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Baby's First Birthday: Do it Big or Small and Relaxed?

Avery’s first birthday is nearly a month away and I am in the beginning steps of planning her birthday party. Since moving to the city, I’ve realized that birthday parties can be tough living in the city. We don’t live in an apartment that is big enough to hold a lot of people for a party, yet we don’t really want to spend a lot of money to rent a place to hold the party. So that’s our dilemma. Do we go out all and just find a place and just spend the money or do we invite a few close friends and family and have a small party at our apartment?

We had Harlan’s first birthday party at our apartment, but only because we had just moved to the city and knew no one. We had family fly in from out of town to celebrate with us. I decorated the apartment and made some fun snacks and we sat around and celebrated Harlan. Her second and third birthdays have been a lot more elaborate and we’ve moved them outside of the apartment.

I want Avery’s first birthday party to be as special as ever. It is a very memorable and special day for her and I want her to be able to look back on it and know just how great her very first birthday was.

Whether or not we have it at our apartment or at another place in the city, the guest list will only be about 15-20 people. Our apartment can fit that, but it will be tight. I don’t want to be stressed out over the birthday party. I would love for it to be a day that I look forward to!

What did you do for your little one’s first birthday? Did you throw a big party or just keep it simple?

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