For most little girls,a homemade cake and a clown will suffice for her sixth birthday. But not so for Gracie, whose doting parents spent a staggering $36,000 on a party in her daughter’s honour.
The extreme measures taken by the youngster’s mother Nicole, 45, to give her little darling the birthday party of her dreams, are charted in TLC’s latest car crash reality series, Outrageous Kid Parties.
Lavish: The cake-maker puts the finishing touches toGracie’s nine-tier creation
Eat your heart out Suri Cruise: Gracie, who features in Outrageous Kid Parties, sits in a throne as she opens one of the many presents given to her for her sixth birthday
With the help of her ‘favourite party planner’, Suzanne, she also splashed out on 42 floral centrepieces, a Cinderella carriage, and actors to play jugglers and jesters in keeping with the lavish medieval princess theme.
Gracie was even treated to a day of spa treatments the day before the party.
Nicole said: ‘This is going to be a fairytale fantasy party for her because she is still in that prime age where she still believes in fairytales.’
Making an entrance: The six-year-old arrived with her young friends in a Cinderella-style glass carriage
It was anything but a fairytale for Gracie’s teenage older brother, Parker, who was bribed $100 to dress up in a medieval costume and hand-deliver the 200 guests’ invitations.
‘It was just over-the-top,’ he said.
Mummy’s little princess: Gracie blows out the candles on her $2,100 birthday cake
But even this was not enough to impress young Gracie, who rejected her lavish birthday cake because the bird design was purple, not blue.
‘She’s a bit of a perfectionist,’ Nicole explained.
The six-year-old even turned down the help of all the stylists and dressers hired to help her look the part.
‘It’s crazy because Gracie didn’t want anyone else to get her dress,’ her mother added. ‘Here we had all these hairdressers and she just wanted mom.’
The mother-of-two, who had an initial budget of $15,000, can even be seen instructing planners hired to organise the event to prepare one bill for her, and another for her husband in order that he doesn’t realise the true cost.
She told them: ‘Gracie wants the best and that’s what she’ll get!’
TLC’s Nancy Daniels explained why she thought the four-part series was set to be another huge success for the network.
‘With relatable families throwing over the top celebrations Outrageous Kid Parties felt like a natural and fun fit to the TLC schedule,’ she said.
‘A child’s birthday is certainly a momentous occasion, but I think what audiences will most enjoy is watching the parents who got a little carried away.’
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