Mila’s First Birthday! (Budget birthday ideas for baby.)

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I searched non-stop for baby’s first birthday ideas before finally deciding to go my own way. Here is my little thrown-together birthday party for our sweet girl! Seriously, can you believe Mila is ONE? Cause I can’t. (I’m late on this post, so she’s actually 14 months…but who’s counting?) Time really flies when you’re having fun. Sure, becoming a parent is no walk in the park…heck, the first year of her life has been one of my hardest transitions yet! I wouldn’t change it for the world, though, and I know all my mama friends would agree. Being a mom means wanting the best for your baby, but also always trying to save money…So if you want to throw a cheap (but cute) birthday party for your baby, keep reading!

I saved a lot of money by using things I already had (like the pink tablecloth, jars for the plastic cutlery, and the punch bowl). I also made all the food myself, with the help of my mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother-in-law! I even baked her cake myself, because I wanted to make it healthier for her. I can send the recipe to anyone who requests it! The cake itself was very good (despite being gluten, sugar, and dairy free – It was made with coconut sugar).  I would definitely do different frosting next time though…

The punch recipe can be found here. We also had my grandmother’s famous potato salad, deviled eggs, and cucumber sandwiches, as well as chicken salad sandwiches, made with my favorite chicken salad recipe. A couple bowls of chips rounded things off and was a cheap way to increase the amount of food we had for people to enjoy.

I bought both the cake stand and cake topper on Amazon and plan to use this cake stand for many other occasions. Actually, now that I think about it…I’m pretty sure that all the decorations I bought for her party were purchased through Amazon (what a lifesaver, right?) And if you’re a procrastinator, like me, prime shipping saves the day because you know everything will be there in 2 days!

Mila’s dress is from Jamie Kay and her headband was a gift, so I’m not sure where it’s from. Her shoes are Old Navy.

Ok, so lets talk details for decorating her high chair! I was most excited about this part, because this is where I took most of the pictures of her for the event. Her high chair is the cocoon high chair from Love Oribel, and it is AMAZING. So easy to clean and so sleek looking, I get compliments on it all the time. The streamers behind her were cut from a few rolls of white streamer from the dollar store & hung on a strip of burlap (also from dollar store). The balloons were some old ones my dad had stored and yes…he also has a helium pump (bonus)!

The “Happy Birthday” balloons can be found here and the triangle banner I hung behind the food table can be found here. Both of these are super affordable and easy ways to upgrade the decor for any birthday party! Lastly, I found this gorgeous champagne floral garland to wrap around her high chair. I secured it with regular tape, although you might be able to find a better way to hang it.

After we ate and had cake, we played a few games, one of which was this cute guessing game for guests to guess different facts about baby’s first year!

Last but not least, I just have to share this cute photo I took of the difference between the bodysuit Mila came home in and the bodysuit she wore the day she turned 1! How crazy is it that they grow so fast?

Thanks for following along!

Happy planning,


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