(Closed) How much $ do you spend on a first birthday?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
  • poll: 1st birthday party budget
    0-$200 : (42 votes)
    71 %
    $200-$500 : (14 votes)
    24 %
    $500 or more(please explain.... : (3 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    1776 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We wound up doing two first birthday parties since my family lives over 5 hours away from my husband’s family (and us).  So we spent more than I’d have liked.  I voted for the $200-$500, but if we totaled both parties, it was probably around $600, but maybe less.

    For one party, I cooked Mexican food and that was way more expensive lol.  For the other party I made a nice salad, a pasta salad, and ordered pizza (also had tons of desserts).  If your guests aren’t super picky, could you do that?  Make a salad and then order Dominos? The medium pies are $5.99 each, so for 60 people you’d need maybe 12 pies? (if you have other food) Not sure you will find something else much cheaper.  Huge subs might also be an idea!

    Post # 5
    8482 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Meh, I dont see the point of elaborate birthday parties, especially when the baby wont even remember it.

    Fun fact: I’ve never had a birthday party. So I guess I just have a different view on them.

    When I have kids I’ll throw parties for them, but not huge things. Just in my own house with a simple cake and food cooked by me or family.

    Post # 6
    261 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    There are a lot of Italian make ahead meals that are great for a crowd.  Lasagna and meatballs & sausage can be made ahead and frozen.  Salad and bread and you have a decent amount of food for very little.  

    Crockpot meals are also a great way to feed lots of people: chili and cornbread, pulled pork with bbq sides, or pot roast.


    It all depends on the vibe and how many people you’re feeding!

    Post # 7
    6889 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I find big 1st parties a bit silly. The child isn’t going to remember it and it really for more the parents.  My son’s 1st birthday party consisted of family and a good friend and her kids. 

    Now my SIL has done big to do’s for both her little ones for the first birthday parties that included booze. 

    For my son’s birthday the most expensive thing was probably his cake.  His birthday presents were all finds at garage sales except one present which (he is 2 now) still plays with.  Rody the bouncy horse.


    Post # 8
    2247 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I haven’t planned any birthday parties yet, but as much money as one feels like spending without going into debt sounds about right to me.

    I see no problem with spending a good sum of money on a child’s first birthday party. I think these parties are more about the child than for the child. It’s a celebration of the fact that they were born and made it through the first year. It’s a milestone.

    It also doesn’t matter to me if they remember the party or not. There are lots of things we do for children that they don’t remember, so we shouldn’t balk at the idea of a birthday party for them. And the party certainly shouldn’t be cheap simply because the child might not remember It. I think that would be awfully dismissive and rude. Everyone who attends will have a good time, hopefully, and if pictures or video are taken the child will be able to appreciate those when they get older, so it is worth it to put care and consideration into it no matter how much it costs. 

    Your party sounds like it will be great. I hope it goes well. 

    Post # 9
    782 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    Ideas: facebook/email/text invites: free

    someones back yard/house: free

    potluck: somewhat free

    or just get chips and dip, a veggie tray and a fruit tray

    Decorations: $20 from the dollar store

    Dress: $15 from wal mart or target

    Since baby is only one, just get her a cake that says happy birthday _______! And let her smash into the cake and take pictures of that with a point and shoot!

    have it a time of day that will mean you only need to provide light snacks, and not lunch or dinner. So like from 2-4.

    Post # 10
    782 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    My sister actually did a “Oh The Places You’ll Go” Birthday for my nephews first birthday.

    She ordered print at home decorations form etsy for $20.. she made a rainbow cake, VERY easy to do at home.. and she got mini cupcakes from a “craigslist” person.. unfortunately this person did them in the wrong color.. but they still tasted good, and luckily she had found mini pinwheel cupcake toppers from a party store in the clearance section. For food she went to costco, bought a tray of deli meat, buns and set out cold cuts and condiments so people could make their own sandwiches. She also had a fruit and veggie tray out.

    This isn’t the same person she ordered from, but you get the idea.


    I tried uploading a picture of the party but it won’t work. I’ll try again later…

    She also made pretend hot air balloons from rainbow laterns and boxes… and had all guests write something to him in an all the places youll go book.. she gave mini dr seuss books as party favors that she ordered off amazon. It was beautifully decorated and everyone loved it. Her party looked like it was one off of pinterest.



    Post # 11
    782 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    Post # 12
    234 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We spent something disgusting like $1200 or maybe even more on my daughters first birthday… There were like 60 people and it was horrible for me but she had fun! We had yummy food a bouncy house games, gorgeous banners and decorations but she will never have a party like that again LOL she just turned three and we took her to disneyland for her birthday… that was worth the money to see the happiest face ever on her. I feel silly for spending so much on her first birthday now! 

    Post # 13
    629 posts
    Busy bee

    Personally, I really don’t like having a party for babies in halls/restaurants etc., only because I feel like the child should be in the comfort of their own home if they need to nap or anything. A house or backyard party would save some money.

    Photographer, I would try to DIY, BUT see if you can find a family member or friend willing to do it. You don’t want to be stuck behind a camera at your daughter’s birthday.

    Food – there’s LOTS of things you can make ahead that won’t cost too much. Salads, pastas, casseroles, slow cooker foods, etc. Or, if you do end up at someone’s house or backyard (not sure of the season) you could do a BBQ. Cake, my parents actually got a red velvet cake from Walmart for my 25th that was pretty good and pretty inexpensive.

    Post # 14
    1018 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @brokeninnj:  Not sure if you have a Walmart near by– but they have AWESOME party subs. and they’re really well made. We get ’em for tailgating, team parties, etc. and they never dissapoint!

    6 feet of sub (2 meats, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, dressings) is $28 — and they’re goooooood!

    Post # 15
    1018 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    double post

    Post # 16
    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    When I have a one year old, and he/she has a birthday, we will celebrate by having dinner with our family.  The kid will NEVER remember ANY of it…so why bother?

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