1st birthday ideas on a budget

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Tricia - posted on 04/08/2009

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Host the party at a time of day when you won't be obligated to serve a meal.  Buy or make 2 cakes (chocolate ladyfinger cake works beautifully because it's basically pudding in the middle).  Spread a tarp or sheet of painter's plastic over the livingroom floor.  Stick one cake in the middle of the tarp.  Strip the babies down to their diapers, and set them loose on the tarp.  The adults have cake and coffee and take a lot of pictures of their chocolate cake covered babies.  Swish the babies through the tub at the end (or use a kiddy pool if you can do it outside), fold the tarp up, and throw whatever's left away. 

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Gabrielle - posted on 04/07/2009

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We had a BBQ with family. Instead of buying all themed decorations and plates, etc, we used solid color plates, cups, utensils and napkins and just a few decorations, from Party City. I bought pretty paper and printed out my own invitations. My parents hosted and provided food, and my aunt made a cake.

Jen - posted on 04/07/2009

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The thing we spent the most on was the cake. I wanted a Publix cake, but if you're not particular you can make your own. My friend made both her son's first b-day cakes. One's was a frog with cup cake eyes and the other was a ferris wheel with ice cream cone pieces in it. For my daughter's I made the invitations from card stock, and pop up stickers that I bought at Michaels craft store for maybe $10. Then I got lucky with the party supplies because someone was selling leftovers (still sealed) on craigslist. That was $20 and we still have left over napkins. I made the games we played, but if you're only having small kids you don't really need any games, just your daughter's toys. For food we did hamburgers and hotdogs, apples slices, goldfish crackers, soda and juice. Other than that you really don't need much. Always do first birthdays at home so your child is comfortable. I found a lot of ideas online after google searching so look around and you'll find what works for you. Good Luck.

Beth - posted on 04/07/2009

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well for my daughters first we went all out!!!! Crazy! but my husband is the youngest of 12 so... we had too... But for my son who just turned one in Jan. We had it at our house there was about 20 to 25 people... and I only feed the kids. We had peanut and jelly sandwitchs  I cut up some apples. and we had juice. I know the one year olds cant eat that but I had ages 1-5 here.... oh and chips.... My step dad made cupcakes so it didnt cost much..... For the adults I had some water and soda... and made so little sancks for them.... hope this helps!

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