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Child celebrations have gotten elaborate and expensive, but it doesn't have to be that way. Hear Shiral's tips for how to blow out the candles without blowing your budget.

Having a thrifty summer party for your young child is easy with a trip to the park, a picnic and balloons. But more parents are going for BIG celebrations and fun indoors in winter can set you back. It doesn't have to.  If you'd like to have a home party, you can hire a face painter or download a guide to paint faces yourself (seriously). 

A new type of party is a Lego Brick party as I learned from David Gagnon (it was a huge hit).

Of course, if you don't have the space or time maybe an activity party such as the Aquarium, Science world, or a gym (like Jump) is for you, but it will cost more money while it saves you time and hassle.

The important thing to remember is kids are happy with a few games (remember hot potato), cake and balloons. Keeping it simple will be sure to save you in many ways.


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