Momlogic's Julie: I finally got invited to one of those extravagant birthday bashes I keep reading about.
Suri Cruise was thrown a $100,000 birthday bash to celebrate her 2nd birthday. The same day, CNN ran a piece about the high-dollar birthday parties that even everyday parents are throwing for their kids.
Although I love
reading about these lavish affairs, and I'm wildly addicted to MTV's My Super Sweet Sixteen,
I'd never actually been to a party like this myself. Damn! All my
friends just throw typical McDonalds or Build-a-Bear parties. I was secretly
jealous of the people who get to attend such gala events.
My dream came true this weekend when a friend invited me to his daughters' circus-themed party in Los Angeles. The girls were turning 5 and 3, and their parents pulled out all the stops. The father was decked out as ringmaster and the mother was dressed as a circus showgirl, complete with fishnets and black feather headdress. (Work it, Mama!)
five different food vendors (serving chicken nuggets, french fries,
grilled cheese, popcorn and corn dogs, respectively), a salad and fruit
bar, cotton candy station, a bartender, two jumpies, a face painter,
clowns, and a balloon-animal artist.
But the highlight of the event was definitely the elephant rides. Yes, you read that right--elephant rides on a real live elephant. There was even a circus show, where the elephant bowed, curtsied, and played harmonica.
To top off the event, the lucky guests were served a 4-tier birthday cake decorated like a big top--more lavish than most wedding cakes (and tastier, too). Kids were served milk in "big top" sippy cups. And, of course, everyone received an awesome goody bag.
When asked what motivated her to throw such an extravagant birthday bash, the birthday girls' Mom (a successful lawyer) said, "I have no hobbies. I live for my kids and my entire life revolves around family and work, leaving no time for extracurriculars: I don't go to the gym, I don't belong to any clubs or groups, I almost never get to travel, and I never read for pleasure. So throwing parties is my only hobby, and I tend to go overboard because I throw myself into it. What motivates me is the looks on my kids' faces and the joy it brings them--it's a rush!"
It was a rush just being invited, too. I just hope my own children didn't get any ideas. (There won't be an elephant at your next party, kids, but there will be a giant rat--named Chuck E. Cheese.)
What's your idea of the perfect kids' birthday party?