Birthday parties for a 6-year-old can become expensive events. Parties can include food, cake, games, favors and entertainment. Whether you invite the entire class or just your child's friends, you can plan a party that is fun and cheap -- without looking cheap.Talk to your child and decide on a theme. Use do-it-yourself ideas; have the party in your home; visit dollar store and discount stores; and use the Internet to create a one-of-a-kind birthday party for your 6-year-old without breaking the bank.
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Set a budget. Before you start planning, decide on how much money you are willing to spend on your 6-year-old's birthday party.
Have your party at home or at a park. This will drastically cut the cost. If your child's birthday is in the summer, have the party outside or rent a picnic pavilion -- secure a pavilion for a small fee.
Use inexpensive decorations. Children want to have fun. They don't care if you purchase expensive or cheap balloons. Visit a dollar store for plenty of inexpensive decorations. If your child wants a themed birthday -- such as a cartoon or movie character, purchase a few key decorations with the character on them. Use solid plates and balloons that coordinate with the characters.
Buy inexpensive foods. Buy in bulk for a large party. Purchase hamburgers, hot dogs and chips. They are easier to prepare and eat. Plus, most children eat hamburgers and hot dogs. Buy a few cases of soda or juice drinks.
Make a cake. Cakes at a bakery can be expensive. Make your own cake or cupcakes for a fraction of the cost. If you bake cupcakes, leave them plain, purchase decorating supplies and turn a portion of the party into a cupcake-decorating session.
Look online for party games. Choose games that require minimal expenses and equipment. Consider playing Hot Potato, Limbo -- to popular kid's music, Duck, Duck, Goose and Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
Purchase inexpensive prizes and party favors. Check out dollar stores or discount stores for small items -- including coloring books, pencils, markers, nail polish and small toy cars.