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    I wouldn't judge if someone spent $50, nor if they spent $50,000, as long as they could afford to do it.

    The only time I would judge is, as PP have said, if someone was continually talking about how they had no money and then threw a party that looked very expensive. Otherwise, it's none of my business how much people spend. Sounds like a fun party

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    Any party that has a jumping castle I'm there with bells on.
    If you want to show your child a good time and that good time means $700 to you then who am I to judge?
    If I knew you IRL I'd just be wrangling an invitation!

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    I spent $360 for my 5yo birthday this yr! We had a jumping castle & face painter totalling $260 and spend $100 on food & made the castle cake myself! It was a great day & it's the 1st time we have spent so much!

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    I havent read the previous replies, so sorry if I'm repeating what others have said. It really depends on the family's financial circumstances. If they struggle to pay their mortgage/rent and spent $700 on a party then i would definitely judge. If they were well off enough to afford it then i would think it's fantastic! Why not spoil your kids on their special day, and all the other littlies will have a blast too!

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    I've only ever thrown one party for DS so far and I think it came to around $250 from memory.

    i wouldn't judge you for spending $700. In fact, how is anybody going to know the dollar figure unless you tell them?

    As for it being ok for middle/high income earners to throw this sort of party but not low, I couldn't disagree more. As long as the bills are paid and the children are fed I say anybody is entitled to a kick @ss party. There are some pretty poor money managers who earn high incomes, there's nothing to say they can technically afford it simply because they earn a bit, their expenses may be higher than their incomes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joalisha View Post
    I spent $360 for my 5yo birthday this yr! We had a jumping castle & face painter totalling $260 and spend $100 on food & made the castle cake myself! It was a great day & it's the 1st time we have spent so much!
    How the HECK did you get both for so cheap?! Here everything is 300 each!

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    I don't judge what people spend, but do judge when over the top parents post party planning up dates weeks before the party on Facebook. Mothers who spend 20 hrs making a cake, and I think she does it to show off and get praise, personally I don't value spending that time making a cake I would rather buy mine and and spend the remaining 19 hrs with my child. So spend away just don't boast that's in bad taste

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    As for it being ok for middle/high income earners to throw this sort of party but not low, I couldn't disagree more. As long as the bills are paid and the children are fed I say anybody is entitled to a kick @ss party. There are some pretty poor money managers who earn high incomes, there's nothing to say they can technically afford it simply because they earn a bit, their expenses may be higher than their incomes.
    MY want to be friends with you because we think alike! I was perplexed by the question asking me how much I earn. I thought the poster missed the point because it has nothing to do with my income (which is moderate) and everything to do with how I use/manage my money and priorities.

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    No judgement here.

    Ds's bestie has always had expensive parties and they are so much fun. His 3rd bday included a real digger and bulldozer for the kids to climb in, a real dump track came along and dumped sand in the driveway for the kids to play in with toy trucks, cars etc. Then they all went for a ride in a fire engine. On arriv they were given a hard hat and safety vest that they could take home with them. Ds still talks about it over a year later.

    If you can afford it and want to do it, then why not?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eMBe View Post
    I know and I do agree! But I honestly have no idea how to entertain 3 year-olds! DS would not concentrate long enough for party games and I am hesitant to do these types of games for that reason. I think as he gets older, these types of games can certainly suffice and I'll spend much less. I live the old school games I assure you!
    My comment was totally tongue in cheek, your party sounds great - after reading about some of the parties here I'm worried about future tight ar$e party judgement

    It'll be - you can invite 2 friends, here's a spongecake and a box, make your own fun

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