How do you celebrate a kid's birthday?

By Ley
@dsw313 (321)
Philippines
August 10, 2012 11:27pm CST
My sweet little daughter will have her 4th birthday this coming Tuesday, August 14. We are telling her that we are not going to celebrate it now because we don't have money to spend unlike before, and the good thing is at her very young age she didn't complain, as if she already understand. She'll just tell me, "Mom, in case you have, I want a spaghetti and a yellow cake (her fave color). We are secretly planning to have a simple celebration at the beach so that they can enjoy swimming and playing in the sand. Guys, what else can you suggest or what else have you done to celebrate a very simple, less expensive but memorable birthday of someone you love dearly? :)
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17 responses
@glowin55 (10)
• United States
12 Aug 12
Since you are going to the beach why not have the kids collect sea shells and you can spell out happy birthday in the sand! Sand castles are always fun to make. Bring empty cups and small cans a 4 year old can hold. Girls also love Tea Parties. Set up tables with cups and saucers and little snack plates. Invite the stuff animals and dolls too! I know small children also like stickers. They are not very expensive and will keep girls entertained for hours. Make yellow cupcakes and let kids decorate the cakes. Messy but fun!
12 Aug 12
nice idea brother,
@dsw313 (321)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
HAHAHA this idea is cute and fun for the little girls! Thanks!
@GemmaR (8527)
11 Aug 12
You don't have to spend all that much money for a young child to be able to have a special day that she will remember. The things that she has asked for seem to be relatively simple, so you can probably afford those. With regards to the beach, you could invite some of her friends and their families and ask them to bring a picnic with them so that you can play. If everyone brings some games to play as well then you would have an even better time. You could take things like frisbees, footballs and cricket sets so that all of the children are able to have some good fun.
12 Aug 12
nice idea
@dsw313 (321)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
Yes it is very simple and she's a very sweet little girl too, and I don't want to spoil her little wish. We would like it to be simple as much as possible and because the beach is just a 20 mins. away from our house, it is a good idea to bond together. Thanks :)
@thanks1961 (7049)
• India
12 Aug 12
Happy birth day in advance to your child Even I got 2 children, a son and daughter. Not so small, 15 & 13 years. My daughter is so keen to celebrate a month back and start count down the numbers then. She want Chicken fried rice and Chicken Manchurian, that's all. As now they are grown up, we wont invite anyone. Buy a cake and prepare some sweet dish and some additional items. Yes, she is particular to get some gift too. Any way, my son and wife will get a surprise gift also. And my son also the same way, while my daughter will make arrangements to get a nice gift for him also. As you said, for the last 3-4 years I was facing tough times and didn't celebrate as they liked. But when they were the age of 5-6 and those time I used to call their friends and other children at home and used to give party on their b'days.
@dsw313 (321)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
Thanks for the greetings! how much you spent is not that important but how you celebrate it with your family that really counts! I don't want to spoil her no matter how sweet she is :) because I want her to live her life to be thankful for what she have. Simple but memorable. :) Thanks
@kaka135 (13483)
• Malaysia
12 Aug 12
Maybe you can make some toys for her by yourself, using paper, cloth, or any materials you can find at home. This is less expensive, and the child will always love it, as it's filled with mommy's love. You can always search online for any ideas or tutorials. You can also think of some games for the children to play at the beach.
@dsw313 (321)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
we use to make paper toys, and she's enjoying it. :) Thanks!
• United States
12 Aug 12
Everyone celebrates birthdays different. For my birthday as a kid it was no chores on birthday, birthday spanking, cake and ice cream, presents, and getting to stay up later than normal. For my friend's kids it's presents, cake and ice cream, and going out to eat wherever they want to.
@dsw313 (321)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
She loves cakes and spaghetti, it just simple as that. Hope she'll enjoy it :)
@dorannmwin (36697)
• United States
12 Aug 12
Well, I do think that the simple meal of spaghetti and a yellow cake is something that you can do for her because the meal choice is inexpensive and also baking a cake from scratch is something that doesn't cost much at all. In addition to that, making sure that you spend plenty of quality time with her and take a lot of pictures at the beach gathering will be really good as well. For a child that young, it would be perfectly memorable to have a cake and ice cream and a day out with the family.
@dsw313 (321)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
HAHAHA, She didn't requested for ice cream because she know it will trigger her tonsillitis, but a little will not harm her, just to enjoy. She's a sweet child and I want it memorable for her. Thanks!
• China
12 Aug 12
One family go to the playground to play with her,she will be very happy.
@dsw313 (321)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
Thanks! :)
@YUSLIA (8)
12 Aug 12
may be you could ask to go to orphanage, so it can better understand life, what do you think ?
@dsw313 (321)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
Yeah, that's a good idea, but I don't think a 4 yr old girl will understand it at her very young age. But will consider that for the future, so that she'll know how many little kids are needing so much love.
@lampar (7597)
• United States
11 Aug 12
Probably take her and few of her close friends to a beach for a fun day playing water and sand under the sun is simple and not expensive for you. You only have to spend several hours of yours day; prepare some sandwiches and soft drinks along with your trip in this simple and yet meaningful day of her. You can thank me later for coming out with this wonderful suggestion here, it is not such a big deal after all.
@dsw313 (321)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
Yeah you're right, Thank u so much, and to think that the beach is only 20mins travel away from our house, they will surely enjoy this one. bonding with little friends :)
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
11 Aug 12
Can you have a bond fire at the beach. if you can then have marshmallows to roast and after it gets dark enough that the starts are out give her her very own star. We used to take one of my granddaughters out so she could see the stars and repeat the nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle little star How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky
@dsw313 (321)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
She loves singing Twinkle, twinkle little stars. And that'll be a great idea, just have barbecue, marshmallows and some foods will be awesome, Thanks!
@youless (87137)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Aug 12
Your child is very sweet. I don't want to spoil my child. So usually I will not make a big celebration to his birthday. Most of the time I will buy him a small cake with a birthday gift to celebrate it. He is already happy to it. I don't want to make a party to it. I love China
@dsw313 (321)
• Philippines
14 Aug 12
Yes, Thank you. :) She is very sweet and will always tell me "Mommy, I love you" although I don't want to spoil her by giving a big celebration or spending a lot of money because she will get use to it when growing up and that's not good. We only want to make it simple with our family. :)
• Philippines
11 Aug 12
Although I not yet have a child, but I have few nephews and nieces who actually enjoy their birthday celebration by giving them present gift a simple toys or clothes will make them happy, but in your part you want to celebrate her birthday in the beach that would be great too. I suggest you to buy fishes and broil/grill it beside the beach I think it would be a memorable birthday your daughter. And want to say happy birthday to her! Good Luck and Good Day! :))
@dsw313 (321)
• Philippines
11 Aug 12
Thank you so much, we will definitely do that, grill some pork/bbq/fishes and have her request, spaghetti and cake, it'll be simple for the family but will be memorable for her. Thanks!
@emdjay23 (1575)
• Philippines
11 Aug 12
I don't have any kids yet but we are able to celebrate my niece's birthday with less expensive party. Her mom decided to go on a zoo and right after that my niece played at one of the biggest playground for children. she was so happy then we prepare some food for picnicin that playground, we just serve spaghetti, cake, pizza and fried chicken. That's it..My niece was so happy at that time. Less expensive but wonderful experience.
@dsw313 (321)
• Philippines
11 Aug 12
great idea, we are planning that too, but not for her birthday, i think it'll be on sembreak/vacation, we are too far from the city about 5-6hours travel, but we are looking forward to go to a zoo in a couple of months. :)
@comike8 (59)
• Philippines
16 Sep 12
for reasonable kid's celebration, i make sure big celebration when kid celebrate 1st and 7th birthday, graduations and 12nd birthday. that days are special for the child. and the rest is simple celebration.
• Philippines
15 Sep 12
We used to have grand celebrations for my only daughter when blessings were still abundant. Lately, when life is tough we just give her simple celebrations as going to the beach with immediate family members only, a picnic in a park, or going to the mall to eat and buy her a new toy or any simple thing she wants to have. I am also blessed to have a good daughter like yours who never complains and understands our situation at her young age.
@mythociate (13903)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
16 Aug 12
Do you have any family nearby that can help you with the food and the guests (the party's no fun without her little cousins and friends there to share it!)
@YUSLIA (8)
12 Aug 12
you cant make it feel you attention ...simple but interesting