It's a trade-off: buying a cake saves time, while making one saves money.

What is the cost of a child's birthday party?

It pains me to say I have created a rod for my own back. We have three children, aged 7 through 18 months and we have always, every single year, had a party to celebrate the day of their birth.

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3 reasons kids should never open gifts during their birthday party

Growing up, there was always one thing that made my birthday parties different from my friends'. Not the perfectly executed birthday cakes or the elaborate goodie bags (even though these details were always spot on!), but it was part of the party that was always missing: I never opened gifts during the celebration.

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