One year ago we welcomed Brandy Marilyn into this world, and she continues to be an absolute blessing in our lives!
That was hands down thee best homeschool day that I have ever experienced, as Renzo (at age eight years) was present for the entire birth!
Who would have thought that we would be celebrating her first birthday in a home in Florida!
I have come to be much more relaxed with birthday celebrations and keeping three simple rules:
One: Have at least one balloon. Today, I opted for a single number one shaped balloon!
Two: Have wrapped present(s)… wrapped is the key here and NOT in a bag….Wrapping paper is just wayyyyyy too much fun to tear open!
Three: Have cake. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, but you must have cake to truly call it a party! It may, or may not be accompanied by cupcakes, but my rule is that there must be a cake!
I had so much fun preparing for Brandy’s first birthday on a budget! I have had so much luck here finding gems at the consignment stores…
Ruffled onesie like new “Baby Gap” on consignment for : $ 3.50
Gold sandals like new on consignment for: $2.50
Crown (splurge) from a boutique for: $6.00
Isn’t it adorable?!
Her gifts included a tea set from Target for $15.00
A Cupcake set from Target for: $13.00
A two piece doll set that Brooke insisted we purchase for her… still new in box from consignment (splurge): $22.00
And a little wooden pull toy used from consignment for: $6.00
Gifts TOTAL: $56.00
I would have made a cake to save on cost, but then it would have required me to buy a cake pan and supplies… so I splurged and bought the cake for: $30.
This evening, we are headed downtown to Lake Eola where there is an outdoor theatre and the girls’ ballet school is performing tonight…The cost of the Snow White ballet performance is FREE!
So I have managed to pull together a memorable birthday celebration for a grand total of ninety eight dollars!!
I hear that there are going to be a bunch of trendy food trucks lined up around the theatre tonight, so now we have money to spare! Pat has his eyes set on the Treehouse Truck for a good burger…