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Some parents in Singapore, like this Indonesian tycoon, will go all out for their baby's birthday parties, even if it means forking out close to a million dollars for their child's first-month gala.
High-end floral and event designer Harijanto Setiawan recalled that the party had 300 guests and was held at luxury hotel Capella Singapore and decorations for the theme-park wonderland included a custom-made, life-sized carousel and forest -- created at the hotel from scratch.
The celebration also included ballerinas, singers, performers, rental of the ballroom which cost at least $15,000, an event planner and accommodation for the guests.
Another client of Mr Setiawan had his one-year-old child's party at a renowned Italian restaurant here some months ago that featured a three-tier cake from Shangri-La which cost about $3,000 and had an edible tier that was decorated with Swarovski crystals. There was also a photo booth, and gift pool for the kids.
Clients who throw such extravagant parties for their children are usually in their 20s and work either in the banking industry or run private businesses. These parties also double-up as networking events for some clients.
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