It can be easy to go all out on birthday parties, especially your child’s 1st birthday party. But it is not necessary. You can throw a memorable 1st birthday party without breaking the bank.
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- Reuse Baby Shower Decorations
This is a genius idea that requires advance planning. Instead of letting your shower decorations go to waste, why not reuse them?
My son had two baby showers, and each of them had a nautical theme. When it was time for his 1st birthday party, my mom asked if I wanted to reuse the shower decorations. Of course, I jumped on that opportunity. As a result, we did not have to buy napkins, plates, cups, silverware, a tablecloth, or any ceiling hanging decorations.
- Buy a Cupcake Instead of a Smash Cake
Smash cakes are all the rage at the moment. But your little prince or princess does not need a smash cake. A large cupcake works just as well.
At my son’s 1st birthday, we bought him his own cupcake to destroy, and then bought a regular sheet cake for the guests. To save even more money, you can make your own cake for the party guests.
- Have the Party at your House Instead of Renting an Event Space
This is self-explanatory. A 1-year-old is going to be most comfortable at home, so why not have his or her party at home?
There are plenty of years ahead to have parties at arcades and skating rinks and trampoline parks. Keep the 1st birthday simple and have it at home or at a relative’s house.
- Do What You Can to Save Money on Food
If you are having a cookout, why not ask your guests to bring something?
When my family has cookouts, we often ask the guests to bring chips, soda, or hamburger or hotdog buns.
For my daughter’s upcoming 1st birthday, we decided to order pizza instead of doing a big cookout.
Another option to save money is to have the party between mealtimes. Then you would only need to buy a cake and drinks for your guests.
- Save Money on Photography
Take your own pictures of your little birthday boy or girl. You do not need to hire a photographer for a 1st Birthday-Themed Photography Session. Get creative and set up your own 1st birthday photography session at home.
Remember that the 1st birthday party is more for the parents than the child.
Your little one is not going to remember how you celebrated his 1st birthday. But nonetheless, it still should be a fun and memorable occasion. Making it through that first year, for both parents and child, is a major milestone!
Readers: What do you think of these tips? Can you think of any other tips?
As a SAHM, I’m always looking for ways to save money, and birthday parties are no exception. As I prepare to celebrate my daughter’s 1st birthday, keeping it affordable is a top priority. Here are my top tips: