Since we are doing a Disney trip this year (that was a little unplanned), we are trying to scale back on some other things. No big $300 Bounce U birthday parties this year (price isn't the only reason - I am kind of tired of that sort of thing!). My boys will turn 8 & 5 in April; my daughter will turn 10 in May. They've been given the option to do something special with one friend (like a trip to a ball game, or a special restaurant or movie), or a sleepover with 2-3 friends, or a small party at home with a handful of friends. But what to do at home? Honestly, I don't think the 5-year-old is going to have an actual "friend" party - we'll do a party with family, and let him do something special with just the 5 of us too. But he doesn't really have any good friends yet, so I don't think it will be missed. He'll have a big old party with his cousins (who are his best friends anyway). But the other two kids want to celebrate with friends. My DS likes music, video games, GI Joe, etc - boy stuff. I've thought about some sort of karaoke party, or Rock Band/Guitar Hero on the Wii. Or I've thought about a Game Show type party - we'd play games and have prizes. My DD is NOT girly at all. She likes horses, dogs and reading. No spa parties or jewelry making for her! We tossed around the idea of a cooking party - decorate cupcakes and ice cream... Anyone have some budget-friendly, creative ideas?