We just attended a 1 year old's Birthday party this past Saturday. My friend rented a Moonwalk (AKA Inflatable Bouncer) valued at $100, a Clown valued at $160, and a food spread to feed over 50 people valued at $300, Decorations, Games, Party Favors, Goody Bags, a cake with her son's picture on it ALL valued at $200.
So in all she spent roughly $760 and probably more on gifts for her 1 year old son.
There were over 20+ kids there.
DH and I are throwing a big birthday party for DS. At home. We will rent the Moonwalk, I found a great deal on the rental. Those kids went wild on it and DS had a ball. He threw a fit when DH tried to pull him out to eat! so he let him stay and I stood by and watched him jump with the other kids.
For food, I'm having it catered as cheaply as possible...I'm still shopping around. We can't get around the number of young kids we are inviting about 15...because that is just that many in our family on both sides. So we just have to deal with it.
We are keeping the party 2 hours and everyone will be ordered OUT.
Can't afford Granny the Clown.