So, similar to most typical dads I very rarely get involved in the planning of my children’s birthday parties. I mean, I have four children ages from 7 to 16 and although I am in events I can count on one hand how many of their birthday parties I have really planned. This is why it came as a shock when I discovered how much money we actually spend on our children’s parties.
With that said, since becoming one of the owners of Kandy Girl I was intrigued to learn more about how much we as parents really spend on our children’s birthday parties so I did a bit of digging.
According to a survey from a leading Money Saving specialist, firstly, its important to note that two thirds of British parents throw their children a party every year. In addition, the survey revealed on average Brits spend a staggering £500 on children’s parties with the majority of the cost going towards the venue, food, entertainment and décor.
Yesterday I read an article that a mum spent a whopping £10,000 on a child’s seventh birthday with £400 being spent on the cake alone. The over the top extravaganza also had a real life ballerina perform – now that’s something the other kids in the playground will talk about.. Read the article here.
So why do we as parents spend so much on our kids parties? I have come up with a few reasons why we may overspend.
1. As parents we want to give our children the best. Often this means we feel compelled to go above and beyond to give our children a day that they’ll remember.
2. Celebrity Culture – we are constantly bombarded with.
3. Competition – we try and do one better that our child’s classmate who had their party last month that the parents from the year group are still talking about.
Here are a few tips you can use to avoid over spending.
1. Reduce numbers
2. DIY – create own party bags
3. Pull in favours from family and friends
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