Birthday parties will always have those moments we remember, good or bad. Like that terrifying clown at your backyard birthday shindig, or that soggy pizza from Chuck-E-Cheese, or the bratty kid that always cries to steal the show. But then there’s that yummy princess cake or those Spiderman decorations your mom and dad blew the budget on — just to see you smile.
Suri Cruises’ $100,000 Second Birthday PartyMost 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.
Taylor Armstrong’s $60,000 Tea PartyTaylor 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.
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott’s Ladybug LuncheonWhen 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.
Usher and Tameka’s Aladdin Themed ExtravaganzaLike, 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.
The Beckham’s $187,000 Birthday PlayhouseTo 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.
Pink’s Sesame Street Themed BirthdaySome 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.
Charlize Theron’s Petting Zoo PartyPetting 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.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s $200,000 Jungle Island PartyLet’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.
Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani’s $15,000 Backyard BashMany 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.
Jessica Simpson’s Carnival PartyCarnivals 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.
Kourtney Kardashian’s Whimsical Garden PartyFirst 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.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s $20,000 Princess PartyPrincess 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.
Puff Daddy’s Outrageous Birthday CelebrationsPuff 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.
Phaedra and Apollo’s Water Park BirthdayAny 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’s Tree House Social Club PartyNicole 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.
Geri Halliwell’s Alice in Wonderland PartyEven 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.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West throw North a festival.Kim and Kanye looked like the picture perfect family as they partied with friends for their daughter’s birthday. The ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ star opted for a ‘Kidchella’ theme inspired by the trendy Californian festival.
Britney Spears’s son birthday partyBritney Spears is no stranger to crazy, or over-the-top lavish parties, so it comes as no surprise that she threw her boys Jayden and Preston an all-out bash. When it comes to gifts, the celebrity mega star didn’t skimp out and bought her boys matching motorized mini trucks with personalized licence plates, and air fresheners. The trucks were nicer than some of the real vehicles that some people drive. The whole party was truck themed, right down to the birthday cake. Talk about lucky kids! Their party was attended by such celebrity royalty such as Heidi Klum, Gwen Stefani and Gavin, and of course, their adorable little kiddies.
Molly Sims made all of her son Brooks’ dreams come true.She threw him a Curious George-themed birthday party when he turned two. In addition to having “the monkey,” as her son calls him, there, Sims had a Curious George-style cake, frozen banana truck, gourmet food for the adults, and pools filled with giant bubbles for the kids to play with and blow. And of course, no toddler party would be complete without a face painting station and adorable (huge!) balloon animals. Brooks, you’re a lucky little dude!
Mariah Carey threw a bash to remember.Never one to do, well, anything low-key, Mariah Carey threw a bash to remember when her twins Moroccan and Monroe turned one. The tots were gifted a bright red toy Ferrari, a rocking horse, and a miniature white piano. Carey also dressed for the occasion, donning a floor-length gown and diamond necklace. Because of course she did.
Jessica Alba recently celebrated her daughter Honor’s fifth birthdayJessica Alba recently celebrated her daughter Honor’s fifth birthday, hosting a chill soirée at their Beverly Hills home. The star-studded guest list included Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale and their boys, Kingston and Zuma, as well as Rachel Zoe’s hubby, Rodger Berman, and their son Skyler.
Jessica shared this photo of herself and Honor enjoying the party (left), with the caption,”Today 5 years ago my sweet little angel Honor came into this world. I’m so blessed to be her mommy.” Awww!
Cartoon-Themed Play PlaceJennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony don’t mess around with birthdays. He threw J-Lo a blow-out 40th for his wifey at NYC’s world-class Edison Ballroom. When her twins hit the big 3, J-Lo planned a cartoon-themed fete with animated characters, candy machines, and a massive cake. We also find it humurous that this delivery man almost fell over with colossal bunches of balloons.
T.I.’s Daughter: 14th Rock Star BashFor rapper T.I.’s daughter Zonnique’s big day, T.I. and now-wife Tiny threw a “14th Rock Star” bash at upscale Lucky Lounge in Atlanta. The girl of the night, dressed in a fuschia-black tutu dress with a tiara and hot pink leather Doc Martens, celebrated with a triple-tiered zebra-pink, feathered cake.