Annabelle’s 1st Birthday Party

Looking for some budget friendly ideas? Check out this adorable party that Jessica threw for her little girl, Annabelle, for her first birthday. This just proves that you don’t have to spend a ton of cash to have a very cute party.

What inspired the theme of your child’s party?

I had been searching through Pinterest for party ideas and DIY projects for Anna’s first birthday. I saw some pretty cute ideas, but nothing really ‘clicked’ for me. I was shopping with my best friend, hubby and Anna one day and came across some Meri Meri cupcake liners with owls on them and decided to go with an owl theme! I wanted something that I would be able to do a lot of the work on without having to spend a lot of money, and this was definitely doable!

What is one element of the party that you are particularly proud of?

I really enjoyed her wall of photos and birthday banner. It was a labor of love. It was also a bit emotional for me going through the photos of her and seeing how much and how quickly she has grown.

The invites were also handmade to save money, and I really love how they came out!

Did you work with any vendors? If so, who? And what did you like about them?

I didn’t work with any paid vendors. My husband’s aunt did the cake and cupcakes, and his uncle snapped photos for us! They were awesome.

I did purchase some items off of Etsy, the transactions were all smooth!

Etsy Vendors:

  • I purchased a ready to ship tutu from I LUV MY TUTU BY GG ($10+shipping). It was well worth the money paid!
  • I purchased a screen printed birthday onesie from Custom Shirt Designz ($14.99). The shirt served its purpose.
  • I purchased headband to match her tutu from Think Pink Bows ($8 + shipping). It was a beautiful headband and it matched the colors perfectly!

What was your favorite moment/part of the party?

My favorite part was mostly that my dad was able to be there. He doesn’t get to see Anna very often, I am so happy he and my mama made the drive up from New Jersey to Ontario to be a part of Anna’s first birthday.

Anna was also so adorable hugging teddy bears while opening her gifts.

What was your birthday girl’s favorite part?

The food! Always the food! Our little girl loves to eat and sampled almost everything, haha!

Can you give any advice to mamas that are planning a party for their little ones?

Remember to enjoy the moment. It is easy to get caught up in the details and trying to make everything perfect. What really matters is that you take the time to reflect on the year(s) past, how you have changed, how your little one has changed. I think there is a difference between throwing a party and actually celebrating your child, and sometimes that gets lost. Enjoy the planning, partying and celebrating, but don’t forget to give your little one lots of hugs and kisses!!

Details: Owl Themed (“Hoo’s Having a Birthday?”), about 45 guests, hosted at my home, no catering, several guests asked to bring something which helped cut down on costs!

Budget: $$ ($298.50, including her birthday presents)

Food/Drink : (Total = $121 )

  • Lunch meat and cheeses ($50 )
  • Condiments ($10)
  • Beer, Wine, Soda, Water, Juice (Free- brought by In-laws)
  • 2x Fruit Salads, Sliced Watermelon, grapes for decor ($20)
  • Deviled Eggs ($5)
  • Green, Pasta, other salads (Free- brought by guests)
  • Cake and Cupcakes (Free- brought by guests)
  • Cupcake Liners ($16)
  • Chips and Dip (Free- brought by guests)
  • Candy Bar ($25)

Decor: (Total = $65.50)

  • Tissue paper poms ($2 for tissue paper, everything else free)
  • Banners (Rope $4, paper - free, photo paper for 8×8 monthly squares $12, 4×6′s $12)
  • Balloons ($2)
  • Streamers ($2)
  • Cupcake poms ($2 liners, $1 for balls, $2 for vases)
  • Ribbon ($3.50)
  • Frame for guest book ($1)
  • Serving Trays and bowls ($5)
  • Table covers ($9)
  • Etsy Purchases ($35)

Gifts: (Total = $112)

2 Responses to Annabelle’s 1st Birthday Party

  1. Adorable party! I love all the details and all of the photos you had on display. Looks like it was a blast.

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