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October 15th, 2011, 02:52 PM
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Has anyone seen the series on TLC about extreme child birthday parties? We're not talking about sweet sixteens. Quinceaneras, or Bar Mitzvahs. We're talking about 3rd or 6th birthday parties where parents budget more than I spent on my wedding AND honeymoon and they proceed to spend more than double their budget. This article is about a lady who spent $32,000 on her 6 year old's party after she budgeted 15,000. She even had fake bills written out to show her husband so he wouldn't know how much she spent. How do you top that at 7,8,9 etc...? What do you do by the time they get to 16 or 18? What do you ladies think? What is the most you would spend on your kids party if you had plenty of money?

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October 15th, 2011, 05:48 PM
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Honestly, these parties are not for the kids, IMO, they're for the adults. I've watched a couple of those episodes on TLC and WOW! The kids half the time don't even seem to be enjoying them near as much as the parents. Of course they have fun doing the carnival rides and exotic animal rides and such but the parents are the ones getting the most out of it. Especially when they're that young.

I'm not going to take out a second mortgage on my home and dig myself a huge debt-hole just to throw a birthday party that, while memorable for me, will never be topped for my kid. Then my child is just disappointed the rest of his/her life every time a birthday party rolls around.

I suppose if you have the money to blow for something like this it wouldn't be SUCH a big deal .. but most of these people have set budgets for a reason and then they go so far over them you have to wonder how many years they're going to be paying for this event that their child is probably too young to remember! And, like I said, if they do, they'll always be disappointed by anything "less".

Some people truly baffle me lol Why not spend 1/10 of that money and go on an awesome family vacation once a year for ten years!? THAT would be well worth it, to me. Family time, fun, something new to look forward to year after year..
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October 15th, 2011, 05:50 PM
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I have only seen the commercials and I will not watch it. It makes me mad just to think about it. Some of these woman are raising snot nosed kids and I dont want to support that.
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October 16th, 2011, 04:23 AM
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I think that is so insane. In the article it says she didnt want any of the stylists or make up artists, she just wanted her mom. I think that says alot. That kid just wants attention that she prob isnt getting without causing a massive strop.

Even if i had that amount of money to just throw on a party, i dont think i would. I dont think kids need all that. At 6 years old they just want a pretty party dress and to just go nuts with their friends.

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October 16th, 2011, 06:14 AM
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Wow, that is insane. Tasia's right, those parties are for the adults, not the kids. Adults are just trying to live vicariously through their kids, like that insane Toddlers & Tiaras junk too.

The most I would spend is maybe a few hundred dollars if I was really going "all out".
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October 16th, 2011, 07:08 AM
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I agree with PP's its INSANE!!
Even if I had the money I wouldn't do it... I'm a frugal person and I cringe at the thought of spending lots of money on anything, let alone a party! I only spent 3,000$ on my entire wedding!
I want Audrey to have awesome parties, but I'll never spend more than a couple hundred on em.

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October 17th, 2011, 11:29 AM
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ridiculous! you do not need to spend a lot of money for a great birthday party...i probably NEVER spent more than 100 bucks on any of my kid's parties...they ALWAYS have a good time....as long as they have friends and family there...that is what they want!

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October 17th, 2011, 12:17 PM
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That's CRAZY!!!! Even if we had all the money in the world my kids would still just get to invite some friends over (or to the park), have some cake, open presents, and go be kids. I wouldn't even want them to *attend* one of those types of parties!

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