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New Mom: The first birthday party

Posted May 7, 2011

Well, friends, the big one is coming up. Asher will be one year old! (And so far, I've had no emotional meltdowns.) This year feels simultaneously short and long. Funny how that happens.

I'm sure it goes without saying, but, I'm SO excited for his upcoming birthday party! I've put quite some time into planning his celebration (I am a producer, after all), yet wanted to be careful not to go overboard. I want his party to be full of love, meaningful memories and of course, cupcakes with yummy icing. First birthday invitation

We're going for a fun, homemade feel at his "Party in the Park." And, I'm on a budget here. So, I'm trying to work with items that I've gathered along the way in combination with things from around the house.

First things first, though. The invitation. Delivered via a Frisbee. Right in the mailboxes of our favorite people. Complete with the invitation stuck right on it! I pictured everyone opening their mailbox, thinking what is that? and then realizing it was a Frisbee invite!

So, after some online research, I learned that you can mail most anything. Just affix the stamps right on it and drop it off at the post office. The nice postal worker didn't even bat an eye when I showed up with my brown bag of Frisbees.

I set up a work station at the USPS and stuck a variety of stamp on each Frisbee (they were low on some quantities of stamps). I think they ended up around $1.20-something each. I told myself my price cut off was $1.50. If it was going to be that much, I was going to plop them in envelopes and mail in a more standard (read: cheaper) way.

I am very tickled with how they came out!

Frisbees: Oriental Trading, $14.99 for 24
Full sheet of labels: Amazon, $10.45 for 100 sheets (super good deal)

Kira of Raleigh is the mom of Asher (who actually turned one last month). She also recently started her own company Krobe Interactive, offering website services. Find her here on Go Ask Mom from time to time. And you can always find her on her blog Grits, Grins and Gripes.


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  • Kira May 11, 2011

    You're right; it wasn't the most economical way to send invites. But, when looking at my priorities for the day, I really, really, really wanted to try out the frisbee invites. So, I found the most affordable way and kept costs down in all the other areas.

  • thomashumphrey May 9, 2011

    Total off point but a interesting FYI: for years tire dealers have mailed tires but simple pasting a label on the tread and paying the postage.

  • uncalumni03 May 9, 2011

    I agree with Bklyn2Raleigh. Real fun idea; but that is a lot of money for just invitations (if you are trying to budget).

  • Bklyn2Raleigh May 9, 2011

    Cute idea...but $54.24 cents on invitations alone does not sound like a budget to me.

  • lwilhelm1 May 9, 2011

    When my daughter turned one I realized that her birthday was not really a milestone for her. It was really one for me. One year of being a mom, one year of watching her grow, one year of having this amazing child in my life.
    To her, every day was a milestone with new skills learned and experiences discovered. Every day was a celebration. This birthday would be little different from other days. She wasn't really to notice this special day, but I and her extended family would. The party was for us to celebrate her life.

    By the way, cute frisbee idea.

  • Kira May 7, 2011

    Crazy, isn't it? Apparently you can mail most anything. Just put the postage right on it.

  • kittiboo May 7, 2011

    What a cute idea! I never would've thought you could mail something like that.