How to Throw an Un-Birthday Party

How to Throw an Un-Birthday Party

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One of the most fun parts about birthdays is going to the party. It symbolizes fun and happiness. When the kids are out of school for the summer, they usually have fewer parties to go to. They also need something fun to keep the boredom away. If there’s no birthday in your family’s future, throw an un-birthday party instead. It doesn’t have to be extravagant and it should never eclipse a regular birthday celebration, but it’s a creative way to have fun when school gets out and there are no holidays or events showing up on your calendar.


Rather than spending extra money on entertainment, it’s always a good idea to find discount party supplies and use up what you have on hand. Birthday party decorations are a fun way to bring back the smiles and silliness associated with birthdays on a small budget.

Guests of Honor

Rather than choosing someone to have a birthday aside from their appointed day, it can be everybody’s birthday – an un-birthday. Decorate with party hats, balloons, cups, plates, napkins, blowers, tablecloths, streamers and banners. Inexpensive party favors can be picked up from the discount store as well, from plastic party glasses to luau leis and the kids can send out invitations with a note about celebrating everybody’s un-birthday.

Who’s Invited?

Make it a family-friendly event. Be sure that your children’s friends understand that it’s everybody’s birthday, and each child can bring a wrapped gift. To keep expenses down, suggest a homemade gift, or you can put a low dollar limit on it. Remember, the idea is to keep it simple and inexpensive while still having fun.
Consider these un-birthday party ideas:
•    A picnic
•    Cake and ice cream after lunch
•    A slumber party
•    An un-birthday parade
•    Pool party

Opening Presents

One of the highlights of your party should be the gift exchange. Pick up a pack of double raffle tickets when you’re getting the other party supplies. Assign a ticket to each gift as it arrives. Put the other ticket in a hat. When it’s time to open the presents, each guest can pull a raffle ticket out of the hat and receives the gift that matches their number.


Play a few fun games and put on some music. Set up a table for a simple make-and-take craft with items you have on hand, from macaroni necklaces to creating a paper flag.
As summer draws near and the kids start to think about the fun and relaxation of days without school, you’ll need to look into your bag of tricks to keep them happy and entertained. A low-budget party is always a fun way to keep the boredom at bay.

Nikki is an independent writer for Dollar Tree offers great deals on office supplies, party supplies and more.


  1. Kate F. says

    This sounds like a fun idea! 🙂

  2. Chris says

    I discovered many new things from your article. Thank you for this!

  3. Julie Wood says

    This sounds like a great idea to do in the summer months. I could have a Un Birthday party and go to the park. This is a good way to keep in touch with kids and their friends during the summer months. I would like to have this party it would be so much fun for everyone!

  4. Crystal Rose says

    This would be a fun theme next year. I was planning on throwing a “half” birthday party this summer.

    • It’s so hard with birthdays that fall in “off times”. Half birthday parties are fun, too, though!

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