Birthday Bashes That Won't Bust Your Wallet
Make your kids feel special without an annual bank loan
By Sophie Goldstein,  Newser User
Posted Sep 17, 2007 10:06 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Six Flags for 50 kids is out of reach for most parents, no matter how appreciative the 1-year-old. MSNBC tells how to give your kid a bash without unending bills:

  1. Set a budget and share it with your kid
  2. Keep the party small, especially for tots
  3. Work with your kid on party ideas

  1. Keep food simple
  2. Keep decorations minimal
  3. Plan around an activity, like dress-up or sandcastle building
  4. Host at home
  5. Team up with other parents for a bigger bash
  6. Squirrel away presents over time to avoid massive expense
  7. Find alternatives to presents, i.e. special privileges or traditions