Did you have a birthday party when you were young? My recollection of my birthday party was when I was 3 although my mother said that every child in the family had his party on the 1st birthday. Come to think of it, why no more birthday party when I grew up? The wisdom of my parents was this - give the birthday celebrant money for his own spending. That is much cheaper than a birthday party. Besides giving money to the child on his birthday is like teaching him how to spend wisely.