We are counting down the days until Baby AE enters the world! Her room is prepped, the car seat is installed, and Mrs. AE is definitely ready for the end of pregnancy. Deep down, I know she is already a Wild and Vikings fan, it’s a beautiful thing. Don’t take it away from me.
Onto the topic of the day – long time readers know I am a planner, and my preferred method is to plan top-down by cost.
The three biggest costs we anticipate after birth: Daycare, Insurance, and Diapers. I talked about our daycare victory in my Finding Cheaper Solutions to Expensive Problems post and insurance is a check box at work with no way of reducing the cost. That leaves diapers as the biggest prepping question mark. The answer……..Diaper Party!
Before we get into the Diaper Party specifics, I am still surprised that diapers are the third on the list. I suppose food won’t be a major expense right away (if everything goes to plan) and everyone tells me kiddos go through a ridiculous amount of diapers so I guess it makes sense.
We decided to throw a joint diaper party with our close friends who are due a few weeks after us. It also happened to be my 30th birthday so we lumped that in as well. No presents for Mr. AE! Would rather have the diapers #LovePracticalGifts
What is a Diaper Party?
Everyone brings an adult diaper and
At it’s base, it is pretty simple:
- You buy beer
- You buy food
- Your friends bring diapers
- You all eat food and drink beer
More in depth version:
We can’t call it a party without the essentials.
We bought two 8 gallon kegs for about 40-50 people. 1 of Summit EPA and 1 Mich Golden Light (you can guess which one I prefer).
If we ever do this again I will buy cases of beer instead of going the keg route. We ended up with over half the Summit Keg left and I had to dump it out. With cases, we could at least save them for later and we could buy a more appropriate amount.
It turns out that when you get a little older, people drink less. Must have something to do with the kids running around.
We kept food pretty simple, easy crock-pot appetizers, fruit, vegetables and desserts. If it was a little nicer out we would have done burgers and brats/hot dogs but it was February in MN.
To keep it easy, we told our guests to bring diapers of any size, brand, and quantity. We will have beer and food, kids welcome!
Holy Crap That’s a lot of diapers!
It’s a Pun…..
For us, the diaper party was a chance to get together with everyone and have a good time before the baby consumes the next 3-4 months of our lives. We weren’t really sure what to expect. We have been to a few diaper parties over the years but didn’t pay attention to the logistics.
As you can see below, people were very generous and brought the monster packs, we should be set for 5-6 months based on 10 diapers/day. Maybe I am delusional, but I am putting a little trust into this Diaper Planner!
Purposefully, we didn’t focus on the financial aspect, all we wanted to do was break somewhere close to even at the end of the night. From my point of view we were going to be buying the diapers regardless, so if we could have a good time in the process, it’s a win.
With all the upcoming expenses, I’m happy we pushed this expense up before the baby is born and have a doomsday preppers haul in the house. I’m all about making life easier for the next 6 months, and we have one less thing to worry about.
I didn’t do math down to the penny but we ended up getting around $100 more in diapers than it cost to throw the party. If we would have gotten the right amount of beer it would have higher. I tear up a bit when I think of pumping all that beer into the sewer :(.
Something I never thought I would be happy about…..A pile of diapers