Many of us have heard about those parents who rent a bouncy castle and pony rides for a baby’s first birthday or treat their tween’s friends to a stretch limo ride and an afternoon at a nail salon. Such over-the-top affairs may worry some that “extravagant” children’s parties are on the rise.
But a new study  in the Journal of Consumer Culture suggests that there’s been a shift in the parenting world from “outsourcing” birthday parties to making everything from scratch— with surprising, and not always positive, results.
According to researchers at Monash University in Australia, the latest source of parenting competition and anxiety has nothing to do with the financial cost of the party. It’s about who is the craftiest and can produce the most intricate home-made touches, like customized cake pops and personalized center pieces— all in accordance with the party’s theme of course.
I've seen this, and I've felt it a bit myself. Anyone else? Do you feel pressure and stress when planning birthday parties for your children?