First Birthday Bash: To Be Extravagant or To Be Thrifty

Every parent wants the best for their kids and celebrating their first birthday is surely not an exception. Throw a party that can be remembered with these smart money-savvy tips for a happy birthday celebration for your little one!


Planning is everything – to start with, set up a budget. List the things that you need and an estimated price of each. Make sure that it includes the time, the guests, the food, the venue and some other extra expenses such as souvenirs and adult beverages for the parents.

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It’s very important where you want the event to take place while making sure that it is baby-friendly. Perhaps a little cleaning in the backyard will do? Or how about your parents’ lawn? And if your baby’s birthday is in the winter season, staying indoors with a lovely fireplace would be cozy.


It’s the highlight of the event! If customised cakes are expensive be creative and look for other options. You can get ready-to-eat cakes from local bakeries or you can make it yourself there are plenty of tutorials on you-tube to guide you through the process Oops! Don’t forget to take some snaps of the big day 😊


Skip the fancy decorations and theme. It will cost you a lot and know that most items usually end up in the bin but if you really wanted to, purchase some balloons and blow them up yourself. Streamers are really cheap too. You can find these items in the discount stores.


This will most likely be the biggest expense of the day (besides presents for your little one) but there are ways to reduce the costs. Made at home sandwiches, quiches and sausage rolls is a good option and you can also influence the ingredients to make it somewhat healthy. There are platters available from Subway, Sushi Train, Coles and places such as Aldi offer reasonably priced bulk packs of frozen pies, chicken tenders and pizza.


We are now living in a world where technology is used in almost everything so why not make the most of it? Instead of taking time cutting, pasting and decorating the invitation cards you can just make and design it online for free then email them

Here are some websites to choose from:

Accept helping hands

Preparing a special occasion can sometimes become a pain in the neck. Especially when you do it alone. Don’t be shy asking for help it will make everything faster and easier. You’re making memories together too.

These are just some of the creative ways to save money on your child’s birthday. Keep in mind that this day is not just your child’s celebration. You should also give yourself a pat on the back for making this day a success.