From a $250,000 fête for a seven-year-old Florida girl, complete with helicopter rides, to $100,000 first birthday parties as reported in the New York Times, this is rapidly becoming the gilded age of children's birthday parties. The cost of these events now averages between $200 and $400, fueled by pressure to “keep up with the Joneses.” Couple this surge in interest with the fact that births in the United States have exceeded 4 million each year since 2000, and you have a waiting and growing market. Planning such events has become a profession in itself. More and more, parents are turning to event consultants to plan their children's celebrations. If you've dreamed of your own home business, planned parties for your own children, and want to put your creative ideas to work, this book is for you. Packed with organizing tips, guidelines, checklists, and more, How to Start a Home-Based Children's Birthday Party Business will help you hit the ground running.