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Enough with the Over-the-Top Kids’ Birthday Parties, Everyone

Rich people and influencers are absolutely destroying the concept of a kid’s birthday party If you’re a parent with an Instagram account, chances are you follow some celebrity or influencer parents. And if you've been...

Rich people and influencers are absolutely destroying the concept of a kid’s birthday party

If you’re a parent with an Instagram account, chances are you follow some celebrity or influencer parents. And if you've been paying attention, you may have noticed that children’s birthday parties are now rivaling weddings in terms of extravagance and expense. It seems like over-the-top celebrations have become the new norm, and it's getting out of hand.

According to Leesa Zelken, founder of Send in the Clowns, a party-planning service in Los Angeles, the trend of over-the-top kids' parties is only growing. "It used to be that over-the-top was looked down upon, but now over-the-top is applauded," she said in an interview with the New York Times. Zelken revealed that her party packages start at a staggering $14,500, and that's considered just a midsize party.

The influence of celebrities, like the Kardashians, has only fueled this trend. Take, for instance, the extravagant birthday party thrown for Khloe Kardashian's daughter, True. Complete with performers dressed as The Octonauts, actual stingrays, and a dessert station that dreams are made of, it's no wonder these parties leave us in awe. But let's be real, how can an average parent even hope to compete with that?

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The pressure to throw lavish and over-the-top parties is not just limited to celebrities and the wealthy. A study from 2013 found that even regular moms felt the need to make their child's birthday party as extravagant as possible. But here's the thing - we have the power to change this trend anytime we want.

Looking back at our own childhoods, birthday parties were simple yet highly enjoyable. A group of friends would gather, play games, open presents, eat cake, and have a blast. Whether it was at home or at a roller rink, the location didn't matter. What mattered was the joy of being together.

If we continue down this path of extravagant parties, we risk normalizing these over-the-top celebrations for children everywhere. Our kids might start to expect these grand events as the standard, regardless of whether we can afford them or not. It's time to course-correct and show our kids that simplicity and togetherness are the true essence of a birthday celebration.

As a parent, I've fallen into the extravagant party trap myself. I once threw a princess-themed party for my daughter, complete with salon makeovers and Disney princesses. And yes, the girls had a great time. But guess what? They also had just as much fun the following year when we scaled everything back and had a simple sleepover.

We need to remember that children find joy in the simplest of things. Whether it's giving them a roll of quarters at an arcade or a bag of cheap drugstore makeup, it's the experience that matters. We shouldn't feel pressured to go above and beyond with our kids' birthday parties. The best part of a birthday celebration is the love, togetherness, and happiness it brings, and that's something that money can't buy.

So, the next time you find yourself planning a birthday party and wondering if you should be doing more, remember this - you're doing just fine. Let's prioritize creating meaningful memories for our children and reject the unnecessary stress, expense, and expectations that come with over-the-top parties.

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