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It's just been revealed that by the time their child is 18, competitive parents will spend a massive £4,858.56 on their child's birthday parties.
The Holiday Inn did a survey of 2,000 parents which showed that most parents spend nearly £270 a year on parties.
Half of the parents polled said they felt really stressed at having to organise parties and admit they felt a very real pressure to put on a 'big do' for their children every year. And it gets worse as the children get older as they come to expect more elaborate occasions and more exotic locations! Ridiculously, over 30% of parents are more worried about impressing other children's parents with their parties!
A spokesman for Holiday Inn said: 'These days children are no longer content with simply having a few of their best friend's home for a party tea after school - so it is no wonder parents are becoming more competitive than ever before.'
The poll shows that amongst other things, a family will spend on average £12.47 on invitations and thank you cards, and £22.72 on decorations such as balloons, banners and lighting. The food and drink will then cost around £63.82 with the cake an average of £15.32!
And despite the party costing nearly £300, nearly a quarter of parents will also hire some kind of entertainment for the children, spending a further £86.79. The most popular entertainment includes bouncy castles (44 per cent), clowns (31 per cent), magicians (30 per cent) and soft play areas (24 per cent).
BREAKDOWN OF RESULTS
Invitations and thank you cards £12.47
Food and drink £63.82
Party bags and gifts £41.47
Party games and prizes £24.08
Venue hire £90.04
X 18 years = £4,858.56
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