Gwen Stefani Spent HOW Much on Kingston's Birthday?!

Is $15,000 too much to shell out, if it makes a 4-year-old birthday boy smile?

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale's son Kingston turned 4 on May 29 -- so naturally, his parents threw him a party. The birthday bash had everything a kid could want: birthday cake, finger food, plenty of guests (including David and Victoria Beckham), a balloon artist and a bouncy castle. Sound fun? Want to throw your kid a similar party? It'll only set you back $15,000!

That's right -- Stefani, 40, reportedly dropped $15k on Kingston's big day. Maybe we shouldn't be surprised; celebs love spending extravagant amounts, especially on their kids. But the weird thing is that the party doesn't sound that expensive. According to UsMagazine.com, the family had the party in their L.A. home (no rental fee), served burgers and hot-dogs (no huge catering bill), and hired a face painter and a balloon artist (no Miley Cyrus-caliber entertainment bill). Renting a bouncy castle for the day, while an extravagance, generally costs a few hundred bucks. Granted, Kingston had 100 guests, which is a pretty big crowd for a child's party. But where did all that money go? Was the cotton candy made of diamonds? Were the gift bags by Louis Vuitton? How do you spend $15k on turning four?

What's with this trend of throwing enormous parties for tiny kids? It certainly seems silly when they're toddlers; a 2-year-old is likely to be overwhelmed by a big event, and definitely won't remember it for long. Then again, if money were no object, a 4-year-old would probably jump for joy if a private carnival opened in his backyard. If it's within your budget, why not give your kid the birthday of his dreams? Kingston's party sounds like one that a kid would genuinely enjoy, not one that thrown together to impress the neighbors, or the media. We still don't know where that alleged $15,000 went, but if it made the birthday boy and his little buddies smile, it was probably money well spent.

Plus:
- Kingston Rossdale Goes for a Birthday Mani-Pedi with Mommy!


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