Mum sparks outrage after charging children £25 to attend birthday party – and they’re still expected to bring a gift
Children’s birthday parties are supposed to be a fun, simple affair.
You know the drill, balloons, cake, party bags – there’s no need to go over the top and splash too much cash.
And if money is tight and you can’t afford to throw a big bash for your little one, there are a number of other ways you can celebrate the occasion.
But one mum has come up with a rather controversial way to fund her child’s upcoming party and it’s caused a heated debate amongst parents on NetMums.
In a post on the parenting forum, an anonymous user revealed that her 10-year-old daughter had been invited to a party for one of her friends.
The mum was only told about the event two days prior to it taking place, but she accepted the invitation nonetheless.
It was only after saying yes to the other parent, that she discovered she was expected to hand over money in exchange for her daughter attending the party.
She wrote: “My 10-year-old daughter has been invited out for a friend’s birthday, there’s about 10 of them going and we’ve only been given two days notice.
“The mum messaged me and asked if she could go, to which I said yes, she then replied with a price it would cost. Altogether I’m going to be expected to pay around £25.”
The user added that she wouldn’t have minded so much if the cost had been made clear from the beginning, instead of being sprung on her after she’d already agreed.
On top of the party fee, the mum is concerned she may also have to buy a gift for the child.
She added: “Should I still bring a gift? Maybe this is a done thing but I personally wouldn’t dream of inviting my daughter’s friends to a party and asking for a contribution! If I couldn’t afford for her to do something with that many friends we wouldn’t do it or we’d cut the guest list down.”
Lots of other mums were quick to share their shock at the situation.
One said: “Oh that’s odd? If I was inviting other kids to go out with my son for his birthday, then I would fully expect to foot the bill!”
Another commented: “I’d be p***** off. The parents throwing the party should pay, and tbh it seems like your daughter is only a last minute invite, to make up numbers.”
A third added: “I wouldn’t ask others to pay. If you can’t afford your child’s birthday party you shouldn’t be throwing one in my opinion. Also why only two days notice? I would decline the invitation and also diplomatically tell them why.”
“Hell no! That is insane! Be completely blunt and instead take your child out for ice cream,” posted a fourth.
However not everyone thought she should decline the invite, with one mum admitting she would “begrudgingly” pay the cost.