First birthday party blues!

Shira - posted on 06/01/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )




Hi all!
I'm new to Circle of Moms and hope my fellow moms can help! The issue: A first birthday for my 11-month-old little guy. The follow-up issues:
1.) space: we live in a 2-BR in the DC area
2.) money: we can't afford a big bash, or shelling out $100s for venue
3.) weather: it gets hot and humid in the DC area in the summer
4.) guest list: our friends, like us, have older kids (we have a 7-year-old as well!), do we make a party that can handle multiple kids (with a lot of energy) and not destroy our apartment (or our bank account)?? Ideas? Please help!


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Ledia - posted on 06/02/2015




I agree with Michelle. The first birthday party is more for the parents than the child anyway. He will have fun being the center of attention no matter what you do, and he isn't going to remember how big or how small the party was; he is just going to know he had fun on his birthday.

You can rent a shelter at the park for less than $100 if you really want to invite a ton of people, and parks are great because they are fun for both the little ones and the big ones. You can sometimes even do a party for free at the park, but you do run the risk of having all of the shelters already in use at the time of your party, and DC summers are just too hot to do a party without a shade shelter. The shelter should make it comfortable, but if it is a really hot day, you can inquire with the park management to ask if you can set up a sprinkler for the kids to play in (they will probably say no to a kiddie pool or slip and slide, but we've gotten okay's for sprinklers several times).

Michelle - posted on 06/01/2015




You don't have to have a big party, the child won't remember it at all.
Why not just arrange for the family or very close friends to get together at a play centre or child friendly restaurant.

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