A few years ago I would have gone if someone suggested $700 was normal for a kids birthday party.
BUT....now that ds1 has been in school for a couple of years I totally get it.
Ds1 had his first party last year (6th birthday). I kept it low key, about 7 friends, plus siblings and parents, mil and her partner. We made all the food, did old school party games and lolly bags. Including presents we probably spent $200.
So I can see that since mine was low key, add some entertainment, provided food and it would add up pretty quickly.
At the end of the day though WHO CARES!!! I hope it all turns out great and your son has an absolute ball OP.
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I don't care or even think about how much a party costs, I reserve my judgement for the lolly bags! That's only because I was the one who ate them until DD was about 5.
I also make my DD's cakes, she chooses what she wants from the Woman's Weekly birthday cakes book & I try to make it look like the picture, that's what my mum did for me growing up. If I get that cake looking like the picture, you can be sure I'll be as proud as punch and face booking the pics (actually I would FB the flops too).
Nope, wouldn't judge. I have spent that much on a party before, it's easily done! Food, drinks, entertainment. It's not something I could do for all 4 kids each year, but I think if you can throw at least one memorable party with some really cool stuff for each kid at some point, it's OK and not too extravagant.
My sons 10th party was worth $3500 - Thank God I won it, it was awesome and at age 12 his mates still bring it up!
As for cakes, I plastered my 5 year olds cake all over my FB page as I was soooo proud of it. It was a really easy cake to make, but looked so yum!
Much better than the cake I tried to make for him the year before which ended up being thrown onto the front lawn, still bl00dy stuck in the baking tin!!!! Giant cupcake gone bad, and hard, and burnt.
I love it when my friends boast about things they've made. It inspires me to try harder!
It's a bit tragic really that some people find it rude for another mother being proud of her baking.
We all grew tiny humans and everyone said "well done", why not a cake? Making a cake takes some skill!
Last edited by Smyles; 16-06-2013 at 21:43.
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