Last week, my daughter and I attended a birthday party for Nicole's 2 year old son. It was a really fun cowboy party which included games, cowboy hats and to top it all off, pony rides. Everyone had a blast and I can truly say that it was probably the most well organized children's party I've ever been to. I don't know what she spent on the party, but I am sure she didn't have to take out a second mortgage to host it.
Tonight, I read this article about elaborate children's parties. Here's a quick excerpt:
Two years earlier, she forked out $10,000 on a princess party for Sabrina, then three, sending a Cinderella character out to the homes of dozens of children to hand-deliver an invitation along with a song. She hired 10 princesses that day, as well as a horse-drawn carriage, 12-foot-tall balloon sculptures of the Little Mermaid, 10 activity tents and characters out of "Alice in Wonderland." "The balloons themselves cost $4,500," she said.
Now, is it just me, or does that seem to be a tad over the top? Let's face it, these people are not spending thousands of dollars so their three year old is happy. They are doing it to impress their friends and neighbors.
I really don't understand this rational, because to be quite frank, I really don't give a damn what people think of me. I am a well-adjusted, financially stable, happy person. I dress in clothes bought on sale at Kohl's and hardly wear any makeup. Do I feel the need to prove my worth to anyone? Absolutely NOT! Furthermore, I am not really that impressed if you spend half of what my adoption is costing me on your kids birthday bash. In fact, I think it is a huge waste of money and said kid will probably grow up to be a spoiled brat.
I would much prefer going to a birthday party hosted by Nicole. She is unpretentious and nice. Anyway, I would probably have to wear makeup at a $10,000 birthday party...