Even as a child’s eyes light up at the prospect of yet another classmate’s birthday party, many parents inwardly groan at the hassle and cost. If feelings of financial worry or consumer guilt hit you as you contemplate buying yet another gift, know that you’re not alone. However, there’s a new trend in kids’ parties that takes some of the dreaded expense and inconvenience away.

Birthday parties are excellent social opportunities for young children. But traditionally they come with a certain financial burden, and not just for the host parents. There can be pressure on parents of attending kids to buy gifts for the birthday boy or girl. And, with multiple parties throughout the year, it’s an expense that can quickly add up.

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