Every time I've looked into an entertainment venue for birthday parties, I was just appalled at the prices! For that reason we too have stuck to parties at home. What I suggest though is to jazz them up a bit! Hire a face painter or balloon artist! A quick look at some of the daily deal sites shows several options for $20-$50. Pair that with a simpler overall approach to the birthday party and you're still under $100 for the entire event.
Two years ago I purchased a Spiderman costume off E-bay and coerced a family member into wearing it and pretending to be Spiderman for the party. What a hit! The neat thing is, we still have the costume, so we'll be able to use it again in the future! We also made our own pinata that year, which was waaay too much work but worth it, I think!
This past year I cut vests from paper grocery bags and we painted Transformer costumes. I printed out Transformer pictures from the internet which they then glued to their vests. They loved them!
My best advice is to be creative. Search the internet for ideas and use coupons to purchase the items you need! Some resources:
If you have any inexpensive options for birthday parties, leave a comment, we'd love to hear them!
I would love your advice on this and to see what other readers ideas are. I usually spend about $20-$50 on my kids birthday parties for about 6 guests including food, decorations, and goody bags. We do the parties at our home but this year I am looking for affordable alternatives. It's still cold out during our birthday season, so no outdoor parties here. Are there any places you know of that are in that price range? Most places I have found are at least $100 and don't even seem worth that price. I'd love new ideas to host an affordable birthday party outside our home.