How much would you spend on a party for your son? $100? $200? Try $1000.
That’s how much journalist Jo Abi is spending on her son’s ninth birthday party, and that’s not even the most shocking part.
Abi, from Sydney, as confessed she is spending the princely sum in the hopes that it will ‘buy’ her son some friends.
Mega birthday: Writer Jo Abi is spending more than $1000 on her son Giovanni’s ninth birthday party
Why so much: She is spending that much so Giovanni, eight, can make some new friends at school
‘I could cancel it all… But if he gets one new friend out of it, if he enjoys school just a little more, if his anxious mind is filled with happy memories for a few days, if he has just one moment of feeling like he belongs in this world he is struggling to understand, then it will all be worth it.
‘Or just one extra invitation to another birthday party this year…,’ she writes in a candid blog post on Mamamia.
‘Anything for our little boy.’
For Giovanni is not like the other boys at school. He is mildly autistic – ‘enough to make everything a little more challenging for him,’ writes Abi.
Easy situation: She is spending so much because Giovanni is mildly autistic and struggles in social scenes
Party time: She hopes that an elaborate party will encourage him to bond with the other children in his class
The family have started Occupational Therapy in an effort to help him navigate his way around the world a little better, but Abi writes that he still ‘struggles to make friends at school’.
‘Knowing that my little boy sits on a set on his own, eating his lunch, wanting to play but not knowing how to reach out or how to navigate play with others is heartbreaking,’ she writes.
Hence the $1000 upcoming birthday party. From a ‘fancy’ petting zoo filled with goats and piglets in the back garden (which Abi hopes will act as the ‘perfect icebreaker’) to a chocolate gelato ice-cream cake and lolly bags filled with foods that Giovanni likes, no expenses have been spared, and according to Abi: ‘It will be Giovanni’s most perfect and happiest day.’
Petting zoo: The figure spent includes money spent on an elaborate petting zoo complete with goats
Cake like no other: The itinerary for the party also includes an impressive $117 chocolate gelato cake
What with the Kindifarm that costs, $539, the pure gelato cake for $117, 10 Domino’s cheese pizzas at $101.50 and the food party supplies and lolly bags coming in at $292, the total is the somewhat crazy $1049.50.
Abi writes that she knows that it is crazy, and that she should probably just take her son to the ‘beach’, but she will would rather give him the party of his life:
‘I could go ahead with it all, heart in hand, and hope against all hopes that Giovanni has a fabulous day, makes friends and experiences countless moments of pure joy.’
Perfect day: According to Abi, this will be ‘Giovanni’s most perfect and happy day’
Crazy fee: The mother writes that she knows it is a crazy amount to spend on a birthday, but will do so anyway
Pure joy: She says she hopes he experiences ‘countless moments of pure joy’ at the birthday party