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1st birthday worry!

Marcella - posted on 02/27/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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ok so like everybody else my family is hitting hard times but i still want to throw a 1st birthday party for my baby girl is it bad if i make her party a Pot luck or should i just nickel and dime so pay for the food myself? Any advice would help.


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Sarah-Anne - posted on 02/27/2010

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My daughter's b-day party is from 2-4 specifically so all we are having is cake, no ice cream, and water bottles. We decided on just cake because we both have large families and there will be about 50 people over, we can't afford to feed that many people. And with the time 2-4, people should have already eaten lunch, but it's too early for dinner.

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Tammy - posted on 03/07/2010

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I am having my DD party from 1:30-3:00 fnch but for the same reason as others, after lunch but before dinner. All I will be serving is cake and ice cream also. This cuts back on a lot of spending and time! I want to enjoy her 1st b-day not spend time with food prepration.

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I had a pot luck with my older dd- money was r-e-a-l-l-y tight but it still cost $300 but we were hosting 40- only 20 showed up
Today was my son's b-day and his playdate party we inccured all the costs($200) but when it came to the restaurant party with very close friends and family everyone paid for themselves..

Anna - posted on 03/06/2010

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I think a pot luck sounds like a great idea! I too am having party for my son on the 20th! I have a large family and couldnt afford to feed 50+ poeple! So we decided to have cake and ice cream from 2-5. That way we can all have a great time without breaking the bank!

Carrie - posted on 03/06/2010

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I'm having a party for my son Myles on the 27th...and it's gonna be a small one. I decided to make soup and bread (as it's cheap and filling), buy some lunch meats and of course bake the cake!!! Overall, probably spend £20 in food for about 20-30 people.

Danielle - posted on 03/06/2010

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If its a family dinner I don't think you should worry at all about having a "potluck". I think everyone understands, plus people get to bring what they want to eat! We are having a huge blow out party.... It didn't start that way, but I have a lot of mommies in my mommy group, and things just continued to grow. But I set a budget of $300.00 for a party of about 50 people (Parents, kids and babies). That is covering tables, chairs, a bounce house, pizza, drinks, and all the decorations and party favors. I didn't think I'd be able to do it, but being creative with my decorations, and making my own invitations, and working strictly with my budget helped. Also www.orientaltrading.com allowed me to shop cheap, and in bulk. I am so excited about his birthday party.

Pamela - posted on 03/05/2010

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my sons party is from 2:30 - about 5 is we are providing cake a few home made cheap nipples I have a few friends that are really going through a tough time so I've told them not to dare get anything for my baby and instead they have offered to make a bit of food I think that a great idea he doesn't need anything else and means one less thing for me to make.. al I ask is that they tell me what it is so I don't make something similar.. we are having mini pizzas, bacon and mushroom triangles, chicken Loaf, cobloaf and some marinated chicken wings on the BBQ. as well as my cake Im making a dragon cake.

Christy - posted on 03/05/2010

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We too are only doing cake, etc from about 2-4 and just inviting close relatives and friends for our son's first birthday. For my daughter's first birthday (and second) we went all out and it was a nightmare. So many people in a small house. Learned our lesson. But if I was doing something bigger my family would definitely pot luck. We always do.

Heather - posted on 03/05/2010

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Both my kids birthdays are in March, Joey will be 4 March 22nd and Travis will be 1 March 26th. My husband walked out on me when Travis was only 5 weeks old. So what I'm doing is a pay for yourself get together for both birthdays together. I'm making the cake, and meeting with friends and family back home at Chuck E. Cheeses, however I'm not renting a party room, we're just meeting. At home where I live, I'm doing a small get together, I'm making main course, it'll be a small dinner thing, and everyone who comes will bring drinks, other foods, and anything else people want. Hope it helps a little.

Deanna - posted on 03/05/2010

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I'm in the same boat finacially! I've decided to do $5 pizza's from Little Caesars.

Jamie - posted on 03/05/2010

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IT depends on how your family will react if its cool with them I say go for it.. or you can have it at a park around 1ish and cake, ice cream and chips.

Kelly - posted on 03/05/2010

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I think pot luck is a great idea! To save money for my daughters party (she'll be one on the 19th!), I bought just an 8 piece set of themed cups, napkins and plates then I went to my local 5 and 10 type store and picked up some plates, napkins and cups in solid colors to match the colors of them themed and I'm mixing them all together. My mother in law has a Cricut and we've made a lot of the decorations ourselves. Overall, I haven't spent a whole lot yet feel like she's going to have a wonderful and festive party. For the food, I was lucky enough to have my mother in law offer to get the food, or I would have done pot luck as well. Doing cup cakes for the cake. One a tight budget, I'm very happy with how everything is turning out! Good luck with your party plans!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/05/2010

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I think a pot luck is a great idea. We are having a lunch party with closest family/friends. My mom, mom-in-law and I are making the food and I'll probably ask my sister and sis-in-law to make a few more things that we haven't already covered. We will have stuff like cocktail weenies and pb&j sandwiches for the older kids, a cooked ham to slice and baguette, pasta/couscous salad, party mix (homemade), veggie platter, fruit etc.. Since that takes a lot off my back I can focus on making the cake (a recipe that is better made a few days in advance so I'm not rushing the day before) and planning the other details (minimal decorations, her gift etc..)
Have a great party!

Faith - posted on 03/04/2010

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We're always struggling for cash, but even more so because my partner was just laid off. Things are better now, but we are just having a get together at the local pools, with pot luck lunch. Everyone coming are going to pay their admissions, bring a plate, and togs.. we're gonna cook up some sausages as a thank you..
Gist of the story is, there's nothing wrong with a pot luck for a 1st birthday.. especially if you don't have much to spend.. a lot of people in the same situation, people will understand :D It's just a time to get together.. our babies won't remember it, so they'll never be disappointed :D

Latoia - posted on 03/04/2010

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Like everyone, my baby will be one the 18th, I ordered $55 of 1 theme stuff from 1stwishes.com, awesome check it out, I am having a small gathering with one or two of my friends and there kids, I mostly care about pictures of her with all the one stuff....

Rheannon - posted on 03/04/2010

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We are having a cookout at a park for my daughters 1st birthday party with hamburgers & hot dogs, my mom, his g-ma & his step mom are all bringing the sides. So we are only going to spend about 100 bucks in food.

Marcella - posted on 03/04/2010

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Thank you my daughter will be 1 on the 16th and i think it will probably only be closest family so i think i will have it for only like an hour or two and between lunch and dinner so i'll probably only worry about drinks thank you for the advice.

Lisamrie - posted on 03/03/2010

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we are having a poy luck for our son who turn's one on the 9th.... I think it's a great idea but only my our closest family members are bringing something the in laws my parents, and my siblings. and we are having hot dogs, and sides.. I don't think people mind at all

Leanne - posted on 03/03/2010

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My baby girl will be one, march 13th, and were not planning anything really for her. Of course we'll do a small family thing with her mummy, daddy and big sister with a cupcake for her to blow her candle out and thats it, she wont know any different ad wouldnt eat most of the party food anyway. If any of my family or the inlaws want to drop around to see her they can but theyre coming to see HER not to be fed by me. I cant afford to do a big thing for her this year because her older sister is having her first ever birthday party (shes 5) at the end of march and everyone of both families is invited to that one.

Lesley - posted on 03/03/2010

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I'm a mother of 3 also and my baby will be one on March 17, 2010 and i'm doing a cupcake theme with red, blue and green colors. I serving hot dogs and chips my cousins is making the cake and my sons granny is making the punch................

Pam - posted on 03/03/2010

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I'm just doing cake, maybe some chips and drinks for my son's 1st birthday. we are doing it from 2:30-5, so people will be going home just in time for dinner...

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