How to Throw a 1st Birthday Party on a Budget

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While your baby’s first birthday party will be a memorable one for you, it’s not one that she will remember as she grows up. It should be a sentimental occasion, but it doesn’t have to be one that breaks the bank.

Here are a few tips on how to throw a 1st birthday party on a budget!

Limit the guest list. Close friends and family members should be the only ones invited to the party, to keep things small. Make your own invitations to save on costs or better yet, create one online and attach it to your Gmail compose window but by using GMass you can send it out to all your invitees at the same time, but with a completely personalized letter to each.

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Forego the games. Party games like Disney themed party games are fun for older children, but babies aren’t going to be able to participate in most of them. Sit out a few age-appropriate toys for the birthday child and others close to her age. You could also put out favors bags with a coloring book and crayons for older kids at the party.

Make the cake. It’s not required to have a bakery create a huge cake for your baby’s first birthday party. Instead, make something smaller and with less fuss. Make a simple cake and prop your child’s favorite toy as a cake topper. My son’s Umizoomi cake or even this incredibly, easy-to-make floral cake is an example!

Cupcakes are an option as well. (These easy Oreo pawprint cupcakes would be perfect for a puppy themed party!)

Serve a light menu. You don’t have to prepare an entire meal if you are throwing a first birthday party on a budget. Pull out your serving trays and offer finger foods and appetizers instead. (Check out our Explorers party for inspiration) Host the party in the early afternoon, between lunch and dinner times. That way, no one will be starving and wanting a full meal at the celebration.

Skip unique themes. Let’s face it, unique character party supplies are always more expensive than more generic party items or commonly used party theme characters. For Baby Girl’s birthday, we went with a simple Minnie Mouse themed party that didn’t cost a lot. My Stress-free tips for hosting a Minnie Mouse birthday is one of my most popular posts and for good reason.

Go easy on the decorations. Again, since the first birthday party is more for you to remember than your child, you don’t have to have a big “to do” for the event. A few balloonsa birthday banner and maybe some party hanging swirls are more than enough decorations for a first birthday party. I highly recommend getting a 1st birthday decorations kit to save buying everything separately.

Hopefully, these tips will help you throw a first birthday party on a budget. The key here is to think simple rather than extravagant. Make the day special with just a low-key engagement spent with your baby and those you love.

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  1. GMass is a fantastic tool to use in order to contact all of the people you want to and make sure you are able to get back to them with any questions. Love how you used this service here for a birthday party!

  2. With how much technology we use in our life, I feel like Gmass is a really helpful tool in situations like this!

  3. Thanks! My sister-in-law is having a baby girl soon! This is a great way to send out invitations 🙂

  4. This is a really great tool! Never thought to make invitations like this! Thanks for the advice!

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