Where was it written in the “Handbook to American Culture” that we need to spend a lot of money to have fun or make someone feel special?
I’m not convinced that kids need fancy (read: expensive) birthday celebrations in order to feel special. Celebrating the birthday child? Important. Spending my monthly grocery budget to do so? Notsomuch. Here are a few ideas for a frugal birthday celebration.
Allow the birthday child to plan the day’s menu. Every kid has their favorite foods. Today is the day to make a meal just for them. Funny thing is, they’ll likely pick something less labor intensive than your normal fare. My girl? “Cereal and blueberry muffins for breakfast, please. Grilled hamburgers for supper.” I can swing that!
Write a Happy Birthday message in sidewalk chalk to welcome the birthday child home from school. Not only will she have fun stepping on each letter on her walk home, but her friends will enjoy the view, too.
Hang a Happy Birthday banner overnight. It’s fun to wake up to a birthday surprise first thing in the morning!
Send a note in the birthday child’s school bag or lunch box (or both). Maybe write a note for each year of their new age, with “time to be opened” instructions written on the front. If you want to get really creative, insert a photo of her at each age with every note.
Pick some wildflowers or cut some from your garden to brighten up the table. Place birthday cards around the vase.
Make cupcakes and arrange them in the celebrated age. Cupcakes can easily be served as the base of strawberry short cake, alongside ice cream, or as a special treat all their own.
Whether you’re strapped for cash or just desire to live simply, frugal birthday celebrations are a great place to start. What low-or-no cost things do you do to make someone’s birthday special?
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