“I’M HAVING A unicorn party,” says four-year-old Hlelolwenkosi*.
“And her whole class of 26 kids and her cousins are all invited,” her mother, Thandekile*, boasts.
Not only have they hired an R12 000 venue – a popular hotel used for live music performances in Ekurhuleni in Gauteng – for just a few hours of fun, they’re also bringing in their own chef, hiring a magician and also making sure the party planner has budgeted for enough entertainment for the kids.
Hello is one of a generation of children whose parents believe in giving them everything they want while ensuring that their peers can’t compete.
Entertainment these days ranges from hiring a live ballerina to having a soccer star or celebrity show face at the party – at a tab that runs at an hourly rate – says Lerato Disemelo, a party planner.
She often finds parents turning to fashion designers for tailor-made outfits – for the whole family – to wear on the day of the party.
“I’ve hosted kiddies birthday parties with budgets bigger than that of an ordinary person’s wedding,” Lerato says.
To top it all off, each guest often leaves with a party pack that’s even more extravagant than the birthday present they brought.
Lerato remembers how at one of the parties she helped plan, little guests went home with iPods.
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