$40K for 3-year-old’s party: Eric Lembo and Trang Nguyen

Published: May 28, 2015

$40K for 3-year-old’s party: Eric Lembo and Trang Nguyen, Perth dad hits back at critics of $50k Disney birthday party for three-year-old daughter. http://t.co/bPUWwSorPg pic.twitter.com/IIPc5pJ39T

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At what point does the budget for a child’s birthday party become excessive? That’s the question many are asking ever since Australian parents Eric Lembo and Trang Nguyen shared the details of their daughter’s $37K third birthday party with Perth Now.

The parents hosted 220 guests for the third birthday bash featuring a performance by Australian Idol contestant Courtney Murphy. Face painting, a photo booth, roving entertainers and a kiddie-high tea were also among the activities spread throughout an 1830 riverfront estate that’s typically rented out for weddings.

What’s more, guests were tempted by delectable cuisine: tempura scallops, truffle arancini, pork belly, paella, and oysters. Not exactly kid food but there were also wood-fired pizzas.

Here’s a rundown of the party budget:

$14,575 – food and staff

$9,799 – beer, wine, Remy Martin XO and soft drinks

$7,434 – marquee, furniture, trees, flowers, decorations, popcorn and fairy floss station

$2,314 – photographer

$1,234 – singer Courtney Murphy

$771 – photo booth

$594 – magician

$462 – Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Total $37,183

The Internet is abuzz with people who think a child’s birthday with a wedding price tag is outrageous.

One person writes: “Even if it cost him a fifth of that it is still obscene for a three year old. Or a ten year old. Or a 16 year old. They are setting this child up to be a spoilt brat. Sadly this kind of story is becoming more common as adults try to out do each other.”

The father defends his decision to throw his daughter a lavish party. Lembo, who owns a riverfront reception center in Perth, pointed out that party-throwing is his business.

“It’s my industry, so if anyone can throw an impressive party it will be me,” he told Perth Now. “If I was a builder and I had to build houses, I’m pretty sure my house would be impressive too.”

Parties like this outside of celebrity circles aren’t the norm but any mom and dad will tell you that many of today’s parents are caught up in the birthday party bonanza. The days of homemade cake and pin the tale on the donkey are over. Those with means are turning their backyards into petting zoos, hiring kiddie rock bands, hosting spa parties where little girls get their nails done and indulge in facials. Caterers aren’t unusual and many parents take festivities out of the house and pay for an activity such as a cooking class.

Yes, it’s fun to spoil your kids occasionally but when they’re consistently showered in excessive lavishness at a young age, they might grow into materialistic, demanding and needy adults who expect a marching band to show up every time it’s their birthday. This can lead to a lot of disappointment.

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One Response to “$40K for 3-year-old’s party: Eric Lembo and Trang Nguyen”

  1. rita darst on May 28th, 2015 10:17 pm

    Children are dying of starvation all over the planet and the money spent on this party could have fed thousands of them for most of their lives. SICK no wonder we have a generation with no respect or compassion for their fellow humans

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