This is a simple question, and as a result it will make for a simple post. Here it is:
How much is a reasonable amount to spend on a young child’s birthday party?
Before you answer, I’ll acknowledge that what is reasonable for one person might be different from for another. Also, it’s each family’s prerogative to do whatever makes them happy, so there may be no right answer.
With that out of the way, allow me to share that I attended a birthday party recently that was for a young kid, with 10 other kids and their parents invited as guests. There were family members there too. All told, maybe 30 people attended. It was held a kids’ activity center. The place wasn’t extravagant by any means, but nevertheless, it was a fun time for the kids and neat for the grown-ups as well.
Here is what jumped out at me: I came to find out that when everything was added up, including the party center costs, cake, food, basic party favors, etc – the total came out to around $500.
Does this seem like a lot of money to you? It seemed normal to others when shared with them, and the party itself was quite typical.
It sure does to me. I realize that it was a long time ago that myself or anybody reading this was young, but I don’t think that even on some inflation adjusted basis, a correspondingly high amount of money was spent on parties. I haven’t spent that much on my oldest’s parties.
I’m curious what you think about this, and have the following questions:
- How much do you think is “typical” for a young kid’s birthday party?
- Did you often, if ever, get a birthday party that was so expensive (relative to cost levels of the day)?
- Do you think this might be overindulgence, or is this simply the norm these days?