Every year we struggle with the same dilemma: how do we celebrate each other (especially our kids) on our birthdays without breaking the bank? Not only that, but we want to get creative and celebrate our kids’ individuality.
One challenge we always face is where to gather. It can be super expensive to rent space and if your home isn’t big enough, having people over might not be an option.
This year, we’ve discovered some really economical and unconventional birthday party ideas, and it’s my pleasure to share them with you today!
Unconventional Birthday Party Ideas
Limo Ride around Nashville
– Spend time together touring the city and work in a scavenger hunt or even a photo scavenger hunt. You can also eat inside the limo, cutting down on food costs. We found a great VIP Kids’ Birthday Party Experience through All Stars Limousines and they couldn’t have been more accommodating. Tell them Sami sent you for a special discount!
Meet up at a favorite counter service restaurant
– You don’t have to pay for space and it’s up to you whether to pay for meals or not (if child’s party, pay for other kids; if an adult party, just ask your friends to meet you and share a meal). My son’s favorite place is Blaze Pizza so we gathered some friends and went to Blaze for a nice Birthday meal.
– Ask friends (young & old) to join you for a class, like cooking or art. For cooking, find free kids’ classes at Williams Sonoma or reasonable ones at the Art Institute or even Whole Foods. Then just bring cake for after you finish your culinary creations!
Camping (Even in the backyard)
– All you need is a tent or a sheet to hang over you. You don’t even need to spend the night outside if you have younger kids, but you can still take advantage of all the fun parts, like roasting S’mores & hotdogs.
– One mom recently got tickets for her and 4 of her son’s friends to go to a Vanderbilt basketball game; even with concessions, it was still less than $100. Another adult friend of ours bought tickets for everyone for the outfield of a Nashville Sounds game and just provided brownies & fun!
Partner with a Community Event/Festival
– Something fun going on around your birthday? Have everyone meet up at that festival!
Come back to watch my segment on the same topic from Talk of the Town.