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Extravagant Birthday Parties for Children

Would You Spend $10,000 On Your Tot's Birthday Party?

Call me old fashioned or what you will, but I rather enjoy the birthday parties with pin the tail on the donkey, sheet cakes, balloons, and cellophane wrapped party favors.

To see what some mothers are spending on their tot's celebrations,


While birthday festivities should focus on the child being celebrated, the trend of outlandish bashes seems to do just the opposite.

Instead of highlighting the five–year–old, crazed mothers spend oodles of money to enter the "look at me" competition amongst the mommy clan.

Over the Top Productions is a company that encourages this behavior by planning extravagant fetes for lil ones. Some parties cost parents up to $10,000. I'd rather put that into a savings account for my wee one.

When I heard that Moses Martin had a fiesta at a Mexican restaurant in NYC, I was proud of Gwyneth and Chris for providing their son with some sort of normalcy in a not–so–normal life.

But then I heard that Suri Cruise had a $5,000 birthday cake for her second birthday (pictured above). Now really, can you honestly tell me that Suri prefers fondant to butter cream frosting? I think not. But amongst her pals, Katie Holmes might get "Mommy of the Year" for her billable efforts.

Would you ever spend a lavish amount on a birthday party for your child?

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ShopGirlCA ShopGirlCA 4 years
The title of this article caught my eye. Because yes, I have spent $10,000+ on my child's birthday party (sometimes, I've spent 3x that amount). Normally, I wouldn't comment on an online article. But I felt like I needed to because the comments made by others were so small minded and cruel. My children's birthdays are the single most important day in my life. And I celebrate that day with the same amount of passion as I have for them. To share this day with friends and family means the world to them, and to us as their parents. So whether it is creating a circus in our backyard, bringing in celebrities from their favorite tv show to put on a show, or flying my son and his 5 best friends to watch his favorite sports team in Spring training, it doesn't make me a better mom, or a worse mom. It just makes me a mom that loves seeing her child have the time of life on their special day. We have plenty of quiet quality times. But their birthday? I celebrate. ps... I have never, and would never, spend $5000 on a cake. I get mine from Safeway for $19.00
kittyhill kittyhill 9 years
Wow, that's almost as much as my parents spent on my WEDDING! Money may not mean much to stars who have millions, but I definitely agree that in those cases it ends up being a competition between the moms with little or no regard for what the kids want to do.
Jenny86 Jenny86 9 years
Why not? It's honestly me as the mother that's going to get rewarded for it, rather than the 2 year-old child.
darlene darlene 9 years
No I wouldn't
nancita nancita 9 years
Wow, this is just so offensive to me. There are so many more worthwhile things people could be spending money on than a $5,000 cake for a 2-year-old! The fact that there is a company devoted to these things is just silly.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I wouldn't do it, but I don't condemn anyone else for doing it. it's their money, they can do with it what they want. It's all about choices and that's what we teach our children.
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years I think the most I've ever spent on a bday party for my son was $100 altogether. That included the cake (Safeway) tablecloth and paper plates, pizza and drinks from Chuck E Cheese's and a couple of invitations. We even made our own decorations for his cake this year. And my son had a blast. That's disgusting that anyone would pay that much for ANY type of
Mykie7 Mykie7 9 years
That's ridiculous. IF I were extremely wealthy, I might CONSIDER it for a 16th or perhaps an 18th birthday, but no way in HELL would I do it for a toddler! I have put both of my kids birthday parties together for less than 50 bucks when they were little. It's not hard, it just takes imagination. I guess when you have money, imagination isn't important.
tweet-hotpants tweet-hotpants 9 years
$10,000?? i don't think i've spent that much on all my birthday parties put together- all 25 of them. :JAWDROP:
vmruby vmruby 9 years
10,000 on a party ? No it wouldn't be something that I would do.I can't think of a more useless way to waste money. I 'd rather put it in an account for my daughter's future which is a forever thing than 4 hours of a very expensive, showy birthday celebration .Kids at Suri's age can't tell the difference between fondant on a 5,000 dollar birthday cake or buttercream on a $45 cake.That's way over the top IMO....
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
joannn joannn 9 years
As I'd said on another baby site, I feel like Kate/Katie Holmes is trying so hard to show off her wealth, that everything she buys or organises must be opulent, extravagant and over the top. That is the way she has chosen to show off. She doesnt seem to understand that many times, the simplest and cheapest things in life are the best. Wonder what kind of lifestyle she led before marrying into Scientology
abqmama abqmama 9 years
That is insane! I can't imagine spending that much money for a little kids party. Like they care! It is all for the parents and for them showing off and I think it does set a bad example for the kids.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i wouldn't, but in the circles my kids run in pin the tail on the donkey wouldn't cut it AT ALL. last weekend my 7 year old went to the birthday party of a classmate. 2 jump houses (one princess castle forget the other one), clowns, cotton candy machine, slurpy machine, several carnival type games and a magic show. there were about 25 kids there. the party was on the tennis courts (yes that's plural) in the birthday girls backyard. this was not the fanciest party my kids have been too. when you have the money you spend it.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
Graylen, I partly agree with you, but I think that when someone who had a normal upbringing (like Katie Holmes) tosses all that out the window the moment they come across $$$ says a lot. To me it says she has no appreciation for the way she was raised, she wants to raise her child in a completely different manner, surrounded by luxury. What was so wrong with her upbringing that she doesn't want to raise Suri the same way?
rgrl rgrl 9 years
:rotfl: $10,000 to Katie Holmes is like $10 to the rest of us. I mean, Suri wears Louboutins so how could she then go and get her just a regular $100 cake? It's really obvious to me that Katie is enjoying the financial advantages of her marriage to Cruise. I have no respect for her. :sick:
graylen graylen 9 years
I think someone hit the nail on the head when they said that 10k may be their $100. When you have millions, $10k doesn't seem that big. Prices just don't matter when you can afford everything. I'm sure in their minds they are just getting things they like/taste good. Where as in my mind, I'm going, "What's wrong with WinnDixie's cakes??" ; )
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
My favorite part of my children's birthdays is letting them decorate their own cake the night before. They are so proud when I cut and serve it. I wouldn't trade it for this fancy one.
sweetnsour sweetnsour 9 years
No way...10K? Even if I had all the millions in the world. That's just obnoxious.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
I agree with all the comments so far. This kind of spending is ridiculously extravagant and sends a terrible message to children. Although to the Cruise/Holmes types maybe $10K is the same as $100 to me. Ugh.
sarasonne sarasonne 9 years
Oh haaaaaaaaaail NO.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
exactly, designrchic!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
Hell no, not even if I had the money. Kids could care less about how much money is spent. Plus, it sets up a habit where the kid grows up expecting this year to be better than the last. Ingratitude is bred. Sounds like it's Katie's party more than it is Suri's.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
That's plain crazy! $10,000 on a bday party for anybody is crazy!
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