Your baby’s first birthday is a big deal (more for you than the baby, but anyway…). Much like my DIY baby shower, I stole a lot of great ideas from Pinterest. I pulled off the mustache props, photo booth corner, baby shower games, decoration, all the sweets, cookies and mustache cake by myself in my ninth month of pregnancy. The only things I bought were the snacks and the balloons. It was tiring but worth it.
Planning and executing a party like that is a different story when you’re a working mom and have a walking eleven-month-old baby on a mission to undo everything you try to fix, clean up or put away. I’d say it’s almost impossible without getting help and outsourcing services.
If you are determined to have a Pinterest perfect 1st birthday party for your baby complete with magazine style smash cake photos, little gentleman-themed cookies, invites, thank you notes, cupcakes, milkshakes, party favours, a professional photographer and a display, then you’re going to have to hire an event planner. There’s no way you are going to pull that off by yourself. Not even Mary Poppins can handle it.
Baby’s 1st Birthday Party on Budget
What if you’re on a tight budget? What if you can’t justify spending all that money for a two-hour birthday party that the birthday boy/girl can’t fully appreciate it? There are a few ways you can save your money without sacrificing creativity and picture perfect memories.
Plan ahead: Saving money means planning in advance. When you are out and about, look for things on sale that you could use for the birthday party. See what you already have in your house that can also be used for the party. For example, I had leftover blue napkins, plastic blue plates, and cutlery from the baptism that I used.
Birthday Cake: Instead of having a custom-made cake, you can save by making your own smash cake. However, you might want to make a trial cake first so you know what to expect.
Party Decor: Instead of purchasing expensive party decor items at a boutique shop, order ahead on Amazon. Use what you already have in the house –I made a photo display of my baby’s monthly photos and travels using cardboard, wrapping paper, and picture stands.
Party Food: Instead of hiring a catering service, you can ask help from friends and family to make mini sandwiches, tortilla roll-ups, meat skewers etc. — Finger foods that can be made ahead of time.
Location: Depending on the number of guests, you can consider holding the party in your own home. If that doesn’t provide enough space, consider a park nearby. To save you peace of mind and energy, inquire about the cost of renting a space at your nearby daycare or nursery.
Time: Maximum two hours in the afternoon – after lunch and before dinner.
Party Favours: Save glass baby food containers to use as the party favours. You can place gold fish crackers or mini biscuits inside and decorate the container.
Photos: Instead of hiring a photographer, take your own photos or ask friends to snap photos for you. Take a few photos before guests arrive and when the sun is still out too. Make sure to hand over your camera to someone else so you can be in the photos as well.
*This post was linked up at #bumpsbabies hosted by Let’s Talk Mommy*