Kid’s birthday parties can be memorable without breaking your family’s budget. I planned a superhero mermaid birthday party for my 4-year-old daughter complete with treats, a tiered birthday cake and cute mermaid paper crafts. These creative birthday ideas cost practically nothing other than a box of cake mix and some colored card stock.
Make a Tiered Birthday Cake
My daughter envisioned a multi-layer mermaid cake to celebrate her birthday. We made a ocean-inspired 2-tiered birthday cake for less than $15. Easily whip up 2 boxes of cake mix and bake 4 cake layers to make the tiers. You can mix white frosting with food coloring to create any color of decorative icing. A creative birthday cake is simple to make, inexpensive to bake and fun to design yourself!
Plan a Simple Kids’ Paper Craft
We made cute paper mermaid characters using our printable template and a little creativity. You can use custom designed paper mermaid characters as party decor or as an easy kids’ party craft. Get the printable template and learn how to make these paper mermaids here (superhero masks optional).
Mix and Match Healthy & Sweet Party Treats
Our party snack buffet table included healthy snacks and sweet treats alongside each other. We paired fresh broccoli and carrot sticks with yummy ranch dip and fresh fruit with chocolate dip. This diverse party snack spread was a deliciously colorful assortment.
Create a Simple Party Plan
I’ve planned a handful of kid’s parties now and I’ve learned that I don’t need to pack the party schedule to host a successful party. Once we’ve welcomed our guests, the kids usually like to play and then it’s time for treats! After a game or two or a simple kids’ craft, it’s time to enjoy the birthday cake and open presents. Before you know it, 2 hours have passed and it’s time to go home.
2 Hour Kid’s Party Schedule
- Welcome guests
- Play time indoors or outdoors
- Enjoy party snacks & treats
- Do a simple kids’ craft or party game
- Sing Happy Birthday and have cake & ice cream
- Open presents
- Say thank yous and goodbyes!
Birthday parties don’t need to be complex to make your child feel special. Kids just like to have fun with their friends. These easy kids’ party ideas can be customized to fit any party theme and they’re easy to clean up so both you and your child will enjoy the celebration.
Katie enjoys all things creative; DIY projects, photography, decorating and family adventures. She feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with 3 kids and many artistic outlets.