Wednesday 13 December 2017

Cakes, presents and bouncy castles: Research reveals how much we really spend on children’s parties

Birthday parties cost an average of €700
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Celebrating children’s birthday parties year in and year out costs parents over €26,000 (by the time a child is 21, new research has revealed.

A recent study found that 48pc of mums and dads spend up to €700 celebrating a child’s birthday each year, and splash even more on first, thirteenth and eighteenth birthdays for the apple of their eye.

The research conducted by UK supermarket Asda found that 15pc of families believe that parties put pressure on them financially, as guests have come to expect a lot more than pass the parcel and a slice of sponge.

A third of parents (33pc) admitted spending more than they could afford on birthday parties to compete with celebrities and to keep up with the Jones’ while 24pc felt that a bouncy caste was a party necessity.

The study found that 13pc of parents have their children’s party catered while 12pc hire entertainers to please the crowd.

Parents also admitted that there is a pressure to invite a child’s entire class to the event and 62pc revealed they worried about upsetting classmates by not including them on the guest list.

Even though parties have become more elaborate, traditional party games still trump as pin the tail on the donkey and apple bobbing are still the most popular party games.

Top 10 must-haves at a child's birthday party:

Goody bag - 48pc

Homemade food - 40pc

Personalised cake - 39pc

Bouncy castle - 24pc

Entertainer - 15pc

Caterers - 13pc

Pin the tail on the donkey - 12pc

Balloon artist - 10pc

Exotic animals - 9pc

Bobbing apples - 6pc

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