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When I was a kid, birthday cakes had simple adornments: Some frosting, candles, and maybe the guest of honour’s name handwritten in red food dye. But times have changed. Nowadays, it seems that no child’s party is complete without a sugar-filled masterpiece in the form of a shimmery unicorn head or a Lightning McQueen race car.

While the trend may be good for Instagram pics, it’s bad news for parents’ budgets.

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Your kid's birthday party is coming up! Have you figured out where you're gonna put the petting zoo? Are the 1000 butterflies ready for their release? Did you remember to book your the child's favourite band and name the party -chella? You did confirm that the skydiving Trolls will be dropping in after the mermaid laser show, right?

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I 100 per cent support thank you cards, both in theory and in practice. But also? Life, man. After your kid has a birthday party, you've got to get the cards, track down each guest's mailing address, find stamps, and if you're extra enough to let the child write the notes herself, oversee the project for days. ("How do you spell Makenzie? Oh no, I messed up. I'm going to start over.") It is a process. I've noticed that many parents are now skipping physical thank you notes and sending mass "Thanks for coming!" messages, and I get that, but to me, it feels a little impersonal.

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When you're a kid, there's no party like a slumber party. Staying up late, learning how to burp the alphabet, eating lollies until you puke - what's not to love?

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Birthday parties: children daydream about them, while their parents often dread them. Before social media, parents had nothing to compare their kids' parties to, aside from a cursory glance at friends' events during drop-off and pick-up-time. Not to get all nostalgic, but some of my favourite birthdays were at the local McDonald's.