Post # 1
I am planning my daughters first birthday, we did not have a baby shower or a party for her bautism, so we want to do something special for her. I am a thrifty shopper(cheap) and do not like to spend lots of money on stuff. So far I am negotiating a party hall, its only $100 for 5 hours(church) and have chairs and table for 60 people. Dress $31.00 ebay, invites .28 cent each on walmart, for decor i will be spending around $100, photography maybe diy(or craigslist photographer) my biggest expense will be food, dont know yet but needs to feet lots of people.
Post # 3
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!
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Post # 5
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 12
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
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
@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 # 16
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?