A few weeks ago we celebrated Grace’s first birthday! Some people spend a lot of money on birthday parties. We don’t believe that our money is best used on parties (especially with a child so young) and I just wanted to give a quick breakdown of the activities, the budget and our guests.
We also got some loot bags. Dollarama was my best friend. My mom introduced me to her favourite dollar store and we ended up getting all the loot bags for super cheap. Finally, we bought colouring books, crayons, markers and other crafts and games for the kids to play with. These ended up costing next to nothing since it was back to school season. We paid pennies for the paper and crayons and it was a huge hit!
We had 4 play-stations:
Building (Mega Bloks and Lego)
Board Games and Cards (Across two tables. One for the younger children and one for the older children and adults)
My aunt also made some soup and cupcakes for everyone to enjoy and another one of my aunts came early to setup. It was a team effort and I’m glad for the help from everyone involved. The decorations were extremely minimal. We only decorated the main table and got balloons for taking pictures against a wall. It was a huge hit! Even though she wasn’t in the mood for smiling for her pictures, family and friends were able to get their exclusive picture with Grace! My sister and brother brought the jumbo bear and Grace loves it.
Here’s the budget breakdown:
Outfit: $60 from Etsy (not included in the $300 since we would have bought with or without the party)
Decorations: $20 (table cloths, printed Pinkfong themed cards, balloons)
All together we ended up spending about $350 for the party and it was worth every penny. She loved it and we got some amazing pictures with friends and relatives.