I went all out for DS' 1st birthday. He's my first, so we were overly excited. I planned out this cute little cowboy-themed party, with decorations to the T, the $75 designer cake, we smoked 2 pork loins the night before, made 2 gallons of (home-made) baked beans... potato salad, the whole bit. Of 70 or so we invited, expecting 30-45 people, 12 showed up. 1 of those 12 weren't even on the invite list.
If I could do it all again, I'd have saved all the money on the invites, the money from the cake, and some of the decorations and spent more money on my DS.
I had a guest come to me and say, "Bayly, well, I got your son a gift, I did. Then I realized when I got here I had left my checkbook at home."
We had this at a park, and it was good for us, because there was plenty of room to let off steam!!
Just be prepared for anything, and don't let it disappoint you.
at 9:10 AM on Jun. 17, 2010