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Plugged In: Parents spend more than $39K on 3-year-old’s birthday party

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PERTH, Australia — The mother and father of a three-year-old named Lauren are taking some heat after spending more than $39,000 on her birthday party.

The Perth Now Sunday Times reports Eric Lembo and Trang Nguyen threw a Disney-themed party with 170 adult guests and 50 child guests. There was a face painter, balloon artist, photo booth — even fairy bread for the kids.

Scallops, pork belly, wood fired pizza and oysters were on the menu, and they spent nearly $12,700 just on beer, wine and soft drinks alone.

Eric Lembo told Perth Now that his family is Italian and Vietnamese, and that in those cultures they have large first birthday parties for their children. Eric and his wife decided to keep the tradition going.

“It has really become a party not just for Lauren but for all of my family and friends to get together,” Eric Lembo told Perth Now. “That’s very important to me.”

As for Lauren’s reaction, Eric said her face lit up and she thought the party was amazing.

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