What to spend on a child’s birthday party?

It’s that time of year again… G’s birthday is coming up!

As my little man plans to mark his fifth year, I have a party to organize. And, of course, pay for. He wanted gymnastics, so I called the nearest place. The cost? $270. On top of that, I will need to buy food, cake, and the highly-coveted and altogether essential goody bags. When all is said and done, this party will easily come in at $350.

I wondered: Is this normal? How much are other parents spending on their kids’ birthday parties? I couldn’t ask parents I know, so I instead asked the internet.

According to what I’ve found, the average parent spends right around $250 on a kid’s birthday party. Where do you fall?

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3 Replies to “What to spend on a child’s birthday party?”

  1. I hear you. My daughter will be 4 in Feb. We’ve booked a place and we have to cover the extras. I’m hoping to go as affordable as possible. Last year we did it at home and it was way cheaper, but I’m just not in the mood for my house to be overrun with rugrats again. We do that enough for playdates. 😉 I’m happy to commiserate with you!

    1. Yep, we’ve done at home parties, too. And, they end up being a little bit cheaper, but they are SO much work! The food prep, the decorations, the activities… not to mention the cleaning before AND after.

      Makes me want a nap!

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