I'm not sure about you, but around where I live, kids' birthdays are a big, expensive deal. They now often involve rented-out rooms, fancy invitations, and a whole lot of time, effort, and money.
Don't even get me started on this whole "half-birthday" party thing. What is up with that?
I did the big party once for one of my four children a long time ago, but never again. I've decided that my time, money, and sanity are much too valuable.