Parents spending €390 on children's parties
Parents feel under huge pressure to put on a big party for their primary school children, a new survey indicates.
The average spend on a party at home is now a staggering €387, the survey from parenting group MummyPages.ie shows.
The research indicates that parents will spend up to €5,500 on birthday parties and gifts over a 10-year period when a child progresses from pre-school to sixth class in primary school.
Hiring entertainers, buying themed cakes, and paying for bouncy castles are typical, with the average parent spending six weeks planning a big bash for their son or daughter.
The average number of children invited to a party is now 20.
But some parents feel under pressure to invite the entire class, which often numbers up to 30 children.
The survey shows that eight out of 10 parents feel under pressure to ensure their child's party has the same "wow factor" as parties hosted by the child's friends.
This competitive streak that has emerged adds to the financial and emotional pressure on parents, the survey found.
MummyPages.ie, the online parenting network, said parents who book a commercial venue for their child's party are spending an average of €344.
Almost seven out of 10 parents use an outside venue to host a party. Around a third have the party in their home.
Party bags, with sweets and small toys in them, are a regular feature of birthday parties.