Frugal, fun birthday memories

Frugal, fun birthday memories

My daughter's 1st birthday is on Aug. 24th, and I'm starting to think about how to celebrate. I'll have a small party with some family and friends, and am planning for it to be in my mom's backyard (weather permitting). There will mostly be adults, but the guest kids will be 19 months, 20

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    My daughter's 1st birthday is on Aug. 24th, and I'm starting to
    think about how to celebrate. I'll have a small party with some
    family and friends, and am planning for it to be in my mom's
    backyard (weather permitting). There will mostly be adults, but the
    guest kids will be 19 months, 20 months, 4 years, and 6 years at the
    time. Any ideas for decorations, games, favors, and food that's
    frugal and not too time-consuming to prepare? I want people to have
    fun, but not make it too overwhelming for my baby.

    Also, I'm interested to hear about any birthday traditions you have
    started with your children. I read a suggestion in a book to start
    one or more traditions with the very first birthday. The child won't
    understand until later, but when they're 5 years old, they can say
    they've been doing such-and-such their "whole life". I am in the
    middle of a divorce, and am wondering how to make family history
    when the family will just be the two of us. I want to make things
    special for her, even though I won't have alot of money.

    Thanks for any suggestions.

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    1st & 2nd year birthday parties are mainly for the parents - not the
    kids. They just don't realize what is happening.
    After the 3rd year the Chuck e Cheese and McDonalds parties can start
    (and they are fairly frugal since you don't have to spend your time &
    energy cleaning anything - your time does cost money - too). Then when
    they reach elementary school and can read is when their funnest parties
    will be (for you and them). You can plan treasure hunts or get a
    moonwalk (call around - you can rent them for all day, where the place
    sets it up & takes it down (and hauls it off) for right around $100. It
    is worth paying $40 more for someone to do all this). I have done CEC.
    McD, moonwalks, a party at a nature center with live animals, and
    bowling parties for my son. He is 11 now. I think he enjoyed the
    moonwalks the best - but now he is too old for them. Bummer! I too am
    a single parent. We split up when he was 6 and his dad has been to all
    his parties since we split up. We had a pool in our backyard (I have
    since moved) so parties at the house were off limits when he was younger
    - it would have been too much trouble to have all the 5 - 7 yo kids
    there around the pool. I like my sanity <grin>
    So to get around to the traditions question... just make it his day...
    he will remember it.
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    For an "activity" at my son's first birthday party where the guests were too
    little to do much of anything we just made up a "birthday parade". We had
    all the kids lined up holding balloons, party hats on, etc. The birthday
    boy was in front pulled in his wagon and the others behind walking or in
    strollers, whatever. We just had a tiny little parade, played music, took
    cute pictures, hollered "Happy Birthday!" clapped, and gave candy and prizes
    to the guests. Oh and also for the adults I fixed a poster board with lots
    of cute pictures of baby and family members showing scenes from his first
    year.
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    As far as traditions, my Grandmother gave me every year for Christmas (I know it
    is not a birthday tradition, but none the less it is a tradition...) the
    Precious Moments ornament for that year. My Grandmother has been gone for
    almost 10 years now and my mother has taken over the tradition (I told my
    husband that when my mom is gone he will need to take it over!). It means so
    much to me to have these that I bought a special curio cabinet and display them
    year round.

    I would suggest you start your daughter a collection of something (it doesn't
    have to be expensive, but something that will be around for years to come) that
    she will be able to keep all her life and pass down to her children. I have so
    many special memories of my dear Grandmother and my Mom and I also have a
    collection that I enjoy, am proud of and that is very personal to me.

    Hope your little one has a wonderful birthday!!!
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    For my daughter's first birthday we bought a regular sized birthday cake for $10
    and had them decorate it w/ a castle and said Happy 1st Birthday Princess!
    That's what we called her sometimes. There were no games, or other foods. Just
    family, conversation and my daughter eating her first sweets and cake was
    entertaining enough for us. Now this time around when my son turns 1 i will buy
    him his special little first birthday cake. Walmart use to give them to you for
    free, not sure if they still do that program or not but worth checking into for
    sure. We won;t have any games then as well. We'll just have conversation and i
    am sure we'll do some sort of a potluck or i'll serve finger foods. When hubby's
    family comes they stay for a long time.
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    When my son was really little we just had a family birthday dinner. We are a
    small family so was just four grandparents and one aunt and uncle. I think
    his fifth birthday was the first we did for a party. We just asked the
    neighborhood kids he played with. I baked a cake and we had ice cream and kool
    ade.
    It was to be an outside party and had games planned as such, but it poured
    rain that day. The kids though had an absolute ball. I drew a picture of a
    witch and taped it on the wall. Then, blindfolded the kids, gave them chewing
    gums, which they used to make warts on the witch. Did this on a basement wall.
    They made up some of their own games and I made a treasure hunt giving out
    little trinkets I had bought at walmarts. We had a total of about seven kids
    there. And, he talked for weeks about his party and it cost very little.

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    Sighs. my kiddies are getting older and the parties are getting bigger..LOL

    For my daughter who will be Sweet Sixteen in Feb we are planning a sleepover
    for her and 5 friends.

    We have planned movies and munchies and of course up all night.LOL

    My son will be 13 in May and he wants NO party Just a dinner out.

    My other daughter will be 20 and is going to hang out she said.LOL

    When they were little I used to have the family dinner thing and it was
    great everyone brought something and I provided the Cake Ice cream and
    drink.



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    My SIL wanted her son's first b-day party to be for him, too. She made a
    point of only having food her son could eat. She made PB&J, and egg salad
    sandwiches. Cheap.
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