My sweet baby girl is going to be turning ONE in less than a month! I can’t believe it. Time really flies when you’re having fun. She is such a joy and lends such a special presence to our family. Anyway, I’ve had birthday on the brain the past little while, trying to come up with a fun way to celebrate her special day. I want it to be just perfect, but I know that it will be even without all the frills of a party. Mostly I just want to spend the day giving her my full attention, playing with her on the floor, reading to her and letting her eat whatever she wants (including an entire cake if she so chooses). 🙂 More importantly than gifts, I love to give the birthday child my time and undivided attention. I’d rather not spend the entire day prepping for a big party if it means ignoring the reason for the day.
With that in mind, though, I would like to put a little thought and preparation into planning a memorable celebration for that evening. I haven’t decided if I want to invite close friends or just make it an intimate family occasion. I usually opt for the latter on the first birthday.
I of course called upon Pinterest for inspiration. There are so many darling party ideas out there for boys and girls.
Many of these go all-out, but don’t be afraid to use them as a guide. There are so many ways to plan a fantastic party like these, but on a budget. I actually look at each party that I style as a frugality challenge, and so far they haven’t turned out too shabby. Check out my Sweet Shoppe Candy Party and my Hooray Baby Gender Reveal Party to see for yourself.
The Dollar Store has tons of party supplies, including balloons, paper and plastic dinnerware, favors, candy, treat bags, and even wrapping paper that can be used as a backdrop or a table runner. Many of the decorations including frames and vases, can be upcycled from things that are already in your home. Banners, wreaths, and even invites can be made by hand. There are a myriad of cute and free printable invitations, banners, cupcake toppers, water bottle labels, etc. on Pinterest. The cake and cupcakes can be easily homemade also to avoid extra cost.
I gather a lot of party items in the Target dollar section throughout the year. A little forethought and planning can end up saving lots of money. Grab some mason jars and lids from your cupboards and use them for drinks, or borrow them from a friend like I did, if you don’t have your own. Pull out a neat dresser from one of your rooms to set the food on. Borrow a chalkboard to write a special sentiment on or simply display already-framed photos of the birthday child for the food table decor. Wrap shoe boxes with decorative paper, tie with ribbon and use to set cupcake stands and food platters on for different levels and added appeal. Have I convinced you yet that it doesn’t have to cost a lot? I hope so. I could keep going, but suffice it to say that a party does not need to be a huge expense.
This Little Man Party from Hostess with the Mostess is so stinking adorable!
Which party are you dying to throw?