One of the controversies over extravagant birthday parties is the appropriateness of spending large sums in this sagging economy. I say, go for it. These clients are not mortgaging their home to throw a birthday party, but spending a small portion of their discretionary income, and putting hundreds of people to work in the process.
Also featured in the segment was a family from a TLC show about outrageous birthday parties. For the record, in all my years designing parties, I have never had a client meeting with a 6-year-old! Such a skewed take on the process (this is just not what happens), but I love watching it anyway. Reality on reality television? Not this time.