“Fiver” Birthday Parties Are Starting to Catch On, and They’re Actually Kind of Genius

A new(ish) trend is emerging in the kids birthday party realm — fiver Birthday parties — and I’ve got to say, I’m on board.

Last night I was browsing through my news feed and noticed a post that stood out to me, a ‘fiver birthday parties’ – a fiver what? I remember thinking as I clicked the link and read it.

I realized that this is perhaps the best birthday party trend since the, “omg, I forgot the name”!

Anyways, gone are the days where you spend hours in a toy shop trying to find a present for your child’s best friend’s party – now you just hand over a fiver.

At least that’s according to Mumsnet, where moms have been discussing the new phenomenon of “fiver birthday parties” – you don’t bring a present, just stick a fiver in a card so the parents can put it towards a bigger present for their child and say it’s from all their friends and family.

“I’ve just been reading about fiver parties and wondered what other people think?” one parent posted on Mumsnet. “Part of me thinks, yeah I’d stick a fiver in a card rather than the mission to find a reasonably-priced gift that I’m not sure birthday child wants.

Anyways, so here’s what they are and how you can throw one because if you’re like me, you will also think they are a gosh-darn genius idea!


As said on HuffPost

Lots of fiver birthday parties!
When I mentioned to a friend that my son has been invited to a fiver birthday party, she said her daughter had been to three of these this year alone and that fiver parties are becoming a bit of a ‘thing’.This was confirmed with a few of my other mum friends who said they love it when they open the party invitation and it says ‘fiver birthday party’.

So what IS a fiver birthday party?
In short, a fiver birthday party is an end to all of our kid present-buying woes! It is simply a birthday party where all the little guests bring $5 to go towards a big ticket present that the parents have bought and which the child really wants. There’s no gift. No stress and no expense. I know, brilliant, right?


The thinking behind the fiver birthday party

There are so many reasons why a fiver party just makes sense. Here are a few:

  • It’s easy on parents. No more needing to dash to the shops to buy a present and then wondering if the birthday girl already has a rainbow My Little Pony or too much Duplo.
    • It’s budget friendly. If your child gets invited to lots of parties and you spend say $20 each time on a gift, it adds up, especially when little ones start school and the ENTIRE class is invited to the parties.
    • It removes the expectation of ‘stuff’ from birthdays. It teaches kids that parties are about friends and having fun, not piles of presents. It also teaches them the value of saving for something that they really want.
    • It’s environmentally friendly. How many toys end up in landfill after being loved for a period of time and then ignored?
    • It cuts down on toy clutter. Fewer toys mean fewer things to have to toss, give away or donate to charity when the time comes.
    • The child gets one big and exciting present that they’ve been dreaming about. Not lots of little cheap ones that break and have bits that get lost.


But where’s the fun?

Of course, kids love presents. Heck, grown-ups love presents! So does the fiver birthday party take away from that?

Well, it’s all in how it’s presented to the child. If your child is aware of the ‘big ticket’ present coming their way and understands that everyone coming to her party will be gifting it to her, instead of bringing an individual present, then you will manage her expectations while also fueling her excitement about the ‘big gift’.

How to throw a fiver party

Simply write out your party invitations as you normally would but state somewhere that “this is a fiver birthday party”. If you don’t have enough room to explain what this is on the invitation, you could write ‘PTO’ and then explain it on the back.

You could say something like:

“London is having a fiver party! He really wants a (name big ticket gift item) so instead of bringing him a gift, please pop a $5 note in a card to go towards this. He’s very excited! Thank you.”

Then you could either present your child with the big ticket item at the party for his friends to see what they all gave him, or you could save this for after everyone has gone home.

Also, if you think $5 is a bit cheap, you could throw a ‘tenner party’ where guests give $10, but asking for any amount higher than this might appear a bit rude.

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