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We are having one big family birthday party for our 3 kiddo's. There will be about 30-40 people attending including the kids. We are having it at a park and this park has a great water structure for the kids to play in. I need some ideas as to what I can serve to eat/drink that will be pretty cheap. The party is from 10am-12noon, so I would like to serve a light lunch.<br><br>
I'm only going to buy 1 set of plates in the theme's that the kids want(strawberry shortcake, Princess, and Spiderman). Then I'll use regular paper plates and cups. Maybe I'll just get character sticker and put them on the regular paper items.<br><br>
Any party ideas and what to serve to eat?
 

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Hotdogs with baked beans would be cheap and filling. Chips and cake with lemonade to drink. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> that's probably what i would make. HTH some. IF you put the hot dogs in the baked beans you could use less!
 

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Maybe finger sandwiches, potato or macaroni salad and a veggie platter with iced tea or punch to drink.
 

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What is the date of the party (How much time do you have to plan)? How old are the kids? How many adults vs kids will be at the party? Are any of the adults relatives who might help you by bringing a dish or something? Is there a grill at the park that you will be able to use? Do you have a budget for this event that you are trying to stay in?<br><br>
When I was growing up, one of the things we got to do on our birthday was choose the main dish for dinner that day. Perhaps you can ask each of the kids for dish they might like to have?<br><br>
Random ideas:<br><b>watermelon</b> (probably only need one for the whole group, around here that would be about $8 right now)<br><b>strawberry shortcake</b> (might not be cheap, but it's a theme!)<br><b>homemade lemonade</b> (1 cup bottled lemon juice, 1 cup sugar, 2 quarts of water. I usually put in some fresh mint and let that seep in for a couple of hours, then take it out. No one can guess what that little hint of flavor is, but everyone loves it)<br><b>Chips & Dip</b> (could also do homemade pita chips & hummus. To make pita chips, cut pita bread in wedges (about 8 to a whole pita -- I cut a whole stack at a time, not individually!), and bake at 350 until they are hard, about 10 to 15 minutes. Before baking, you can brush with melted butter and sprinkle with salt or with grated cheese or herbs or whatever if you want, but I usually skip that step).<br><b>Vegetable tray with dip</b> -- I shop at Costco and for less than $15 could get grape tomatoes, baby carrots & snow peas. For dip, I use Brianna's Poppy Seed Dressing. In a regular grocery store it is $3 -- $5/bottle, but at the dented can store, I can get it for $1.<br><b>Pasta Salad or Potato Salad</b><br><br>
I'm vegetarian, so I'm not going to pretend to know what to serve for a main dish! I think the baked beans and hot dogs with the hot dogs mixed in already sounds like a good idea. You'll definitely use a lot less hot dogs that way.<br><br><br>
Activities: Do you think you need anything other than what is already at the park? If so, I'd try to think of one activity for each theme.<br><br>
Strawberry Shortcake: I haven't watched Strawberry Shortcake since I was a girl, so don't have any good ideas for this one. I can't seem to properly access strawberryshortcake.com on this computer, However, I got enough of it to load that I saw they have free coloring sheets you can print. You could print enough of those to give each child attending the party as a take-home gift.<br><br>
Princess: I guess this depends on if it is a generic princess or one of the Disney princesses or all the Disney princesses. If it is because of a Disney Princess, I'd think up some sort of activity related to her favorite princess. Ariel would be a good one since you are at a water structure! Remember the scene in that movie when Ariel brings the fork that she thinks is a comb to her underwater treasure cave? You could do a scavenger hunt where the kids had to find items that were in that cave. Most of them are ordinary articles we use, like forks and spoons, etc. Watch that bit of the movie and see what was in the cave. Then hide those items around, or choose items they might be able to find at the park anyway, give the kids a list and let them search!<br><br>
Spiderman: I'm not sure how this idea would work in a park setting, but the first thing I thought of was an activity I read about in the Tightwad Gazette. For each child attending, you get a small toy and tie it to a long piece of string. You weave the strings all around the house, in and around each other, creating a big web. The starting point of the string needs to be near the front door and have some sort of stick attached. Each child picks a stick and starts winding up their string on to it. This will require them to go up and around other kid's strings and all over the whole house. When they find the end of their string, they get the prize attached to the other end.
 

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You provide hot dogs and hamburgers and cake and water and ice.<br><br>
Everyone else brings a dish and a two liter.<br><br>
Liz
 

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I usually make pizza for birthday parties. I will make one just cheese and sauce (for picky eaters). One ham and pineapple(ds's favorite) and one something else.<br><br>
Last year for ds's bday I did a sort of penny carnaval. Things like a ball toss at stacked cans, using a garden hose to spray down a stack of blocks. Dart toss at baloons. That sort of thing. i then used the "goodie bag" items as prizes insted of just giving kids a bag at the end of the party.<br><br>
With lots of space at the park you could also do things like a 3 legged race or bean in spoon race or something like that.
 
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