Sure, her first birthday party is more for you than for her. But just because she won’t remember it doesn’t mean you don’t want to go all out! Here’s how to celebrate this important milestone without blowing the mortgage money in the process. (Hint: Save the pony rides for when she’s older!)
The easiest way to keep party costs down is to keep the guest list under control. Consider inviting only family or capping the list at 15 people or so. Think about your ratio of adults to kids, too. Adults eat and drink more than kids do, making them more expensive guests overall.