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Outrageous Kid Parties Sets Unreal Expectations

Outrageous Kid Parties: Do These Pricey Events Set Unreal Expectations on Moms?

Over-the-top may be too mild a phrase for what takes place on TLC's Outrageous Kid Parties. If you haven't watched the show yet, consider it to be the how-to guide for throwing a tot soiree like the one Taylor gave her 4-year-old daughter on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Complete with $3,000 invitations, horse-drawn princess carriages, and costume-clad guests, the show lets the guests of honor take center stage as moms (and grandmas) whip out their credit cards to create fantasy worlds far beyond the pint-sized guests' wildest dreams. In an age where themed dessert tables and $1,000 birthday parties have become the norm, do shows like this create unattainable expectations for the rest of us?

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wildsngrny wildsngrny 5 years
I voted "yes," that average people draw on these shows--sometimes they're seeking ideas, sometimes they see this behavior as a standard to aspire to. That having been said, I think there's a lot to be said for common sense, and that anyone with a modicum of intelligence realizes that it's not worth the expense, for a million different reasons. Give your kid some games, some friends, some food, and--most importantly--yourself, and (s)he will have a birthday party to remember.
amber512 amber512 5 years
While I think the shows are meant for entertainment, I think a lot of people really want to emulate them.
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