Honestly, yes I would judge. Although not always negatively. I'd just be thinking "Those parents must be trying to prove something". But then I guess that's because the only parents I've ever known to spend exorbitant amounts of money on a birthday for a child who's too young to remember it are unfortunately a couple of people with very low self esteem who always seem to be trying to keep up with the Robinsons.
My kids have great birthdays, but I'd rather put the extra money towards an education fund or something that will last.
People can spend their money any way they like. I just have different priorities to those people I guess. Doesn't make me right or them *shrug*.
I never should have posted this thread. I never would have imagined such thoughts!
And what if you're planning what you think is a fun celebration for everyone? Not just for the birthday kid to remember, but for other family and friends too? I still have happy memories of DD's first 2 birthdays, and to me they were our celebration too.
No 'keeping up'. Just celebrating something special to us.
As to the other poster who mentioned about cakes... Pfft. I love any excuse to decorate cakes, as it's a hobby I enjoy. Not for showing off, but because I enjoy doing it.
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I don't see $700 as getting into the keeping up with the jones' territory TBH. It is more than I would spend, but it's not like you'd have to take out a loan or anything....it's really not a huge amount if you're hiring a castle etc.
I would not judge. I would not even think about how much it cost. Seriously you turn up at a party, kids are having fun and are entertained I'm happy! I'm not standing there thinking, gee that clown must have cost heaps and the jumpy castle! For all I know you have a friend who is the clown and is doing it for free and you got a big discount on the castle..
It is very easy to spend money on kids parties even just on food. $700 is all relative to what you can afford.
Go for it and have fun, and perhaps of your friends at the party are judgy and snide get sine new friends....
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