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Old 04-08-2008, 06:31 AM
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Does anyone have any unique, INEXPENSIVE birthday party ideas for a soon-to-be 9 year old girl? My daughter is very much into the hands-on or DIY stuff - make your own pizzas, make your own pottery, make your own beading projects, etc.

What about local restaurants that will let you make your own food? Or other places that aren't well known for birthday parties but still have a unique idea to offer??

(Example - when we lived in Chicago 2 years ago, Krispy Kreme had a birthday party package with donut party games, build your own pyramid donut birthday cake with whipped cream & sprinkles, frost your own donuts, goody bags for the kids and 2 dozen donuts after the party for the parents (the last thing we wanted to see after that party though!! ) It was so unique and low-key and fun for everyone....and the kids hadn't ever been to one before (unlike the Chuck E. Cheese and Jump Zone phenomenon that are a dime a dozen.) Everyone loved it - and it was an unbelievable $75 for as many kids as we wanted to bring!!

That's what I am aiming for....something the kids haven't ever done, but still really fun and unique and organized.

Long shot?? Any ideas??
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:41 AM
Location: Cary, NC
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I don't think it's inexpensive but there is a very nice bead store in downtown Cary right on Chatham Street (I think it's called Bedazzled) that does DIY jewelry birthday parties. My DD went to a few parties there around the same age and they made very nice pieces. I don't think it's cheap, but you can always call and find out.
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Old 05-12-2008, 08:26 PM
Location: Cary, NC
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mom2gcc, what did you come up with?

I'm planning a party for my soon to be 7 year old and something in the $75 range would be great! The average seems to be about $200

Before I moved to NC we went to some make your own ice cream sundae tyep places and make your own pottery places. Any recommendations for something like that in the Cary area?
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Old 05-12-2008, 10:06 PM
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My kids always loved the scrap exchange where they go and create whatever they want with alot of neat materials.
Mine also loved the year they mined for gems but I can't remember the name of the place.
Camping overnight with just a few friends and doing a hot dog cookout was a hit.
Remember that they can enjoy just a few best friends just as much as a big crowd
and that keeps the price down.
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Old 05-13-2008, 09:14 AM
Location: in & around the Triangle
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I was going to suggest the Scrap Exchange too! Here's links to their info.
Birthdays at the Scrap Exchange (http://scrapexchange.org/programs/birthdays.htm - broken link)
Events by the Truckload (http://scrapexchange.org/programs/events.htm - broken link)

Here's a couple more "unusual" ideas...
Cely's House Craft Workshops - Celebrations
Birthday Party at Hill Ridge Farms - Youngsville, NC
Wild Animal Encounters
Paint the Earth : Party Packages (http://painttheearth.com/parties.php - broken link)
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