Plan an Affordable First Birthday Party

Does the thought of the complexity and the cost of planning a first birthday party have you overwhelmed?

Celebrating your baby’s first birthday is an exciting day for parents and baby alike. It’s a wonderful way to reflect on the first year and the milestones your baby has met, as well as a way to remember that very special day when baby came into your life. And, before you know it, first birthday parties can get elaborate and out of control with costs. Between an expansive guest list, designer cakes, and Pinterest-worthy decorations, some parents can see parties costing upwards of $1000. Here are a few tips to make the party affordable and simple!

  1. Potluck Party Food
    Ask guests to bring a dish to share instead of a gift for baby. Gifts for one-year-olds are wonderful, but often not essential and repurposing the effort into a meal item will save you time and money for the party.
  2. Picture Progression
    Save money on decorations by using pictures from baby’s first year. Guests love to see your baby’s growth! String up pictures on affordable twine using clothes pins or binder clips you already have around the house.
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  3. Simple Sweet Treats
    No need to secure a fancy, tiered cake for baby’s big day. Look for a simple round or sheet cake from a local bakery or grocery store and consider a cupcake for baby’s smash cake.
  4. Practical Paper Goods
    Skip the cutesy plates, napkins, and tablecloths and find simple white or solid-colored options at party stores, Amazon, or shops like Target. These solid colors still brighten up your space, but cost half the price of the birthday prints.
  5. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    Search mom’s boards and neighborhood community sites for others who have just celebrated their child’s birthday and buy used decorations for a fraction of the cost they would be new.
  6. Birthday Outfit Perfection
    Instead of buying a first birthday outfit, consider a first birthday bib for a smaller price. Worn over a solid t-shirt or onesie, the bib looks no different than a cute birthday outfit.bib
  7. Affordable Options
    Skip specialty shops and find cute birthday gear on Amazon. These felt party hats were under $8 on Amazon and similar ones were over $20 on Etsy.felt hat
  8. Booze-free Fete
    Pass on the alcohol for baby’s party. Iced tea, lemonade, soda, and water are great options and can save you tons of cash.
  9. Drinks and Dessert 
    Consider a cake and coffee party or drinks and dessert to skip a big, elaborate meal altogether. An evening or morning party works well for this option.
  10. Pass on Favors
    Nobody needs party favors, so skip for the first birthday and save them for when kids are school-aged. Most parents with little ones will appreciate not taking home more clutter anyway!

Have other money or time-saving tips? Share in the comments below.

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