It depends on your child's age. You can always opt for a themed party at home and be a party hostess. There are lots of choices online and you can choose from the different sources. Have a birthday cake in the flavor and theme that your child likes. Serve lots of child friendly snacks. Have some games and party prizes and loot bags too!
I can imagine how much fun it is to plan. But it can be tiring too once the party is over. LOL ^_^
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We have been having family parties since we moved here because we really didn't know anyone...but thats changing....curious as to what to do for their birthday's this year...we used to be military and knew a ton of people lol