Nowadays, the parties are themed at home spending tons of money or have to be held somewhere like Chuck E. Cheese or My Girly Party. I think if you have boys, you're going to get off a little cheaper than girls. If you go to Chuck E. Cheese and have the "super" package, it's 16.99 per child, minimum of 4 kids. If you go to My Girly Party, it's $250 for up to 8 girls. Seriously, if you're spending that much money on a child under the age of 5, you need therapy.
For my granddaughter, we did the Chuck E. Cheese thing a few years ago for Bryanna's 2nd birthday (which she won't remember but I have a lot of pictures and a lot less money). For her 3rd birthday, it was more low key at a clubhouse and her 4th birthday was at a restaurant.
My personal tips for kids birthday parties:
- Don't spend a lot of money until after age 5. They won't remember it.
- Pick a theme of their favorite character and go wild at the Dollar Store
- Create gift bags for attendees by going to the Dollar Store and picking up cheap toys
- Kids love pinatas and it wears them out
- For kids 7-10, go old school. Have them do a 3-legged race, potato sack race, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, etc. and have prizes for the winners. The kids will love it AND get worn out.
- Take a lot of pictures, but remember to put names of attendees on it (tag it) whatever, asap or else you'll forget who some of those people were LOL