It was the Little Lady's first birthday! Moving and unpacking made for one tired momma but we were all still ready to eat some cake. I love birthdays! I try to make it a special day for my kids even on small bugdet by doing some simple things:
Birthday shirt: For us this is the first present they open on the morning of their special day. Birthday shirts are great to get on clearance ahead of time (since your know you celebrate one every year). I find them around $2 dollars at children's place but you can also make your own with a plain shirt as well ( I have some cute ideas save on my Pinterest boards).
Birthday Theme Decor: I try to ask what theme the Little Man would like each time his birthday comes around or try to base it off what he is into. Decorations can be a simple as a paper banners, using toys they already have and put paper birthday hats on them. Decorating a special hat, their birthday chair or cake will add to the theme and can be made pretty easy. Any dollar store or dollar section is a great place to find birthday decor and help you keep on track with your budget.
Invitations: Once you picked out your theme it is time to set the date and design the invites. This is an area where you can cut cost completely by finding free invitation printables or make your own for free at Smilebox and send them through email or hand delivering them to guests.
Party: This can be expensive depending on how many guest and the type of activities you plan. By keeping it simple and using things you already have, you can keep the cost down to a minimum. For example, making a cardboard train or car for any transportation themed party is a huge hit. Dig for pirate treasure or dinosaur bones in sand or shredded paper. Search for Dory in an ocean themed sensory bin or decorate a paper boat to sail the ocean like Moana. Pinterest makes it seem like every party needs coordinating labels for water bottles, elaborate activities, fancy fondant cakes, and matching themed family shirts to make a party memorable. But creativity, simplicity and loved ones make a party, not the fluff.
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We celebrate the Little Lady's 1st birthday by simply with a little chair decor, eating cupcakes and driving to see all the great grandparents that live near us. They came to see her at the hospital when she was born so it was neat that they also got to visit with her again a year later on her first birthday and the photos where priceless.
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Hello, I'm Lindsey
A wife to hubby pursing higher education, a mother to two energetic kids, obsessed with all things farmhouse vintage and believer that food always taste better when it is shared.