Birthday Party Planning

  • darcy
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  • June 13, 2013
  • We have another request for some advice: Need some help! I am trying to start planning my daughter’s 1st birthday party, she turns 1 in August. Any suggestions on how I can do this inexpensively? I’m looking at about 50 guests, mostly family.

    Here’s what we’ve heard so far (advice from real moms):
    • Keep the theme, menu and d├ęcor simple. For our son, we picked red for his first birthday party. The balloons, the plates, cups, napkins and plasticware were red and saved beaucoup bucks by shopping at the Dollar Store. The dinning room looked great with a solid bright pop of color. I made several red velvet cakes with cream cheese confetti icing. I went to Publix and bought finger sandwich trays. Added fruit salad with cherries and strawberries. Chips and salsa as well as a veggie tray with ranch dressing dip made red with a few drops of food coloring. Ta daa!
    • Pinterest!! You can so many great ideas from there
    • BBQs are always fun, my son’s birthday is in August too. That’s what we always do.
    • I make my own cake, dollar tree has cute one themed stuff or luau, do a noneal party and say light snacks. I also do classic games like pin the tail on the donkey, musical chairs, etc. You would be surprised how many kids have no idea what they are and are totally entertained. For babies you can do crawling races and see who can unload a whole box of tissues first or a goldfish eating contest.
    • Etsy for invites and print them at staples, it was like $30, 2-5 pm ppl aren’t too hungry, it’s so hot so I’d do it at a pool or have a water slide, later in the day. Ask close family to make pasta salad, fruit kabobs, chips and dip, hot dogs cheap and simole and create a cake did a 3 tier cake, 2 dozen cupcakes and 4 smash cakes and delivery for $180! Balloons are real cheap at paper factory in Lamarque, 34 for $17.
    • We are doing at 1st birthday in July! Garden theme! I just got glass “stuff” for a candy bar at Hobby Lobby on 646 &45 for super cheap- in the clearance and spring/summer stuff too! Our “candy” bar will actually be Goldfish, gummies… Smaller kid yummies! I found wings and tutus online super cheap for bees, butterflies and lady bugs! Boys will get capes that are green and they will be “Super Frogs” I made wands (from Pinterest)
    • Just saw an adorable candy land theme so cute! Little birthday girl was princess Lolli so cute. I think on Pinterest
    • I did my daughters 1st birthday party at home and it was a Minnie mouse theme, I found a lot of my ideas on pinterest and made a lot of the decorations myself which saved me a lot of money I also got my invitations of of etsy and they sent me an email file which was only $8 and I printed them out on photpaper for a cost of $6 total for 40 invitations, I threw her an amazing party with a reasonable budget, we did hamburgers and hotdogs for food I even had her a candy buffet that did not cost me much at all I set it up myself.
    • Not sure your budget, but check out pinterest and etsy for ideas. Then go to Hobby Lobby to buy most of your items for crafting–for invites find someone on etsy that will design and you print yourself at home- i have had good luck that way–cute cards and saves you money!
    • Invites-Find paper at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, print yourself -or- use an evite for the invitations
      Food-either have it at a time after people have eaten (3-5) or something inexpensive like hot dogs, punch, chips
      Cake-have a small cake for your baby and cupcakes for everyone else
      Decorations-pictures you have throughout your pregnancy and baby’s first year, pink or blue balloons
      Location-a park, city recreation center, or your church
      Theme-Party City has 1st birthday themes, buy the main pieces (plates) and build off of that with solid color napkins, smaller plates, balloons, etc.
    • Honestly? If you want to keep costs down don’t serve a meal! Even BBQ for 50 is really expensive, all that meat! Have a lot of hor d’oeurvres like fruit and raw veggies with dips, cheese tray, goldfish, M&Ms, and pretzels. Bake your own cake and also cupcakes so there is plenty to go around (or ask the person in your family who bakes if you aren’t a baking type). Have the party at a non meal time such as 1 or 2pm so no one is expecting to get a full meal. You can even put ‘light snacks’ on the invite if you like just to clarify. If people ask if they can help, ask them to bring some finger sandwiches or provide the fruit tray. Have bottles of water from Kroger (I make label covers from paper that match the theme, but you can find sellers on etsy who do them too for a few dollars), and sweet tea, maybe some lemonade if there are enough who like it.

      By not serving a meal you can make sure the food you do provide is tasty and quality and you can maybe splurge on some of the decorations for the party. Basically, keep it simple and make sure you get the things for the party you REALLY want to like a cute birthday outfit. Even goldfish look great when you put them in a fun colored ceramic bowl or a nice glass dish. You can do this! Have fun at her party and don’t stress too much!
    • If you make any purchases at Michaels or Hobby Lobby, check their website for coupons. Hobby Lobby almost always has a 40% Off One Regular Priced Item coupon. And Michaels coupons vary. I, too, am planning a 1st birthday for August. I’ve already found some cute, inexpensive items on Etsy!

    What advice do you have?

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