Most of us can’t even remember our second birthday and Suri, now 7, probably didn’t either, but Katie Holmes and then hubby, Tom Cruise spent $100,000 for hers. The couple dished out $17,000 on fresh flowers, $45,000 on catering from Wolfgang Puck, and filled the room with 1,000 butterflies. The cake alone cost a whopping $5,000 and they spent $230 at Little Sprinkles bakery in Los Angeles just on cupcakes. Suri Cruise had another over-the-top bash for her fifth birthday party with a budget of over $20,000! This girl seriously gets it all. Pre-split, TomKat hired professional actors to dress up as favorite children’s characters, and had a load of animals, including giraffes and elephants to entertain her guests. Who needs a stuffed animal as a birthday gift when you can play with the real thing at your birthday party?!
Taylor Armstrong of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills went all out for her daughter’s fourth birthday party. The $60,000 party, planned by Dana Wilkey, known for her lavish celebrity-driven events, was held at the Houdini mansion in the Laurel Canyon area. It was a tea party fit for a queen complete with floating teapots holding flowers, a ridiculous teacake and cupcakes on amazing china.
When Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott’s daughter turned one, they celebrated with a ladybug-themed party designed by event planner Jo Gartin of Love Luck and Angels. Sounds quaint enough, but of course it didn’t stop there. There was a ladybug insect zoo, a create-your-own-potted-plant station, cookie-decorating activities, and pony rides. To top it all off, a live performance by her son’s, favorite band, The Jumpitz. Too bad the birthday girl’s silk white dress was ruined when she dove into the cake.
Like, we all loved (or still do love) Aladdin and some of our humble birthdays even included the dashing thief in the theme. But Usher and Tameka took the Aladdin theme up a notch for the first birthday of Usher's second son, Naviyd Raymond. They hired a party planning service to execute it, complete with magic carpet seating, camel rides, face painting, henna tattoos, and more. Sounds better than the Disney movie.
To celebrate their son Brooklyn’s 6th birthday, David and Victoria Beckham spent $187,000 on a custom-built playhouse (just a playhouse, not a real house). Get this, there is already a separate play castle located on the Beckham's estate. In some parts of the world that can buy a legit house. Music at a birthday party is one thing, and live music is another thing. Having the extremely popular boy band The Wanted perform is on a completely different level. The Beckham’s middle son, Romeo, had just that at his 10th birthday bash. The Wanted met all Romeo's pals and posed for photos. Now how could you even put a price on that (or just a meager $125,000)? The Beckham’s have gotten into the habit of holding lavish parties for their children. There was no exception for baby Harper’s first birthday. They spent over $100,000 on the super girlie celebration, including pink cuddly toys, pony rides, cupcakes and even pink rabbits roaming around. Rabbits don’t even come in that color!
Some of us grew up with Sesame Street, but Pink’s daughter partied with Sesame Street for her second birthday. The themed party was complete with Cookie Monster and Elmo characters. The rockin’ guestlist included Sandra Bullock, Selma Blair and their sons.
Petting zoos are always fun, but imagine when one is in the backyard of your Hollywood Hills mansion for your birthday. Well, little Jackson didn’t have to imagine. For his second birthday, mom Charlize Theron threw a bash with a petting zoo of farm animals, including a pony, and tons of balloons. To rent a ho-hum petting zoo with two ponies for only two hours is at least $475; so imagine what this superstar mama paid!
Let’s face it, if we could have any celebrities for parents, we’d probably opt for music sensations Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Lucky for Blue Ivy, they are her parents;so lucky that for her second birthday, the two megastars rented a wildlife park/botanical garden called Jungle Island, in Miami, Fla. If they spent $200,000 on her first birthday, you could only imagine how much they dropped for her second.
Many of us have probably had a birthday or two at home, just not a $15,000 birthday. In 2010, Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani dished out $15,000 for their son Kingston's fourth birthday party at their home.. Kate Beckinsale, David and Victoria Beckham, and their kids were among the 100 guests who gorged on burgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, fries, tacos, quesadillas, cotton candy, and a sumptuous birthday cake. They arranged activities like face painting, a bouncy castle, superhero characters, balloon art, actual birds, and more. Sounds better than the “havewayless” backyard bash.
Carnivals are practically the happiest places on Earth. That’s probably why Jessica Simpson recreated one for her daughter Maxwell's first birthday. She took the carnival theme to the next level with various food stations serving lemonade, hot dogs, fries, popcorn, snow cones, cookies, cotton candy, along with a DJ spinning 70s and 80s tunes, face-painting, balloons, swimming, and swinging and playing on the backyard jungle gym.
First birthdays are meant to be magical, but Kourtney Kardashian took that idea and ran with it, creating a whimsical garden party bash for her daughter Penelope's first birthday. The lavish experience was held at Kris Jenner’s Los Angeles mansion and apparently involved a little piglet, a horse dressed as a unicorn, and some 30 big pink and white balloons coming in at about $150 a pop. Unicorn, enough said.
Princess themed parties will never be played-out, especially when you have an infinite budget like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt do. The Jolie-Pitts did it up for their daughter Zahara’s princess-themed birthday party. There is no telling what princessy things you can get with $20,000. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie also organized $7,000 a luxury river cruise on the Seine in France for Pax’s seventh birthday. What a cultured little lad. Good thing balloons and cake made an appearance or we would forget the birthday was for a kid.
Puff Daddy’s (or P. Diddy) younger son, Christian, got an over-the-top trip to Vegas for his 12th birthday. He and his friends traveled in style in a black tour van for a three-day birthdaypalooza, seeing the sights and chowing down on a custom cake as tall as the birthday boy. , Puffy’s other son Justin was gifted a $360,000 Maybach for his 16th birthday, and that was just the beginning. Justin’s party featured performances by famous artists Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, G-Dep and Trey Songz. Money knows no bounds, clearly.
Any reality TV junkie knows that the wives of The Real Housewives franchise do everything on a larger than life scale. Phaedra and Apollo from The Real Housewives of Atlanta threw baby Ayden’s first birthday bash at the water park. Of course just one cake wasn’t enough, the one-year-old needed twelve.
Nicole Richie held Harlow's 3rd birthdayat the Tree House Social Club, an upscale club in Los Angeles created for tots. This kiddie social club is an enormous indoor play space that runs $2,500 for a party for 50 people that generally include body glimmer, arts and crafts, and a popcorn machine. Wonder if little Harlow played in a VIP section.
Even Alice would be envious of Geri Halliwell’s daughter Bluebell’s magical Alice in Wonderland 2nd birthday party. The elegant festivities, which took place in a 16th-century mansion, highlighted lop-eared bunnies, enormous stuffed toys, and white horse chess pieces. Bluebell came dressed to impress as a lovely little fairy princess.