8 Budget-Friendly First Birthday Party Ideas

Just because your baby's big day is here doesn't mean you need to shell out the big bucks. Check out these budget-friendly first birthday party ideas that are guaranteed to make your bash memorable.

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01 of 08

Frame Your Baby's 'Year of Firsts'


Keep your kiddo's first birthday decor super simple and sweet with a framed photo collage of all their firsts. Not only is it an adorable decoration for the party, but it's also a beautiful keepsake you'll always cherish.

To buy! Tilted Heart Collage Art Print, $15.00 at shutterfly.com

02 of 08

Crepe Paper Everything

crepe paper birthday decoration
Lia Griffith

Want to keep the budget to a minimum for your child's first birthday and still have a stylish bash? No problem! You can make all the decor out of crepe paper (no, really). You can make napkin rings, lanterns, party favors—you name it!—with cheap paper streamers.

To buy! Lia Griffith Heavy Crepe Paper, $19.34 at amazon.com

03 of 08

Get Your Snack On


Chances are, there will be a few toddlers at the party in addition to the guest of honor. Cater to their culinary needs by displaying Cheerios, Goldfish, and other "pick-ups" in cute treat cups. It's inexpensive and looks nice and polished.

To buy! Rainbow Polka Dots Party Cups, $14.99 at amazon.com

04 of 08

Make Treats Part of the Decor

mini donuts
Erin J. Saldana

Few things are cuter than mini donuts (besides, of course, the birthday kid), so why not make them part of the decor? Slip a few mini donuts (or cookies that look like donuts) around a straw and glass of milk, and you've got some adorable party treats that double as decorations.

To buy! Glass Milk Bottle Set of 12, $22.99 at amazon.com

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Do the Monster Mash

Monster Party Decor
The Photographer's Wife

If you want to get theme-y, a monster bash is a fun way to go. Create budget-friendly monsters like utensil holders that are really just empty tissue boxes. Clever!

To buy! Little Monster Party Plates, $14.80 at zazzle.com

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Have a Milk and Cookies Party

Cookies for the Party
A Lucky Lovely Life

Whether you're turning 1 or 100, it's impossible to resist the tried-and-true milk and cookies combo. And a bonus? Neither will break the bank, making for a super affordable party theme.

To buy! Small Glass Bottles With Cork Lids, $17.99 at amazon.com

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No-Sew High-Chair Tutu


Up your smash cake photo op with a no-sew tutu for your baby's highchair. The little ballerina in your life will look even cuter (if that's possible) sitting behind a big tuft of tulle.

To buy! Rainbow 1st Birthday High Chair Tutu, $13.98 at amazon.com

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Have a Ball

Rainbow ball pit
Christina Landeros of Moments Captured Photography

No baby or toddler will be able to resist some good, clean ball pit fun. Simply add colorful balls to a blow-up kiddie pool, and you've got hours of (cheap) entertainment on your hands.

To buy! Kids Indoor Pop Up Ball Play Tent, $13.87 at amazon.com

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