Birthday On A Budget

With a new baby expected next year, we need to save again for his first birthday. The baby’s first birthday is celebrated with more extravagance than the succeeding birthdays. It is the parents’ way of thanking God for taking care of their baby for the most crucial part of his life: the first 12 months.
I am a practical person yet I don’t want to shortchange Adi’s first birthday. My husband and I initially thought of holding the party in Jollibee or Mc Donald’s but our guests would surely find it far. We don’t want our guests to have the alibi that they were not able to come to Adi’s party because Jollibee or Mc Donald’s is far from their place.
We have an acquiantance from the church who is a good cook. His former job was a cook at an international hotel in Makati. We decided to hold Adi’s party at home and stick to a budget.

Checklist of Baby’s First Birthday Party:
1. Theme- Adi loves Mickey Mouse. We decided a Mickey theme for the party.
2. Venue- We held the party at the apartment. I had the garden meticulously cleaned. We rented a tent for PhP 1,500. Chairs, tables and catering utensils at PhP 7,500. Decoration is included except the tarpauline and balloons.
3. Tarpauline- I designed Adi’s tarpauline and had it printed for PhP 250.
4. Balloons- I bought 3 packs of big balloons (12 balloons per pack) and 1 pack of small balloons. Total price was PhP300.
5. Goldilock’s cake with Mickey Theme at PhP2,500.
6. Ice cream cart- rented the cart with 6 gallons of ice cream at PhP 2,500.
7. Cotton candy cart- at PhP 1,500.
8. Adi’s birthday clothes- with Mickey printing, all in all at PhP 600.
9. Food and Drinks budget- Four different viands, rice and dessert for adults and spaghetti, hotdog and brownies for kids- PhP12,000.
10. Give aways- 30 tokens worth 30 pesos each. All in all at PhP900.
11. Party hats good for 30 kids and other design materials- PhP 600.
12. Videoke- PhP 500

Adi’s first birthday party costed us around PhP 30,000+. We had 30 kids and around 70 adults who joined the fun. There was unlimited supply of ice cream and cotton candy. Everybody was happy. It was a joyful celebration.

I know that some caterers charge PhP 250 per head and given our 100 guests on Adi’s birthday party, that would have costed us PhP 25,000. But the venues that we have here are either too expensive (PhP 16,000 per day, no per hour rental) or too far (PhP 4,000 per day). Besides, I think it’s best to celebrate my baby’s first birthday with our neighbors since we consider them as family.

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