Fun (and Easy) Indoor Parties

If your child has a winter birthday and you can't stand the thought of another birthday party at a fast food establishment, take heart. Just because the weather outside is frightful, you don't have to despair of throwing your child a memorable party that will be easy on your house, your budget, and your sanity. And one that will make the most important day of your child's year everything that it should be. Here are four different party ideas that have been successes for other parents.

Sports Party
• "We have 8-year-old twins who love sports. For their last birthday, we had a great party with a sports theme. Our main attraction was baseball card bingo -- each child took nine cards and arranged them in a square. We had all the names on the cards written down for the "caller." We made invitations on the computer that looked like baseball game tickets. We served hot dogs wrapped in foil, root beer (from bottles) and peanuts. My husband walked around with a tray like an old fashioned vendor. The kids loved it!"
~ Parent Soup member my3sns, Missouri

• "Sounds like a great party! If anyone else wants to try this, you could also have the kids decorate baseball caps. Your local craft store will have plain white canvas baseball caps. The boys can decorate their own cap with puff paints, feathers or beads. I have three boys and they love this activity.
~ Karen, Colorado

Slumber Party
• "My friend did a really great party for his daughter when she turned 9. It's slightly expensive, but there's no cleanup involved. He and his wife booked two rooms in their local Marriott Hotel on the "Weekend Break" room rate. Each room was $59 and included a buffet breakfast. His daughter invited four friends who were dropped off at the hotel in the afternoon.  First, the girls went swimming in the indoor pool. Then back to the room for pizza delivered by the local pizza parlor and then a movie purchased through the room's satellite system. Then all the girls slept in one room and my friend and his wife slept in the connecting room. So, for around $140 they had a pool/pizza/movie/slumber party and their house was untouched."
~ Karen, Colorado

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