Why You Should Have A Small Celebration For Your Child’s First Birthday

by Emma W.R. on August 19, 2015

Let’s be honest: none of us remembers much from when we were little. The first memory I can actually date is at the age of three, when my father had to carry me out of the theater sobbing when E.T. left Elliott and went home. So let me give you a few reasons why you should have a small celebration for your child’s first birthday.

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1. Parties are expensive – Do you really want to break the bank on this one? Don’t forget – you have the bar or bat mitzvah, the sweet sixteen, the prom, the high school grad party, and the wedding to pay for, too!

2. Babies are easy to entertain – Sure, piles of presents are nice, but your little one is going to have a blast with the boxes and wrapping paper! You don’t need much of that!

3. This party is for you, not for him – You made it through baby’s first year – congratulations! Don’t fool yourself into thinking this party is about him. Did he pick out the theme? My first birthday was Raggedy Ann & Andy. I can’t tell you a time when those dolls ever meant a thing to me.

4. College is expensive – Spend that party budget on a college savings account! Or, as Suze Orman would advise, let the kid worry about college and fund your retirement.

5. You can make just as many memories on a budget as you can going all out – And dare I say it, you can probably make more! Start with one of our party invitations – they’re great for scrapbooks and keepsake albums!

There you have it: five reasons why you should have a small celebration for your child’s first birthday. Whether you take my advice or not, here’s to many happy birthdays to come!

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Annie May 8, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Close family and friends are perfect for a 1st birthday party. No need to throw a huge party.

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Jordie December 11, 2015 at 11:01 am

I made one of these myself on Cherishables and it came out so perfect.

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ab September 25, 2015 at 12:56 pm

I gave my kids parties every year for their birthdays. It is always simple and cheaper than renting a hall and having over 150 people. I normally cook and decorate the house with a theme. One year my son had a firefighter themed party in which I decorated the whole house and had just family come by and celebrate and for my daughter I did a princess themed slumber party. It didn’t cost me a lot and it made the clean up process so much easier. Now that I have a 2 new additions I have no idea what to do this year but I am surely not going to go broke over a 1st birthday in which they are not going to remember.

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kyle September 21, 2015 at 9:50 am

I love the perspective and its a great discussion opener

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ana September 21, 2015 at 9:50 am

I love it this will def help me for my child’s first birthday

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Giselle September 21, 2015 at 9:49 am

great tips

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Mitchell September 21, 2015 at 9:49 am

ugh, why do people insist on going over the top for a birthday party your child won’t even remember

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Jordan September 21, 2015 at 9:48 am

I like the idea of a first birthday, but going overboard is really unnecessary.

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Patsy September 16, 2015 at 2:35 pm

I think birthday parties for babies are a waste of money-they really are for the parents. Save the money and take a nice vacation with lots of picture you can use for your photo Christmas card

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Monica W September 15, 2015 at 10:41 am

One of the perks of a smaller party is that it can be less overwhelming for the birthday baby. An overwhelmed, stressed baby is probably not the memory you’re going for. Of course by a year old you’re going to have some idea how (s)he will respond to the festivities you’re planning. 🙂

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Catherine August 27, 2015 at 4:56 pm

I disagree. I think throwing a big first birthday party can be really great. Definitely more for the parents, family and friends rather than the baby, but it is a wonderful occasion to celebrate in a big way.

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Tonya August 22, 2015 at 10:14 am

First birthday parties usually seem to be more about the parents. The baby won’t remember!

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Alice R. August 21, 2015 at 11:03 am

Babies are easy to entertain. And they entertain us when they smash their face in the cake. (It happens every time, trust me!)

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Donna August 20, 2015 at 9:45 am

I love the idea of a small party. Just close family and friends, and lots of love!

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