Gone are the days of the sausage sizzle in the park.
Planning a birthday party for your little one?
You might want to rethink the heated up sausage rolls and party pies and start interviewing stylists and entertainers stat. Actually, if you’re thinking of holding this party within the next six months, you’re already behind the eight-ball.
With reports today suggesting that parents are spending in excess of $10,000 trying to create memories for their kids (iPod shuffles in party bags anyone?) and starting the planning 6 months in advance, you've gotta ask whether its really worth it?
I've only had my little people for 3 years (I wonder if they're still in warranty?) and during that time we have attended our fair share of birthday extravaganzas. Face painters, kids' entertainers, coffee carts for parents (much appreciated) and venues that should probably be reserved for weddings only.
I've seen cakes that would not be out of place on a Masterchef baking challenge. Gift bags that would show up those handed out at the Emmys and lolly buffets that look so beautiful I'm scared to reach out for a colour-coordinated cupcake for fear of messing up the display.
I too have felt the pressure. For my son's first birthday I went all out. We hired a (not cheap) room at the local surf club (because that's apparently something you do, that, and the fact that I lived in a shoebox). I spent a fortune on matching decorations and balloons. I stayed up all night making all kinds of sweet and savoury delicacies and in complete disregard for timing or talent, undertook a fondant cake creation I had found on Pintrest at the early hours of the morning.
The stress was huge. I had been to friends parties and absolutely felt the need to keep up.