With the economic difficulties most of my families deal with (my students all have free or reduced lunch) there are not so many birthday treats at school. A couple years ago I decided to do something to make birthdays special for my students, and the Birthday in a Bag was born!
Pretty much everything is from the Dollar Store. We have a centerpiece,
some birthday hats,
a small bag with a few items from the prize box (the birthday kid chooses an item),
some festive plates,
I even made a cake plate from a candle holder and a plastic plate (both from the Dollar Tree)
And one more thing -- the birthday boys and girls get a card from me that includes a homework pass, good for one "no homework" night! Here's a free one to download (click the picture).