Updated: Feb 11, 2019
Ahhhh…it’s that time of the year again. Your little one’s birthday is around the corner and you have no idea what you’re going to do. Stop right there-don’t nod in disappointment. You’re a mom. It’s totally acceptable. I know; Pinterest is the website from hell- it’s everything your non-creative ass dreams are made of. Shit you can’t even think of. (Seriously-some of these moms are borderline genius) I know it seems like you have to be rich to throw most of those kind of parties…and that’s because you do.
BUT that’s what I’m here for. Not to fund your shit- but to help you plan an equally magical celebration for your little one! In all seriousness, you DON’T NEED a ton of money.
First things first, PLAN it out. It’s never “too early” to start drafting ideas and buying supplies. I want to say it’s probably your best bet to saving money. It’s a great way to avoid overspending for stuff you forgot you needed/wanted in the long run. I personally like to write everything down. If typing it on your cellphone’s note pad is your thing, do that. Whatever works for you! Here is what my checklist usually looks like:
Now, let’s get started!
THEME: Once I know what theme I am going with, the first thing I do is Pinterest. Not for anything other than INSPIRATION. You will be surprised at how many items are from the Dollar section at Target or Dollar Tree itself. It’s all about how you arrange it! Believe it or not, a lot of things are already IN YOUR HOME. I always reuse Holiday décor, previous birthday décor, platters, vases, jars and frames etc.
LOCATION: Location can be tricky. You have to weigh out your options. Yes- throwing the party from home is free. HOWEVER, it will also run the party a lot longer making you spend more on food, beverages and miscellaneous items! I don’t know about you, but my Hispanic family expects food and booze throughout the entire time. Yes, even a first birthday party. Baptism, gender reveal, and baby shower-you name it. It does NOT matter if you specifically wrote the duration of the party on the invitation, they are NOT leaving until they say so. lol Choose your location/duration wisely!
INVITATIONS: Ideally, paper invitations are not only adorable but a lot more personal as well. Let's be real though, if you're on a budget a simple text/email should suffice right? We live in an era where your phone is your guide to everything. Chances are, your guests are going to ask you or one another via text for the address. Oh! and that pricey paper invite? It's going straight to the trash after a week on the fridge anyway. Save your money and time, by sending a FREE Zazzle template of the big day!
CAKE: The cake is usually responsible for a BIG chunk of the budget! NOW- if you get creative, it doesn't have to be! You can buy a plain "naked" cake anywhere you'd like. Buy the toys or cake topper of your choice and decorate it yourself! I promise, it's not hard at all! Check out this cake for one of my baby showers:
FOOD: If this isn't the most important part for you, we don't really see eye to eye. lol Kidding- but really, food is extremely important to me. If you can't afford catering go to your nearest aunt, grandmother...family friend. I can almost ASSURE you there is someone out there willing to cook for your event for much less than a company would. You will basically be serving a home cooked meal and um...who doesn't love that?? Its a win-win situation!
ENTERTAINMENT: Other than a bounce house for the children of the corn and a loud speaker, you shouldn't stress "entertainment." Its a party people! Let's DANCE, EAT and have CONVERSATIONS. You know, INTERACT with another? I don't know about you, but i loveeeee to walk around and say hi to my guests. Offer (if you call it that-i usually force my guests) to take shots (lol) and laugh about the last time they saw the birthday girl/boy! Reminisce on old stories and appreciate each others company. It's the BEST!
All in all guys, this is a celebration on somebody's LIFE. It shouldn't matter if you organized everything perfectly. It shouldn't matter if all you have to offer are chips and soda. We are celebrating the joy of having someone around for yet another year! As long as laughs were shared and children were playing, I'd say you had the BEST.PARTY.EVER!