Posts Tagged ‘Birthday Party’

Our Birthday Party Directory

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Stumped for birthday party ideas this year? You are in luck because we have pulled a list of great places that you can have your next child’s birthday party at. I have created a directory of places that offer children’s birthday parties. Why, you might ask? Well, I had a hard time finding information about who offered parties for children. After researching for our son’s birthday party, we decided to have a McDonald’s birthday party and it has become among the top items searched for that have lead people to our site. I figured that I probably was not the only mom hunting for this information so I put together a list of (mostly) national places that you can host your next birthday party at.

This is not necessarily the most frugal birthday party choice. I have hosted some wonderful birthday parties at our home. For our son’s first birthday party, I made two lasagnas, a tray of baked ziti, and we had a birthday cake (for almost twenty guests- only inviting family). The total cost was around fifty dollars. Our second birthday party cost a mere forty bucks (for almost twenty people). I made a French toast soufflé, two egg casseroles, orange juice, and served Krispy Kreme donuts (that I piped blue and pink decorations onto). This was a very inexpensive “cake” because I had a coupon for buy one dozen, get one dozen free. They were a hit with the kids and a candle fit perfectly into the donut. Our third birthday party was also a home party, costing around fifty bucks for everything. We bought two subs from Walmart, a cake from Walmart, and I made a veggie tray, fruit salad, and a pasta salad. This party was hosted outdoors (cutting down on clean-up).

Party number four was a McDonald’s party and the most enjoyable of the bunch. Sixty bucks total and no clean-up for me. The savings of ten dollars seemed minor after having a second child and feeling drained of energy and creativity.

If you are just not a party type of family, that is fine too! Go out to dinner and treat yourself to some birthday freebies by visiting my blog entry and finding every freebie, known to man, that you can cash in on during your special day.

I hope that you will find some time to visit our birthday party directory. If you have a local or national place that you like to have your parties at, please give me a shout out by hitting my comments button. Please do not give me a shout out if you are trying to advertise your personal business. I will be happy to add any company (or work-at-home mom!!) to our directory for a PayPal payment of fifteen dollars to This is a lifetime spot and we will only have one representative listed from each company, so it is first come first serve. I would love to add your services- clowns, mimes, face painters, juggling acts (wait, don’t we all do this?), and other birthday planning services can be included in our list.

Thank you all for your support of our site and all that we do here!

Friday Freebie: Eat Free on Your Birthday

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Do you know of a better way to celebrate your birthday than with free food? Here is a list of restaurants that offer birthday freebies. Feel free to add to the list (in the comments section) or let me know if one of these restaurants is no longer participating.

Oh, and an embarrassing serenade from the wait staff from your friends…yup, that is free too!

ALFY’S PIZZA – free mini pizza

ALL-AMERICAN CAFE – free dessert

APPLEBEES – free dessert

AUTO ZONE – free oil change

BAKERS SQUARE – free pie

BANDIDO’S – free entree

BASKIN ROBBINS – free ice cream treat

BENNIGANS – free dessert

BILL KNAPP’S – gives adults a % discount equal to age; plus a free bday cake (w/purchase of a meal) during the week of your B-day

BOB’S BIG BOY – free hot fudge ice cream

BUFFALO WILD WINGS (BW3) – free dozen hot wings

BURGER KING – free kids meal to all Kid’s Club members (check within the store because there is no reference to the club on their website).

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN – Register First – free kids meal during the month of their birthday

DENNY’S – free meal (for children who are ten and under)

EINSTEIN’S – free meal

FAMOUS DAVE’S BARBEQUE – free meal (w/advance signup)

FUNNY BONE COMEDY CLUB – free cake (party of 5 min.; 2 drink min.)

HARD ROCK CAFE – free dessert


HOLLYWOOD VIDEO – one free video rental

MACARONI GRILL – free dessert

MAX AND ERMA – free $5 dessert


OUTBACK Steakhouse – free dessert

RED LOBSTER – free slice of cake

STEAK-N-SHAKE – free dinner for “birthday club” kids (I didn’t locate a form on the site so you will probably have to ask about this one in the store).

TGI FRIDAYS – free birthday dessert

WENDY’S – free kids meal to all Kid’s Club members (check in stores for this one- no form is located on their website).

McDonald’s Birthday Parties

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

We just celebrated our son’s fourth birthday. In the past, I have made the food and we have had the party at our house. It has been fun (for everyone else!), but we still ended up spending a lot of money on food, cake, party favors, etc… We only invited a few friends, but our family continues to grow and now our immediate family alone is about thirteen people. This year, I decided to let someone else host the party…But what is a frugal momma to do when most parties cost so much money?

Have no fear! The McDonald’s Birthday party is the way to go! Each McDonald’s offers a different price, but the prices are usually in the same neighborhood and all of them usually offer the same types of activities.

For $59.99, we could have ten children attend his birthday party. The cost included ten Happy Meals (everyone got their own choice in entrees & sides), party favors, games, cake (chocolate or white), and ice cream. The party times, at our McDonald’s, were two or four, which meant that no one was there eating and we had the whole place to ourselves.

We chose a nice McDonald’s, in our area, and they cleaned up and closed off the play area just for our party. It was, honestly, the best party we have ever had. The kids had a blast in the play area and played for three hours, while the parents sat around and visited. The host did all of the work for us, entertaining the children, taking orders, bringing food…and the ultimate part? All of the cleaning up!

In short, have a McDonald’s birthday party- it is the way to go!