Seeking Ideas, Advice for a 5 Year Old Boy, at Home Birthday Party

Updated on April 18, 2009
E.E. asks from Saint Charles, MO
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My son will be turning 5 in about a month. I want to have his birthday party at home this year. I am looking for some fun ideas for games and things to keep 5yr olds happy and occupied. Have any of you given parties that were a hit with the kids. Also any ideas for goodie bags??
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A.P.

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Pick a theme and go to http://www.birthdaypartyideas.com/. I've planned a pirate party and an army party using ideas from this site. It's great!

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D.H.

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Go to www.birthdayexpress.com for you goodie bags...the prices are great. They used to have ideas also for games and crafts. We used them when my girls were younger for themed parties and was never dissappointed. Good luck and God Bless.

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K.C.

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We always to a pull pinata (a lot less dangerous than the ones you hit). It doesn't use a lot of time, but our boys always love scurring for the candy. I buy our pinatas online, but you can find them at Walmart. Make sure they are the ones with a lot of strings hanging down.

God bless!

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T.M.

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There was a mother just above you that asked about an 8 year old, she had lots of good ideas, look there.

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M.M.

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At home parties are always fun, especially if the weather is nice & they can run around outside. My son & his friends always enjoy playing with water balloons - have a toss or aim at a target, love chasing each other with that silly string stuff, or even play tag or chase with water guns. They, also, love making their own ice cream sundaes with lots of yummy candy toppings available. Pinatas are always a huge hit. Kids love taking home candy - and, glow sticks also make great favors, as do bouncy balls, crazy straws, etc. You could, also, have a pizza & movie party & rent a popular recent kid's flick. If it is warm enough out, kids also love playing in water sprinklers, slip & slides, etc. Good luck!

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M.J.

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http://www.birthdaypartyideas.com/

I have used several ideas from this website over the past couple of years... choose something your son is interested and then look at ideas for several parties with the same theme-- then mix it up for a great party of your own! I have had GREAT success doing this- for my boys' and girls' parties!!

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C.S.

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Hi E.,
My son turns five in July, but I've been thinking about ideas too.
Last year I asked Sam to choose who he wanted to invite. He picked just two friends, but only one could come. He still had fun! We shopped together for his little party (My husband and I invited another family over who had two older kids. We've been friends for years and Sam has spent a lot of time with their kids.), bought each child some chalk to use outside, noise makers (also for outside ha ha), and then Sam picked his theme for paper products. On that day, he played with his friend with his toys, they ran around outside blowing their noise makers like crazy, and had fun eating hotdogs and cake!
I know, this was rather low key, but I guess I'm that kind of planner. :) The adults all enjoyed relaxing and talking while the boys played like crazy!
I know that's not much of an idea, but maybe something low key would work for your son too, so long as he gets to choose his friends and games. :)
C.

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K.B.

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Hi E.,
My kids love races. Balloon races, egg races, hop in a flour sack. lol How bout some custom cupcakes for your party. www.crumbscustomcupcakes.com

Thanks,
K.

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C.S.

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My son turned 5 in March and we had eight boys at our house for a Scooby-doo mystery party. We read lots of great ideas on the internet for coming up with a great mystery for the boys to solve while playing games to figure out the clues. The boys had a great time solving the mystery! It kept them busy and they all had fun. We bought Scooby-doo fruit snacks and Scooby-Doo crackers to include in their goodie bags.

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C.W.

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When we have no money, we did an overnight....Ordered pizza & if you are ordering a decent number you can ask them for a special!! Then my son picked out his favorite cake flavor and icing flavor, then I bought a mix and a couple bags of candy and let the boys make the cake and decorate it themselves. They LOVED it! It was the activity and the cake all in one! Plus with them being overnight, they then ate left over cake & pizza for breakfast & I had no left overs once everyone left. My son loved this idea so much that he did it three years in a row! it was also fairly inexpensive, I think I spent $50. altogether!

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L.B.

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The game where you pass things with your neck only. Carry an egg with a spoon. Pop a balloon with your rear. Drop a clothespin standing up from your nose into a jar. Pin the tail on the anything.

fun pads, pencils, candy, pencil sharpeners, mini flash-lights, mini pads of paper, yoyos, McDonalds gift cert., etc...

God Bless,
L.

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S.D.

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I did my daughters Vday party at school. The kids had a blast with the M&M race. You give them some M&M's (I did 5) a straw and a small cup (I used the dixie cups that my kids use for brushing their teeth) They use the straw to "suck up" the M&M (it is too big to actually go UP the straw it sticks to the end) Have a race to see who can get their M&M's (or whatever small candy you want) into the cup. It's easy, quick, the kids have a blast, and it doesn't take hardly anything to set up OR clean up. We did it a few times and they loved it. Also you can have a balloon race...have two teams (or if you have enough room or go outside each can race for themselves) they put a blown up balloon between their knees and race...its hilarious and again quick and easy.

Have fun and Happy Bday to your little one!!