"My advice to new moms wanting a big awesome first birthday party? Do it!" Alex says. "Don't let anyone tell you it isn't worth it. I wanted to celebrate my special little boy, and boy, did we! I did set a reasonable $500 max budget (for decor, presents, and food) because I don't think you need to go into debt planning and paying for a party that, let's face it, they won't remember. Be reasonable about it, get creative, and most importantly, be resourceful."