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    if u want to spend that much then go for it. not anyones business to judge.

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    I agree with a PP who said it would be more about if the parent could afford it or not...if they were always talking about how broke they were or could not afford the basics and then spent $700 on a kids party I would wonder if they had their priorities straight.

    If they could afford it...then sure, go for it.

    We normally spend about $500 on birthdays (total between present and party) but sometimes we go over that...this year went wayyyy over but it was on something that will get years and years of usage by the 4 of us so i don't mind as much.

    If the family can afford it, then no one has the right to judge.

    I have been to amazingly over the top parties that prop cost well over $2k and to smaller ones that prob cost no more than $100 and it was not the bling that made them great...it was the fun the kids had.

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    This thread is scaring me! Whatever happened to pin the tail on the donkey, a slice of cake and run around the back yard?

    Each to their own OP, it sounds like an awesome party!

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    No, I would never judge a parent for spending 'too much' on their child's birthday party, but I have (had) a friend who constantly makes references about parents spending too much money on their kids, on her FB page. It really irks me, so I've actually cut contact with her. Just because she can't (or chooses not to) spend the amount of money we do on parties and clothes, shouldn't give her (or others) the right to criticize us.
    Everyone's circumstances and priorities are different and that should be respected. I've always spent quite a bit of money on my children's parties - anywhere from $500 - $1000, and I don't regret it for one second. Our children's birthdays are very important to me, and even more so now, after our five and a half year old daughter passed away. You just never know if the one you are celebrating will be their last. I'm really proud of the fact that our daughter had five wonderful birthday parties whilst here on earth, and this year on 11th September, we will have a party to celebrate what should be her 7th birthday, with family and friends.
    I will always aim to give our little boy the best birthday parties I can, and if that means spending more money than what others deem 'appropriate', then so be it.
    Do what YOU want to do, and don't worry about what others think. At the end of the day, it's YOUR child, not theirs. Have a fantastic party

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    Only if I wasn't invited.

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    Eh, I'd only spend that much if I didnt have to lift a finger!

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    When I saw the topic to this thread, I was thinking you were going to say 5k or something like that.

    I think 1k on a party is about average???
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    We spent close to $1000 last year on DS birthday. Hired an indoor play centre to be open after hours so he could invite as many kids as he wanted...ended up with 50 invites. Add in the food and drink (catered by us not the play centre) and it was a fortune. The kids all loved it though and this year DS is getting a sleepover and a trip to the movies haha
    I did get some comments from other parents about it being a little OTT but we didnt care. Next year DS is 10 so he will have a big party but after that nothing big again till he is 16.

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    I think an entertainer and jumping castle are reasonable.

    My daughter just had her 5th birthday party at home and if we didn't have the jumping castle, the kids would've gotten bored waiting to have their face painted. Even the entertainer commented that the jumping castle was good. I didn't want the kids playing inside so made sure there were heaps of things to do.

    I don't do fancy food, just sandwiches, finger foods, dips, and fruit platters.

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    That party was awesome London :P

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