Join Date: Jul 2003
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Well. after reading all these replies, I am embarrassed to admit that we spent *gulp* $850.00 on DD's 1st birthday - but let me explain! DH is from Hawaii and the tradition is to have a baby Luau on the 1st birthday to celebrate them making it out of the danger zone (many many babies died before reaching 1). We had a big luau with our family and friends. It was tons of fun.(and $850 is cheap - in Hawaii they can get into the thousands whether you can afford it or not!) We had 18 adults and 25 kids!!! The food is what cost so darn much, and to top it off I didn't even cater it, my mom and I cooked ourselves. We also had a separate party for our playgroup friends. by the time all was said and done, it was very expensive. Thankfully we are fortunate enough that finances are no problem, but still. next year, age 2, will probably be the park!
But get this - one of the women I go to Gymboree with rented ponies, had a REAL miniature train (which I heard was $1500 to rent alone) had a band, the works. God only kows what she spent, but this same woman can afford to buy her DD clothes by Baby Gassy Gooma - I would never spend $180 on a toddler outfit - heck, even an outit for me - even if I COULD afford it!