Crowdfunding Babies’ Birthday Parties? I Think the Line Has Been Crossed

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I don't know what it is, but there's this phenomenon about children's birthday parties that includes everything on Pinterest that could even be close to relevant and goodie bags. (Which don't make sense to me at all. It's like saying, “Hey! It's my birthday! Here's a gift.” That just doesn't register with me.) I personally am one that is not a fan of birthdays at all. I feel gratitude for gifts and whatnot, but for whatever reason, I just have a hard time expressing that gratitude without feeling overly vulnerable.

I know. I'm messed up. 

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If birthdays are going to be celebrated, I say we honor the mother who birthed the person celebrating their birth. I mean, the mother was the one who did all the work during birth. All the child did was showed up — hardly deserving of a celebration.

With that in mind, I am at even more of a loss for words for people that try and crowdfund a majestic birthday party for their 1-year-old — a child that I would wager to say would have absolutely no recollection of the event in the subsequent years. 

Once we've gotten to the point that people are having to essentially beg for money to throw “an amazing 2nd birthday for [a] blue-eyed princess,” we really need to prioritize. I'm totally OK with people crowdfunding medical bills, cool inventions, or even funds for someone to go to college. But money just so you can throw a party? I really think some introspection needs to take place. 

As is mentioned in the article, a million bucks have been raised to pay for people's birthday parties. Obviously, people are willing to donate, so it clearly isn't that much of an issue with it being an annoyance. But that is just further evidence of where priorities are. Imagine where that million dollars could have gone elsewhere instead of into cakes and balloons and clowns and trained monkeys and activities.

College funds?

Medical expenses?

Food donations?

I can just think of so many other places that we could prioritize our money and efforts that won't go towards an inevitably forgotten party for a holiday that I don't even care much for. What do you think? 

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Crowdfunding Babies’ Birthday Parties? I Think the Line Has Been Crossed

Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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  1. renee says:

    I am all for Birthday Parties. All three of my boys help to chose what they want to do or where they want their Birthday Parties. We may go overboard but WE PAY THE BILL.
    I am totally with you. If you can’t afford to throw a birthday party for your little one then do what you can. Its all about making the day special for your little one. Don’t go making a fund for them. If it is their last Birthday “God forbid would never wish that” then I understand wanting to do something special or needing help to for fill a wish or dream. That is SO DIFFERENT !!!!
    Yes we could raise so much money for other things that really matter. Homeless, Battered mothers/women/men, Abused children, Foster Animals, ect the list could go on and on.
    But you know what they say if people are willing to give then why not. SAD :-{

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