Birthday parties today are not what they used to be. My little cousin went to a birthday party where the kids got on a pirate ship and sailed around the Chesapeake. My daughter went to a birthday party at a bounce house place, and the dad was literally passing out dollar bills left and right for the kids to enter a simulated tornado. I’m not knocking it — it’s great fun for the kids, and if you don’t mind spending the money, go for it. I’m more into frugal fun, like the Cowgirl Campout party I threw for my daughter. Here is an idea for those on a budget – – you can have a cool party for your kids too, and without the price tag. Kids don’t know, and don’t care, how much you spend.