Birthday parties on a budget

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If you are getting ready to throw a birthday party for one of your children, the planning and expense may be giving you some stress.  How many guests?  What kind of entertainment?  For young kids, you already know that you DON'T have to have a clown AND a magician AND a bounce house AND invite the entire neighborhood to the party.  Who says you even have to have more than half a dozen guests? 

One the best parties my mom threw for me was a sleepover for my 16th birthday.  I think there were 4 girls invited.  We ordered in pizza and then ate homemade brownies while we watched rented movies and talked about boys... and stayed up half the night.  The next morning my mom made pancakes before my friends went home. 

Here are some planning ideas that may make your next birthday party easier on everyone in the family!