How did you celebrate your children's recent birthdays? In the garden? At home? Hire a hall? Entertainer? Making stations? Organised event? However you celebrated, it's probably a far cry from the home-made cakes and traditional games at home or in the garden we all had. Children's birthday parties have almost become competitive these days, and they certainly cost more than they used to. On top of that, it is a truth universally acknowledged, that as children get older, their birthday parties become increasingly elaborate and expensive. And Mr Bennet thought he'd have problems organising wedding banquets for all those daughters...
A survey by Sun Life recently found that UK parents spend an average of £101 per birthday party, which is actually lower than I expected. With all those party bags, themed plates & cups, food, entertainment, venue hire and everything else, I'm sure we spend well over that! It's interesting to see how the average compares across the UK though, with those in East Anglia spending the least (maybe the head off to a gorgeous Norfolk beach!), and London and the North East (surprisingly) tying for spending the most. Here's how the regions add up:
How does your spend compare?
What do you do for your kids' birthday parties?
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