5Th Girl B-day Party

Updated on March 16, 2008
C.S. asks from Gulf Breeze, FL
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Does anyone have any ideas for a 5 yr old b-day party, on a conservative budget @ home? Games, activities? We have a clubhouse w/ swings, slide & a sandbox, but I wondered what other ideas you may have. Last year we had a great scavenger hunt & it went very well. Thanks for your help :o)

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Wow! I sure have recieved some great ideas!! Thanks for all the help. I can't wait to start planning the party w/ my daughter
now :o) Have a great day. C.

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C.C.

answers from Fort Walton Beach on

We are having a Hanna Montana Party. I am letting the girls dress up, using a tiny bit of my make-up, and letting them do a fake model shoot. I am using my digital camera, and they are so excited, I can send all the pics out to parents after wards. Pinata, and slumber party, to top it off, the new Hannah Movie from walmart for them to watch that night after every one leaves, perfect. My 5 yr olds party is this sat and all her friends are so excited. I let her older sis invite 2 friends, and even they cannot wait. They want to dress up and have their pics taken!! Should be fun!!

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D.B.

answers from Fort Walton Beach on

well my daughters birthday is early april so she loves getting to do easter egg hunts... and all the kids love it... also she had a blast last year when we did a pinata.... just a couple ideas.... one idea I was thinking about doing this year is getting white tee shirts and letting the kids design them with fabric paints and stuff... just for a momento and a fun time... or maybe even that they could design them for her... play shirts maybe? I haven't thought it all the way through... but it could be fun and you can get white hanes t shirts for pretty cheap in packs....

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J.D.

answers from Ocala on

my girls are now 11 and 12 . but they used to love dress up . and tea party's .. I used to get dress up clothes from friends and family . even sometimes from the local thrift stores .. have fun

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K.K.

answers from Gainesville on

Maybe turn the backyard into a fairy princess castle. Since your daughter is five ...allow her to invite 5 girls over. Have the girls make hats and wands. Make a small treasure hunt with the prize hiden in the sandbox. Pin the lips on Prince charming. Maybe let the girls decorate their own cup cakes? Play duck duck goose using stars and moon instead of duck and goose. Decor can be very simple with balloons and ribbons tied to the fort and everything in the back yard. You could get rolls of tule in a couple of colors and tie bows around the girls waists and use the rest to decorate the yard.

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K.C.

answers from Orlando on

Hi C. I thought I would share the party I had for my Step Daughter when she was 5. She was aloud to invite up to 5 friends. They were asked to bring their favorite party dress.Then I asked a few friends to come help. We did their hair, Makeup and nails. Then at the end the parents were asked to return we had a fashion show. We announced the girls and described their hair clothes and makeup. They had a blast and it was not expensive of course we served cake and snacks. I took pictures of each girl with the birthday girl. The next week the girls got the picture in an inexpensive frame with a thank you note. hope this helps!!

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T.W.

answers from Orlando on

I actually hired someone to come and do a tea party for my daughters 5th birthday, but you can do it yourself at home if you have the stuff. It was just easier and cheaper for me to have her come and do it for me.
But if you can round up some dress up clothes, shoes, costume jewelry, hats, gloves etc.
You can get some old fashioned tea cups for cheap at a thrift store they don't have to match and get the little saucers too.
You can use whatever beverage you want, we used sprite so it wouldn't stain the white linens. Get some fancy little cookies, pepperidge farms makes a nice fancy selection.
For goodie bags you put in there a little play lipstick, costume jewelry, press on fingernails or fingernail stickers, stuff like that.
Take lots of pictures. My daughter is almost 13 now and we still have her group picture on the frig.
You can even get little clear plastic picture frames and send home a picture of them dressed up in their goodie bags.
Have fun.

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J.A.

answers from Orlando on

Hi Kristy
Have you ever thought about a sleep over party? If your daughter is kinda on the princess side you could do a sleep over/spa night we did it one year. we had the usuall party with family but when they left her"girl friends" got to stay they did each other hair make up toes they watched movies and had popcorn and most of all they loved not having a bed time( all where out by 11) just something to think of she may be a l little young My daughter did this last year for her 7th birthday. Best of luck.
J.
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M.L.

answers from Ocala on

Crafts: At that age they love to make things to bring home. Take a plain paper plate and cut in eye holes and nose holes. Use your little one for the pattern. Have elastic to staple on to the plate. Let them at it. Have feathers, shapes that you cut out of color paper, markers that you can get at hobby lobby that wash off, glitter. They will sit there for a long time making them. Then have a contest and let them vote who has the best one and give a small prize. At Wal-Mart you can find cheap little party prizes. Also at the last Childs party they had the clothes pin game and the kids loved it. They put on clothes pins and if they say a word (make it simple like birthday or puppy) they lose the clothes pin to anyone who heard them. My grandson had a ball getting clothes pin and got a great prize after it was done (paper plane). The other game they played was they had a large mouth jar and they put a chair back wards the children had to kneel on the chair back wards and try to drop a clothes pin in to the jar. They had 4 clothes pins to work with and the one that got the most clothes pins in won. Simple things to do that will keep them busy. As for a cake make a round one and put animals along the side, use some lickerish and put behind the animal cracker. On top get a small dowel and put in the middle of cake and glue ribbon on to the dowel and run ribbon to the top of the lickerish, use a little frosting to glue the ribbon to the lickerish, and you have a marry-go-round. Hope this helps and have fun.

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D.M.

answers from Jacksonville on

We did a Princess / Dress up party for my daughter at 5. We already had all the Disney dress-up and just had her friends come over to paint nails, curl their hair and put some make-up on. I've also found that no matter how many games or activities you plan they are just as happy with other kids around to play with.

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T.F.

answers from Orlando on

Depends on what your daughter is into and how many people you plan to invite. My daughter was never really into the whole princess/tea party thing, but loves art. We invited just a few friends over and did art projects. You can get tons of ideas on line, or just go to a craft store like Michaels and buy little kits of things they can make. Also, a food "craft" is fun, too

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L.T.

answers from Pensacola on

check out these amazing sites...I confess I get all my ideas from here! heehee. great for budgets too!

birthdaypartyideas.com
coolest-kid-birthday-parties.com

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C.H.

answers from Fort Walton Beach on

My 5 year old wants to have tea party when she turns six...(not until Jan!). The girls can wear "fancy" clothes like play dress up clothes or even a pretty dress. Serve tea (lemonaide) in miniture tea cups, and they can even add their own sugar cubes. This can be really inexpensive and the girls will love it.

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D.S.

answers from Jacksonville on

C.,

We always do a simple craft to keep the kids occupied while everybody arives for the party. We purchase cups from Orential Trading Co. that each child can decorate with stickers or color. You can usually get about 12 cups for a small amout and they are made to be decorated. The best part is that the kids have a cup to drink out of at the party and each person knows if it is their cup or not. Another idea is to have them decorate thier own cupcake or cookie. Look into preboxed crafts at Michaels or again at Orential Trading Co. My daughter and I went to a girls b-day in a cute little shop and they had tons of dress up dresses and shoes for the girls to try on. They spent the majority of their time changing clothes, posing for pictures and looking at themselves in the mirror. Then they sat down at little tables with play tea party sets and had milk and cake. The milk was spilled everywhere and more iceing than cake got eaten but they had the best time.

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S.A.

answers from Tallahassee on

C.

Depending on how many children are coming I suggest a little arts and crafts!

Go to wal-mart to the arts/crafts isle. Look for the foam door knob hangers. Buy some foam letters/shapes that are like stickers. The kids can make their own door knob hangers. They even have foam visers/hats! Its really fun. We did this for a dinasour theme party for my stepson at his 4year old b-day party.

Pinata's are usually affordable and buy a bag of candy (mix) and just let the kids beat it! It'll be fun!

Good luck!

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K.L.

answers from Jacksonville on

We had a jungle party very low cost.We made hunders of feet of vines out of brown paper bag cut open and twisted then taped together.Then we sent her daddy out to cut palm frawns as decoration they are free,We also had the girls finger paint butterflies and stuck them up all over.We also made a snake cake out of two round bunt cakes cut in half and connected and made grass out of shredded coconut dyed green with food coloring.We had all the kids bring in jungle animal stuffed animals to put around they loved it.With all your outdoor play area that would be so easy and fun for the whole family.I hope she has a very happy birthday.

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M.A.

answers from Orlando on

This year for my granddaughters birthday, we held it at the local bowling alley. Cost included 3 games, all the soda they could drink and pizza plus the bowling alley cleaned up. Cost was about $4.00 per child. The kids had a fantastic time and we weren't stressed out at all - over 20 kids came! Can't beat it, best deal in town. Also, my granddaughter had so much fun, she wants her next party there again!

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K.S.

answers from Jacksonville on

Hi my name is K. and I also have a daughter turning 5 in July. We always have at home parties. My daughter Olivia is into Hanna Montana so we are doing a rock and roll party. On Oriental Trading they have those echo microphones 12 for $17. I am going to set up a little area for a stage with cd hanging around and make up a couple of costumes for them to wear for their performances, wig, makeup area, sparkly clothes (not trashy), etc. My husband is giong to record each child and download it on to a DVD to take home. I am also considering an area for making there own beaded jewlery. I live in Florida so in July I cannot tell you how hot it is and if there is a chance for rain I can bring it in. I always have plan B.
We have done a lot of really fun, not so expensive parties for her if you want to contact me personally you can email me [email protected]____.com this helps.

K.

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E.H.

answers from Pensacola on

Hi C.,
If your girl is a "girlie girl" how about a dres-up tea party? Have all the girls, or boys, bring all their favorite dress-up clothes to share and serve pink lemonade and cute cookies! Some of the local tea shops in the area do this but it is really expensive...why not do your own?

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T.A.

answers from Daytona Beach on

One idea is to hide roast peanuts still in the shell either inside or outside. if you're hiding 50, be sure to count them once found so you can let them know if there's more out there. Have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and have prizes. Or you can dump pennies in the sand box for them to dig and find - might be messy tho. Treasure hunts are the best tho. Charades: have little cards with an animal written on it. put them in the bag. Have each child grab one out and they have to pantomine it out and girls against the boys or whatever - teams and prizes.
Good Luck. T.

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S.K.

answers from Jacksonville on

Good morning! I don't know what you budget is but have you checked out PARTY ANIMALZ:The Stuff & Fluff Workshop? Would be great for for your daughter and her friends plus it provides the entertainment and the kids take it home so there's no loot bags to make either (whoever started the whole loot bag thing anyway?)

Just a suggestion:)

~S.

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M.R.

answers from Orlando on

I would suggest you calling Butterfly Dreams, all types of theme parties from a character visit to princess, stuff the bear parties and there prices are good, they come to you.
Her no is ###-###-#### or look at there website:
www.butterflydreamsparty.com
You can also look up mamasource under local business, then under events, you will see many good references.
They are great.I hope this helps
good luck

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S.M.

answers from Jacksonville on

Birthday parties have always been a big event around here. But over the years it seemed to become more about the people than the kids. And more adults.... So a couple of years ago when my daughter turned 4 we decided to have a slumber party... It was the BEST party she had ever had. She choses a theme; then it was Supergirl last year was the little mermaid. And because there are only 6 girls verses 30 kids (kids and siblings) we get nicer party favors. She helps me make the cake and we just order pizza or make ff and chx nuggets.. Kids friendly food. And most of which I already have in my freezer. And as for the games all the girls care to do is play dress up and play with each other. The only thing that needs to be done is dinner, cake, presents and breakfast other than that they are just excited to play with each other. I pass out the party favors as everyone leaves the next morning. It is the easiest and best. Plus I love not fussing over a big party. This way gives me more quality time with my baby on her special day. This year I may pick her friends up and take them to the movies then bring them home for the slumber...I feel like it is us as parents that tend to over do everything (parties) The one's I remember most when I was little was where it was just me and my family.. Now I do have a BIG family, So on her actual B-day we along with her aunts, uncles and grandparents go out to eat and they give her their presents then. Plus it makes them feel good because they are not having to fight for her attention.

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J.B.

answers from Ocala on

The good ole' fashion games always seem to work well. Pin the tail on the donkey (or super hero), bobbing for apples, hay rides with a riding lawmower and small trailor. . .

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J.K.

answers from Jacksonville on

A friend of mine just had a party for her little girl and it worked great depending on the size of your party. She only had 5 little girls over and she premade small heart-shaped cakes (using large muffin tins) and then let the girls decorate them. Good luck!

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M.K.

answers from Jacksonville on

Hello,5 is awesome!! especially for a little girl,and the idea i would recommend is do a princess party or a bratz party and you don't have to spend afortune,if she has a pair of those boots all little girls love,those would be great because you can look at the boots that chloe has,and fix her hair like them and and have the other girls dress like a bratz doll(alomst like a costume party)but for girls....another idea is a tye die party,with all the bright colors,and her cake could be a mixture of the tye dye colors,or a bunch of flowers with different colors like daisies and etc..

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E.P.

answers from Orlando on

I highly recommend looking through http://www.birthdayideas.com/BirthdayIdeas.html. I've used it to plan 3 parties. I've found that you have to read through many and just pick out the ideas that work for you. Have fun!

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A.B.

answers from Pensacola on

Hi C.!

How about making cupcakes and letting them decorate their own?

Also, Hobby Lobby has a clearance section with foam crafts all packaged for a project - like they can decorate their own door hangers, etc.

Party City has some good books for party game ideas...or just google them - kids are easy to entertain without spending money.

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C.R.

answers from Orlando on

Yes I have some ideas. I've raised two girls and two boys and enjoyed putting together fun, memorable yet inexpensive parties.

One was a ballerina party. They all wore tights and various outfits. I remember bringing out a bunch of scarves. I put on some classical music and they all 'danced' (sorta). They all took it to heart and were very serious and also giggly about the whole thing. Play, Pin the crown on the babllerina. get some ballet books from library for everyone to look at. also, check out some ballet movies and show a clip or two.

another one was a doll party. They each brought their fav doll,at the time, most of them brougth american girl dolls. I set up a small breakfast tray on the floor with a couple small tea sets that our girls already had and put all the dolls around the teaset for their very own tea party.

High teas were one of the favorite parties I had for girls. had several for them, starting at four years old. Key to this with younger girls is smaller party. I think I had about six at first four year old party. the girls LOVED dressing up, wearing pearls, their best shoes, etc. Used glass plates. Always did this and nothing ever broke. of course, i didn't use best china. served tea with lots of milk and sugar or allowed girls just to have milk in their teacups. made table fancy. the 'ladies' acted accordingly. menu: tea sandwiches. had pbj, cream cheese and strawberry, honey and pb; might have had one tradtional high tea sandwich like chix or egg salad. scones, shortbread...which i have the easiest and best recipe if you want. some simple, non messy fruit, etc.

Well, there is a beginning. if you decide on one, I can give some more ideas for it.

Mainly, decide what kind of theme your daughter likes.

hope these are helpful.

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M.D.

answers from Panama City on

For our five year old we had her party at the local park, it is huge and lots of stuff to do. We set everything at one of the tables and there was even a bathroom. Clean up was a brezze.

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R.R.

answers from Daytona Beach on

When my daughter turned 5 we had a Teddy bear tea party. We asked her friends to dress up, hats and all, and bring along their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal. It was a lot of fun. We served tea, finger sandwiches, and finger jello that was cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters. A teddy bear was the table centerpiece with five balloons tied to his paw. A tea pot full of flowers would be cute, too. Games played were pin the tail on the Teddy Bear, Guess the flavor or color of the gummie bear while blind folded. Guess the number of gummie bears in the jar. Whatever you decide, have fun! They grow up too fast! That same daughter will be getting married next spring--any suggestion for an economical wedding?(ha,ha)

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A.W.

answers from Fort Walton Beach on

Hi C.,
For my 4 yr old daughter we did crafts and the girls really seemed to enjoy it if the weather is not cooperating. Also we played a water balloon toss and the winner got a little prize (the dollar store). The scavenger hunt idea is excellent though and I think I will use that this year! For the most part they were just happy running around playing on the swing set and running through the sprinklers. My daughters b-day was in June and it was HOT!
Take care,
A.

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P.E.

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How about a Dora The Explorer party? You can set up the table for the cake and presents at one end of the yard and make them go through 3 little obsticle courses like on the show. you can go to nickjr.com for party decoration print outs etc. and other ideas related to the show for the party. We did this with our daughters Birthday last year and it was a huge success!

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