Low dough birthday parties for kids.

Low dough birthday parties for kids.

When I was a kid I always dreamed of throwing a birthday pool party outside in the summer sun, but having a birthday in the dead of winter made that dream impossible. Now that I’m the mom of a winter birthday child, I’ve given a lot of thought to the easiest and least expensive way to throw a winter birthday bash.

Twist Frozen Yogurt provides an easy solution to your winter birthday needs. There are two Portland locations, Barnes Road and NW 23rd, that boast an inviting party atmosphere for parents and tots. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful, offering up temporary tattoos and fun mood bracelets for all the party-goers. Guests get to serve up their own frozen yogurt and toppings, while the staff makes it easy for the hosts by tracking it all on a tab. Depending on portions size and number of guests, you can expect a bill of around $3-4 per person with no clean up and no baking required.

If cake is more your thing and you’ve got a little more money in your budget, you can throw a cupcake decorating party at Bliss Cupcake Shop. At $90 for six kids ($7 each for additional guests) you’ll spend a little more, but decorating their own cupcakes adds artistry and entertainment to your party.

Portland Parks and Recreation offers loads of ┬áparty rental space, and indoor pool party options for older kids if you’ve got a little budget. For an outdoor adventure birthday, why not schedule a birthday Ladybug Walk? These private walks through Portland parks and natural areas are led by specialized preschool naturalists. Kids get to borrow a special ladybug backpack while they experience guided exploration and outdoor play for 60 minutes. For up to 14 kids, the price tag is just $60.