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First birthday what to do and how much to spend, it’d my sons first birthday and I see par eats spending over 1000’s of dollars but I was thinking of spending bout $500 but is that to much


Posted by mom57506, 14th August 2014


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  • It really depends on what you are comfortable with and how much you can afford

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  • nice to read stories on this great site

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  • exellent super story

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  • Spend the amount that you think is most appropriate.

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  • buy yourself a pressy for surviving the first year and just something little but memorable for bub they are to young to know, Just make sure you keep it for their 18 or 21st

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  • Thank u everyone for your help thanx

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  • First birthdays are all about surviving the first year. Lol just enjoy it no matter how much you spend or don’t spend

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  • No child would remember their first birthday, so spending over $100 on a first birthday party is just a waste of money, unless you live to impress other people. A birthday bbq or picnic would be enjoyed by everyone, and wouldn’t cost the earth.

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  • Small and tasteful is best. With family and perhaps mothers group friends if you’re in one.

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  • Why spend so much on a birthday party that your child will never remember, I think at that age a huge over the top party is only held for the adults, why not just have a nice day at home with family and a few close friends having a BBQ I know I would remember that more than going out and spending a fortune and not really enjoying yourself.

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  • to be real about it all you can do a nice party at home as most would be for adults and older kids as really do you remember your first birthday ….he won’t. Make or by a cake and have family to help celebrate the day. Just think of what else you could use or buy what your child needs than a huge party that costs way to much that he will not remember.

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  • My eldest son’s first birthday was huge.I can’t remember how much I spent but I had a face painter & jumping castle & it seemed liked every Aunt, Uncle,neighbour & friend was there. Spent lots of $$ on food, cakes & decorations.Do I regret it -no. Does he remember it- no.Did my other son have the same-no..well perhaps not to the same extent. Do you live & learn- yes. Do what you feel comfortable with & what you can afford.Goodluck

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  • Some people just have to keep up with the Jones and I can say I am not one. You can put on a lovely party at home with some lovely homemade cakes and treats and if your son has cousins or close friends his age you may even like to have a BBQ with the littlies and family. My children have all been to extravagant birthday events and their most liked/favoured was the birthday parties at home or other childrens home when they were at the age to play pass the parcel, pin the tail etc games. Spending heaps of $$$$ does not necessarily mean it is memorable.

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  • Our boy celebrates his first early next year. We won’t be doing much or buying much. Would much rather spend the $$ on savings. Bub won’t remember it – plus I spoil my boy all year around with toys and clothes. If we do buy much, it will probably be clothes and Manchester – things that will be well used/last.

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  • Here’s the thing: it’s a birthday your kid will only remember through photos. I wouldn’t go over the top. We had a very simple afternoon tea for friends (mostly adults since kids don’t really have friends at that age) – probably spent about $50. And we have done that for all our kids’ first birthdays.

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