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    I don't think it matters what you spend, so long as you all have a great day

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    You know if I haven't earned the money why should I get a say in how it's spent..?

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    I think it really depends on your income and where you are - I grew up in the country and I know people from my little region would think its over the top, but I now live in a metro area where it's a bit more the norm.

    Sounds like fun to me though and I bet the kids will love it!!

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    Thanks all. Seems like most of you think it's ok. It's been a bit of a rough year and to be honest I'm kinda really looking forward to the party too. Yes there is always other important things I could spend the money on, furniture or into my savings account but I just really want to do this this year. I work and am doing ok financially.

    Parties are a big deal for kids (and parents) so I think I'll stop worrying thanks

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    Yeah, I admit I do, only because I think that as a society we just spoil our kids rotten. I've absolutely been guilty of spoiling my kids silly, but I am trying to reign it in.

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    Yeah, I would think it was fairly over the top, I'd never justify spending that much.

    That said, I'm pretty much an anti-over-consumerism grinch, so if that's what you want to do, don't give a damn what anyone else thinks, and do what you want to. Life's too short to be second guessing yourself all the time

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    I think spending $700 is pretty easy to do if you hire a jumping castle, so I wouldn't really consider that an extravagant party.

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    Just got back from an awesome party that had a jumping castle!!! My daughter had so much fun and so did the birthday boy. We do a 'big party' every 2nd yr, and I can't wait for next year if you can do it, why not!!!
    On the other hand, my DH very rarely got made a fuss of for his birthday, and his siblings did, and he is just starting to get over his issues regarding celebrating his birthday. It's important to me to teach my child they are worthy of a fuss being made over, but will only spend within our limits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    Yeah, I admit I do, only because I think that as a society we just spoil our kids rotten. I've absolutely been guilty of spoiling my kids silly, but I am trying to reign it in.
    I don't spend much during the year, so I think it's ok to go all out for a birthday. My daughter's present was the party and a second-hand iPod touch. And that is plenty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I don't spend much during the year, so I think it's ok to go all out for a birthday. My daughter's present was the party and a second-hand iPod touch. And that is plenty!
    I think this is why I feel ok about it. I have been saving hard this year, and I'm not doing a holiday this year either as I'd originally planned. I really want DS to have a great, fun day and lots of photos for him to look back on and know he was made a fuss of.

    And also, I am not a fantabulous multi-tasking mum I hear so much about. I simply cannot fathom doing the food myself, organising the kids and keeping them entertained. I need help which is why I'm willing to fork out for a JC and entertainer plus some food platters.


 

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