$10,000 birthday parties

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When my daughter turned five earlier this year, I asked her if she wanted to have her party somewhere special or if she wanted to have the usual celebration at home. She looked at me as if I'd gone crazy. "We'll have it here," she said, "I need to hang the streamers." For her, the highlight of party pre-production is hanging streamers in the doorways, straight down so they flutter when the kids run through them.

At $1.99, it's an extravagance, but you know what? She's worth it.

I kid, of course. Simplicity seems to work for us, but for many parents, birthday parties have become all-out affairs. CNN recently reported that parents are spending $5,000, $10,000, $25,000, and in one case $10 MILLION on their children's parties. They excuse the expense by saying they are "making memories."

CNN recommends a new group called Birthdays without Pressure, a resource for parents who think this whole thing has gotten out of control. You can even rate your own community and see what other parents are saying about birthday party pressure in your community. Surprisingly, my city was rated a 9, or high pressure, but every birthday party my kids have been to in the last few years has been pretty low-key.

What are birthday parties like in your neighborhood? And what do you consider the upper limit of your birthday party budget?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.