The Procrastinator's Guide to Planning Your Kids 1st Birthday!
Sorry everyone, I have been so busy that I haven't posted in a couple of weeks. Life hit so fast! Lots of household things to take care of and I finally have a fee minute of creativity! This weeks' topic is: How to plan a kids birthday party on a budget. Here is a disclaimer: This was my first time ever planning a birthday party for a child. Since this was his first birthday I definitely understood that he will not remember this party so technically this was for us, the parents, and our family and friends. I definitely waited last minute. I really have no idea why it was a mix of procrastination and under estimating what all I had to do.
1. Location: The very first thing was the location. I live in a small two bedroom so I decided that my place was not an option so I thought of the next best thing. Our clubhouse they allow the residents to use the space first come first serve for free. That's right for FREE! That is one perk of renting especially if you have a small apartment having the luxury of a party space. Not only was it extremely affordable. It looked nice and modern. The room needed minimal decorating.
2. Invitations: Facebook and text message. Some may think its tacky I call it eco friendly! I really didn't want to spend the time or effort on postage and paper invites. They will eventually end up in the trash.
3.. Food: This is hard. I chose to think about everyone's allergies and diets. So I decided to do a taco bar I was able to save by going to my local Aldi to pick up the fresh ingredients in bulk. I did my own cooking which saved on catering and I picked up a cake from a local grocery.
4. Decorations: Dollar Tree saved my life. There I was able to find a cute table cloth, balloons and bunch of paper goods. I love that store you always leave with everything you need and some of what you don't. LOL!
5. Music: My husband was in charge of that. I brought over his Bluetooth speaker I had one rule no profanity in the music.
Now, I suggest you do not do this all in one day like I did, but I was able to get it done with the help of my mother. I took everything over to the space and it hardly took anytime! I am glad that those that could come enjoyed themselves. I am so overwhelmingly thankful for everyone that is in our lives. I am sure that as the years go I'll get even better. Not bad for year one!