Every parent gets excited about their baby's first birthday but often times, big plans are made, even bigger bucks are spent and the Birthday Boy or Girl ends up sleeping through the majority of the party.
So, on this fine Tuesday, Soirée wants to give you a few tips on how to throw your 1 year old a Budget- Friendly Birthday Party!
Tip#1: Party Time
The time of the party is key. To ensure that the guest of honor enjoys the festivities, plan for a late morning or early afternoon celebration. Baby will have the most energy during this time and will be sure to stay awake and engaged. A good time and an even better post-party nap are guaranteed!
A dinner time gathering with close family is also a great a idea for your 1 year old. They can expend whatever energy is left from their day, have a smash cake, have a birthday bubble bath and then go right to bed! Cute pictures of them smashing the cake can be made into announcements and sent out to other family and friends. This is a great way to keep cost down while still including lots of family and friends!
Tip#2: Mommy & Me Birthday Brunch Play Date
A fun idea for kids AND adults! Moms can enjoy a relaxing brunch while the Birthday Boy or Girl gets to play with friends! Depending on the brunch time, cupcakes and ice cream cups or frozen yogurt with fruit toppings (if it's still morning) can be served to the children. This idea is low-budget, easy to set-up and clean-up, and your kid(s) are sure to have a nice afternoon nap after a few hours of playing with their friends!
***At this age, children have not yet mastered the art of sharing, so make sure there are enough toys and activities to go around. Stay away from small toys to avoid choking hazards.
Tip#3: Pre-Party Pictures
There's nothing worse than not being able to properly capture your candid shots because of the cake and ice cream smeared all over your baby's face and clothes. While the messy pictures are most definitely funny, every parent wants to get a few pictures of their 1 year old before they get birthday cake wasted. So snap a few pictures of your baby in their birthday outfit before the party begins to capture a few cake-free candids.
Celebrate your baby's birthday the Soirée way... Fun and Budget-Friendly!