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Over-the-top Birthday Party Ideas on a Budget

Every kid wants a grand birthday party; as parents, we want to give them the world. However, throwing a grand birthday party comes with massive expenses. This doesn’t mean you can’t throw an over-the-top birthday party for your child.

With just a few simple tweaks and some creative thinking, your kid can have the birthday party of their dreams, and that too, without breaking your bank account. So, mamas, gear up and take note of these over-the-top birthday party ideas you can plan on a budget.

1. Puppy party

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Does your little one love puppies? Then why not invite the four-legged friends to your kid’s outdoor birthday party? No, we are not talking about booking an agency for the same. We suggest asking your friends (if they are pet parents) to bring their furry friends to the party (only if they are friendly with kids).

Holding the birthday party outdoors is key to nailing this over-the-top event. As an added precaution, you can rent/buy or use your dog’s playpen to stop them from running all over your backyard. This would be especially helpful when you lay out the food (because not every pet is equally trained around human food). Your kids will love this surprise!

2. World on the platter party

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If your teen is influenced by their friend’s over-the-top party and wants to celebrate their birthday with something similar, this is a great budget-friendly idea to celebrate their day. Ask some of your close friends to make one or two traditional dishes from their native country and bring them to the party. With food being the highlight, this will be similar to a potluck party.

If that’s impossible, grab some recipes for popular items from a few different countries (you can easily find them online). Alternatively, you can buy them from nearby restaurants to offer your guests an unforgettable food experience and support some local businesses simultaneously.

For instance, based on your budget, you can get sushi to represent Japan, pizza (even if it is not authentic) for Italy, chicken tikka masala for India, etc. You can also try to make some of these dishes at home if you have time. Either have separate counters for each country or club them together on one table with placards. This birthday party will surely be memorable!

3. Grand fake cake party

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Every child loves cake. The bigger the cake, the better! However, multitiered cakes are expensive. So, what do you do if your child asks for a big cake on their birthday? Well, you fake it, of course. Use fake cakes (made of Styrofoam) in one or two tiers and top it with the original cake. Just make sure the fake cake has designs similar to the real one.

Now, blow out the candle, cut a piece of cake for the birthday boy/girl, and take the rest to the kitchen to cut and distribute among the guests. There are a few bakers that sell gorgeous fake cakes, so they will ensure with their expertise that your kiddo never gets to know the entire cake isn’t real. However, you can also DIY them if you have the time and skill.

If your heart doesn’t agree with this idea, you can still make the cake stand out with animal-shaped cakes, photo cakes, or burn-away cakes (one of the latest birthday cake trends). If you are planning to get the burn-away cake, ensure kids are at a safe distance until the flames subside.

4. Pool party

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If you have a pool in your backyard or your close friend has one, use it to your advantage and celebrate your munchkin’s birthday with a grand pool party. Ask the kids to bring their swimming costumes, throw in some floaters, arrange snacks and drink holders, put on some music, decorate the pool area, and there you have it – an over-the-top party within your budget. You can also rent inflatable pools for younger kids (think toddlers and kids who haven’t learned how to swim). This is an excellent birthday party idea for the summer.

5. Disco party

Some disco balls, metallic balloon walls, disco songs, and finger foods are all you need for this birthday party. Try to keep it in the late evening for the disco vibe. You can also ask your guests to wear costumes for the retro feel. We guarantee your guests will have a gala dancing the night away!

So, which of these over-the-top birthday party ideas will you choose for your kid’s big day? Do let us know in the comment section below. All of these will be a hit among the kids and adults alike.

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