Ahhh! I did it. I made it through the twin’s 1st year and survived their first birthday party… and I pulled it off flawlessly if I do say so myself. They had an absolute blast. I’m still getting text and Facebook messages from guests telling me how much fun they had.

After everything was said and done, I walked away only having spent around $100. With that, I fed around fifteen people, had awesome decorations, and was able to hand out lovely adult party favors to each of my female guests. How did I do it? Here are some tips:

Pick a budget and stick with it.
You may think that you need five packs of Mickey Mouse balloons, but I promise that things can be just as festive with two. Don’t go overboard.

If you and your attendees are drinkers (excluding the kiddies of course) serve a fun drink.
This plays into the “fun” part. By making a fruity libation, all adults were able to relax and kick back with a smile.
Let’s be honest – 1st birthday parties tend to be more for adults given that your child is slightly oblivious to what exactly is going on. Play in to that fact and make it fun for all. If alcohol’s not your thing, play a card or board game for adults.

Accept help!

If your girlfriend wants to make her favorite meatballs, let her! There’s no rule that says that you have to do it all on your own. This will help you save your wallet as well as your sanity.

No cake!
Now before you tell me that I’m a cruel Mother, we did have a pastry, but it was in the form of tasty cupcakes. Cupcakes were cheaper. (For a container of six, it cost around $3.00 at our local grocer. You could probably come out even cheaper if you want to be Super Mom and make your own.)
The best part was the mess… there was none. No excessive crumbs or “stickies” from cake cutting; and I bought the cutest little Mickey Mouse cupcake holder for 5 bucks to make it the ultimate self-serve birthday desert.



By no means am I a party expert, but I threw one heck of a shindig. The feelings that I had while watching the twins play and bounce about on their special day were unmatched. Mission accomplished. 🙂


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