As many of you know from our Green Birthday platform on Enviromom, we're fans of simple birthday parties that generate little waste and are gift free. But we do want the birthday parties to be fun, and the idea of not having it at home is appealing (the cleaning, the planning, the potential chaos of a bunch of grade schoolers hopped up on a sugar high...). But, oh, the cost of birthday entertainers and destination parties! Magicians, puppeteers, gymnastics studios -- they all cost an awful lot. We dream of one of those lovely, low-key summer parties in a public park. Some home-made cupcakes, a big play structure, and voila! Kids are playing and having a blast. But that's just dreaming since Heather has a November birthday to contend with, and I have a January.
One friend summed it up nicely: either you pay in money (i.e., destination or entertainer) or you pay in time (planning, cleaning, creativity, etc.). Does anyone have any great low-cost birthday party ideas to share, especially for non-summer birthdays?