I had already purchased some penguin (Madegascar themed) plates on clearance after Christmas for $.50 each (3 packs) and 2 packs of napkins at $.50 each. Using this animal theme I started looking around the house for animals toys and books (idea from Storytime at our library) that we could use for decorations.
I also decided to bake my own cake using staples we already had on hand and some ingredients that we had purchased for Once A Month Cooking. I also put together a cherry pie (graham crust, cherry pie filling, and cool whip) all which had been bought a couple of months ago at Bi-Lo on sale with coupons (of course). If I remember correctly, the graham crust was $.50, cherry pie filling-$.50, and cool whip-$.25, so about $1.25 in all. The frosting for the cake had been about $.50 if not cheaper.
I made his 1st year birthday hat out of construction paper, which he did not want to wear as you can tell! We also blew up some balloons that had been leftover from a dollar store purchase.
The Final Product: A Very Happy One Year Old!
What creative and frugal things have you done for birthdays in your home? Please share what you have done, we have lots of birthdays in the future!