Ok people, I have to preface this by saying that I checked out how much it would be to have a McDonald’s birthday party for Josh, and nearly choked at the $130-$150 price tag. So this video almost put me in the ICU.
Maybe it’s because I never had a “destination” birthday party. My biggest “do” of a birthday party, that I can remember, was a surprise party that my parents threw for my 16th. My birthday is in winter, and that year, winter started early allowing us to flood the backyard early, which meant a nice, long ice-skating season… and a 16th birthday party ON ICE! How cool is that? It was a blast, and I’m sure it didn’t cost my parents much at all… paper plates/cups maybe. Pizza (did we have pizza? I don’t even remember.) Of course, my mom made a cake – she always made my cakes. So let’s say, $50 for the whole thing? And I remember the important things… playing Crack the Whip and Who’s Got It? (reverse ‘Tag’) with my friends, teaching some of them to skate, just generally having a really, really good time skating in my own backyard with my best buddies.
I talked briefly with Steve, and together we put together a remembered budget for our wedding… we spent around $20,000. For a wedding, though. A wedding that involved a string quartet, a professional Jazz band, and an open bar. And that $20k included the dress, flowers, invitations, and a full meal for every guest.
This is a birthday party for a SIX YEAR OLD LITTLE GIRL. And yes, I know I’m screaming. Because it’s just unbelievable that people would do this. And the thing that really gets me most, I think, is the way the little girl responded when the party planner asked about the budget. She (the party planner) clarifies the mom’s answer of “fifteen” to her question of budget with, “Fifteen hundred or fifteen thousand?”
The little girl responded with a very emphatic, “Thousand”, as she sits there sucking on her drink. Talk about ‘entitled’. This kid is absolutely sure that she deserves every cent of the eventual $32K that was spent on her. And why wouldn’t she?
I can see it now, though… in about 12 years, her parents are going to be all over national TV again, this time, screaming that the government needs to pay for their overindulged little “princess” to go to school because they can’t afford the “ridiculously high” tuition.