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Birthday party spending has risen in the past few years as parents try to come up with creative ways to connect with their kids.
According to MSN, parents are sparing no expense on their children's birthday parties -- no matter what the state of the economy. Party planners attribute it to parents having kids at an older age and therefore having more money to spend. Some parents admit to throwing these parties as much for themselves and to outdo their neighbors as for their kids.
Whatever the reason, party supply companies are happy to oblige. And the birthday balloons and streamers are flying off the shelves.
However, MSN gives these tips for curbing costs if you find your party budget is getting a little out of control: