Kid Parties: Keeping up with the Joneses

When it comes to the party world many parents think that bigger is better.  Although it’s hard to believe, some parents will compete when it comes to their children’s birthday party.  Some of you may call it keeping up with the Joneses.  So who is the world famous Joneses and why do people feel a need to keep up with them?

What is driving the Joneses movement?  When it comes to birthday parties, it’s common for moms to want to feel appreciated and praised for their hard work with planning and organizing their child’s party.  However, when does your sacrifice turn into a competition?  It’s natural for people (especially women) to want to compete but don’t let this dictate your morals and rules that you have already set forth for your family.  Just because Rebecca at school had a $10,000 Sweet Sixteen party doesn’t mean that you have to break the family budget and have the same thing.  Sometimes you just have to say the evil two letter word, NO!

  • Does your child need a $10,000 Sweet Sixteen party…No.
  • Do you simply have that type of money to throw around to honor your child…Maybe.
  • Are these large scale festivities driven by cultural traditions…Maybe.

If you don’t have the money and the roof or furnace in the house needs to be replaced, then splurging on your child’s birthday doesn’t make sense.  If your pockets run deep and you can financially depart with $10,000 then by all means do as you please.  Just be mindful of what messages you are sending your child.  Ask yourself if you’re doing it to out due that mother up the street that thinks she’s better than you or because you want to give your child the best that life can offer.  Be truthful to yourself and you will make the right decision.

Don’t get me wrong, I love parties of all shapes and sizes but bigger is not always better.  I’m not here to get a client to spend their child’s college fund on a birthday party.  You can have a fabulous party with all the perks and stay within a reasonable budget.  What do you think?  Would you spend $10,000 on a birthday party for your child?  Okay, maybe $10K is extreme for the average American but what about $5,000?