Helaine Olen Explains “Expenditure Cascades” As They Relate to Birthday Parties

How much have expenditures cascaded since the days of box cake and paper hats? Olen writes that 7 out of 10 U.S. parents spend more than $300 on a birthday party, while 1 out of 7 spend more than $1,000.

Parents Send Invoice After 5-Year-Old Misses Their Child’s Birthday Party

If you’re a NYC parent with a small apartment, you can take a bunch of first-graders to the spa. Or if you’re a parent in Cornwall, you can invite five-year-olds to a ski and snowboard center—and then invoice a child’s parents when their child fails to attend.