It’s no surprise that most families prefer celebrating birthdays at home. It’s a great way to save money and you can pretty much do whatever you want as far as decorations and activities. Your home is a blank canvas, so take advantage and create an atmosphere that you child and his or her guests won’t soon forget! All it takes is a few ideas and some imagination to build the perfect party in your home! Here are some ideas to help you get started:

At-Home Birthday Party Ideas

Carnival Party: Send out ticket-style invites to your party guests for a “birthday carnival.” Spruce up the party area with bright-colored balloons, streamers and decorations. Put together game booths for the kids to play in the backyard using sheets and blankets. For a small game area, all you need to do is use large cardboard boxes. You can have a prize duck pond or tin can shootout using empty soda cans and water guns. If you want, you can even go all-out by renting a popcorn machine, cotton candy machine and/or snow cone maker. For party favors, you can give out plush animals, inflatable toys and clown-themed toys.

Solid Color Party: What’s your child’s favorite color? Use that as inspiration and build the whole party around that color. From balloons to streamers, any decoration can be a variation of that color. Send out invites, lay out tablecloths, even paint faces in you child’s favorite hue. Instead of pin the tail on the donkey, play a game of pin the color on the color wheel! Just print a color wheel and print the coordinating color wedges with each child’s name on a wedge. The child who pins the wedge closest to the spot where it belongs wins the game.

Glow Party: What child wouldn’t have a blast at a glow-in-the-dark party? For the best results, this type of party should be help in the evening or at night. You can send out a glow-in-the-dark necklace with each invitation that you send out and tell you guests to wear white or neon-colored clothing (it will look really cool come party time!). To execute the party, all you have to do is place black butcher paper on all of the windows to make the party area super dark and hang several black lights around the party area. Have a glow-in-the-dark party hunt by hiding different items that glow and have the children go on a search for them. The child who finds the most items wins the hunt and an additional party prize!

Scavenger Party: It’s rare to come across a child who doesn’t enjoy a good ole fashion scavenger hunt, so this is a perfect them for your kid’s birthday party. Divide the children into teams and make sure you have one or two adults to go with each team (safety first!). Always plan scavenger hunts in well-known neighborhoods, as well – it will let the parents of the guests feel much better. After everyone arrives to the party, give each team a list of 25 random items, such as a purple hairbrush, a roll of paper towels, an old hat or a dollar bill. The first team to go out and collect 20 of the 25 items on their list wins the scavenger hunt! For a stay-at-home hunt, a nature hunt is a great way to go.  The items should be things that the children can find outside like twigs, rocks, and leaves.

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