With Harry's first birthday coming up I have been browsing good ol' Pinterest for ideas for his party. I wasn't going to do a party but I thought seeing as we did one for Amelia's first birthday and it's also his first it would be a shame not to throw one for one and not the other. As we don't have many relatives living close by it won't be a big party, more like a small get together with a few family members and friends. Whilst I was browsing Pinterest for party food and table decor ideas it suddenly dawned on me how much a birthday party for a child actually costs! You can view my Pinterest board here of some of my ideas so far.
I recently came across the Infographic below created SunLife which shows how much the UK spends on kid's birthday parties. The UK average that parent's spend on their kid's party is just £101 which I think is very reasonable, I was actually shocked that it wasn't higher. I wasn't surprised to see that parent's in London spend the most on their children's birthday parties as their household income tends to be slightly higher. I was shocked to see that Wales was only £99 as I probably spend double that on Amelia's first birthday party. It does make you realise just how much you can spend from party food and decorations to party games and entertainment is all adds up!
From these results 8 out of 10 parents throw a party for their child under 16. We didn't have a birthday party for Amelia's 2nd or 3rd birthday and we probably won't for Harry either but I think when she's in reception year we will start doing them when she makes more friends as I'm sure she'll have a lot of parties to go to too.
How much did you spend on your child's first birthday? Does it match with your location on the Infographic?
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