birthday party - I know it's harsh. But then a little something is better than nothing is what I say!

My childs favorite was the watermelon birthday. We had watermelon with candles and the spit seeds at a target. I had 3 bags of water balloons and a hose pipe. More fun than a barrel of monkeys!!!

Let her invite a few friends over and turn them loose with some ice cream and bananas and toppings for a banaba split party. My daughter loved it and at the end, they took the left over spray cans of whipped cream and had a squirt fight in the back yard! That would be up to you though. My daughter was about 9 when she had her party.

OR you could have a "dress up" party. They could come in their favorite dress up clothes and have cake and ice cream. A contest for different catagories and award some inexpensive prizes for costumes.

Hi S., I know how that can be challenging. I would say just for her to invite a couple of friends over listen dance to some music. Buy her a small cake enough for the friends and maybe rent a movie for them. I dropped of my little niece this weekend for a couple hours at a friends b-day party the parents were having for her. They just listen to music danced a little watched a movie ate some cake and then the parents went to pick them up later that night. Something really inexpensive just for the kids. I thought that was pretty cool and my niece said she had a lot of fun with her friends from school.
S. I know how it can be tough to work full time and still come home and try to be with your daughter and get her the things she would like. S. would you be open to an idea for a better life?
It may or may not be for you but it can be a chance for you to have more time and money to be with your family and give them the things they would like in life. If you are interested email me.
I hope your daughter has a great party.

Take care and God Bless!
L.
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Hi S., Honey go to the dollar store...get everything in her fav color. My daughter had a pink party, pink plates, ballons, koolaid, napkins etc...they have it all at the $ store..then we invited about 4 of her close friends and painted our nails and toes pink, and spray painted our hair pink...we were the pink ladies...

Have a makeover/sleepover party! Get some cheap cosmetics, inexpensive hand mirrors, spray on temporary hair color, mud masks, cucumbers for eyes, etc. Have them paint on colorful socks for "slippers" to wear the next morning. Make a cake and use twinkies, marshmellows and vanilla wafers for girls in sleeping bags on the cake. The twinkies are the bodies using icing as a blanket, marshmellows the heads, wafers the pillow. Or let the girls decorate the cake as an activity. Let them have fun!

Good luck!

G. g

You could have a girls only party and buy some bead sets (get a few of the coupons from the paper or on line for JoAnn Fabrics!) and have a bead party where they can make their own necklace's and bracelets. You can also have them decorate their own cupcakes (bake them while they're doing their jewlery).... the bead thing takes plenty of time and the cupcakes will be a great closer!

There are lots of on-line sites to print out Free b-day invites, try DLTK.com (all kids stuff). We recently had a "mock" slumber party, the girls came over in their pj's, they played outside, we painted their nails, made foamie crowns, ate cake and chick-fil-a--esentially a girls night with b-day cake. And if they will sit through a movie, a movie and popcorn would work great. Also, you could do a savenger hunt and hide some $ store toys or "prizes". good luck.

Do you have a Saturday to give her a party? If so, I gave my daughter on her 5th birthday a cooking party. She loves to cook. The invites brought their apron and I provided the supplies. Pizza dough, sauce, cheese, etc. and then we had a sundae station: ice-cream and all the toppings a little girl loves! The rest of the time is playtime and presents and if you still want a cake. The goody bags do not have to be much. I hope you find this helpful. I have other ideas just need to know her interest. I have 2 girls, so the ideas are endless.

My Daughter's 6th birthday party was a Bratz Fashion party in which I spent about $40 total. I did rent a building for the messy factor, and it was well worth the $25! I bought poster boards, glitter-glue pens, jewel stickers, and colored hairspray from the dollar store. (about $6) I printed Bratz pictures off the internet and plastered them on the walls. I cut stars and crowns out of the posterboards. I covered the stars and an old beach ball I had with foil and hung them from the ceiling. I let the girls decorate their own crowns with the glitter-glue and stickers, and sprayed their hair different colors with the hairspray. I made cupcakes and let the girls decorate their own with colored sprinkles. I brought a CD player and let the girls dance and sing to some kid-friendly songs I downloaded from the internet. I took every girls picture for a personalized "thank you" card that I printed myself.

Her 7th birthday was just as fun! Again, I rented a building for the "easy" factor. I took my television and DVD player and tons of cartoons. I served nachos, and instead of cake, I served chocolate chip cookies. I bought cheap sunglasses, jewelry crafts, and popcorn bags from Oriental Trading. After letting the girls create their own movie star quality jewelry, we popped popcorn and had a movie night sleepover. I hardly spent a thing and it was so much fun!

how about a tea party? tell all the girls to dress up, put on makeup, paint their nails, make/buy cute fancy cookies, cupcakes, take their pix, etc. maybe you have a friend to help you pamper your princess!

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