Parents Are Spending Almost $500 on Kids Parties

Nearly half of parents are spending almost $500 on their kids’ parties, according to Evite’s new After Party Report

Evite, America’s go to destination for all things party, got into the details in their annual report, surveying over 800 kids party hosts across the country and exploring exactly how parents are approaching their kids’ parties from costs to gifts to goodie bags.

Keep scrolling for some of the key takeaways from the After Party Report 

The East Coast Likes to Party

Washington D.C. took the cake—literally—as the Top Party Market in the U.S., and it seems the East Coast in general is the place to get down in 2023. The Top 5 Party Markets included the following:

  1. Washington D.C.
  2. Virginia
  3. New Jersey
  4. Maryland
  5. Colorado

Delaware Likes Big Parties

When it comes to party size, Delaware is first on the list with an average guest list size of 42. Montana is next up with an average guest list of 41. Other top contenders for party size include California, South Carolina, and Washington D.C. at 40 guests.

Video Game Parties Are Popular

Whether it’s Minecraft or Mario, video game parties were the most popular kids party theme in 2023. But if you’re planning a kids party and could use a little inspiration, consider the top themes for your next fete:

  1. Video Games
  2. Mermaid
  3. Sports
  4. Princess
  5. Dinosaur

And that’s not all— Taylor Swift mania made its way into party themes in 2023 with Taylor Swift inspired events increasing by 230% from 2022 to 2023.

Smaller Is Better

According to the report, 54% of parents invited a few of their child’s friends to their party vs. the whole class. 

No Gift Parties Are In

53% of parents surveyed said they attended a birthday party where the host requested no presents.

Parents Book Venues

It seems parties at home are few and far between, with 65% of parents interested in throwing parties outside their home. But that doesn’t come without its own set of stress— the report found that 59% of parents said finding the right venue was the most important part of party planning.

62% of parents also shared that the pressure to make the party enjoyable was their biggest stressor, while 58% said it was the cost.

Easy Party Favors Win

After planning the big soiree and ensuring your guests have a good time, parents are sending them off with party favors. However, they’re not going overboard on the parting presents. The After Party Report found 45% of parents spent less than $10 on party favors per child.