Rochelle Vukelic, wanted to throw her baby girl a first birthday party to be remembered.

The 32-year-old mum of four, from Sydney, who has four children under five – three girls and a boy – adores throwing big parties for friends and family and wanted to ensure Lola’s big day was no different.

The result was a summer garden/unicorn themed bash complete with pastel drapery, lavish grazing boards, ponies, personalised lunch boxes, a watercolour cake and beautiful floral installations.

‘I love throwing big parties for the children as it’s a great way to treat them and family and friends and I just love seeing everyone happy and having an amazing time,’ Ms Vukelic, a hairdresser, told FEMAIL.

‘We are 32 and love entertaining but once you have kids it gets harder to get together with people so it’s a good excuse to get everyone together as well.

‘The parties are wonderful for making memories and because we don’t get out much we start planning early and make sure they’re an event to remember.’

Ms Vukelic invited 77 guests all up – 50 adults and 27 children – and hosted the extravagant bash at their family home on Saturday afternoon.

‘I used inspiration from Etsy and Instagram to plan it and I knew I wanted to go with pretty blushes and pretty pinks as a colour palette to reflect the summer garden/unicorn theme,’ Ms Vukelic said, adding that it cost between $20k and $25k all up.

‘The day was amazing, nice and sunny. Lola and all the other kids had a great time,’ Ms Vukelic said. ‘We love throwing parties for our kids and cherish these moments because we love seeing how excited they get. It’s really the best feeling.’

Ms Vukelic said her number one tip would be to start planning early to get the best deals.

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Have you done an extravagant birthday for your child or do you think that should be kept for their 18th birthday? 

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Image Rachael K Photography via Daily Mail

  • The whole family could have gone for a cruise to somewhere like Fiji for less that this party cost.
    I would rather have put the money aside for the birthday girl’s education or sports activities in the future. It is not as though the birthday girl will remember the party. I hope the parents weren’t fools enough to put this on credit cards


  • I think when it becomes more about you than your child then somethings not right


  • Wow. Well I suppose she does say it’s for them as they don’t get out much…..but how on earth do you have 50 odd friends to invite if that’s the case. I’d love to have the finances available that she has but I’m doubtful I’d spend it on a 1yo party, more like……a car perhaps? Makes you wonder what the kids will expect at 16, or 18, etc and will the finances hold.
    Beautiful photos though. She definitely has a flair.


  • My goodness this 1yr olds birthday was more lavish than my wedding. As I reflect on some of the birthdays I had as a child and then look at the average party today. I begin to wonder if it’s really for the benefit of the children.


  • The article dates the 8th of April 2018, but I’m sure I’ve read it here before a while back.
    Nice this family has so much money they can throw such a party.
    Personally I couldn’t account for that and it would be irresponsible to spend our money in this way.
    I’ve done big parties though, but still very simple and at low costs.


  • Looks amazing but totally crazy. I guess she must have the money to be able to blow so much!


  • Whilst it looks beautiful, I would say more money than sense. A one year old has no memory of, nor really cares too much about their first birthday. They still need their nap and just want to be fed on cue. It’s more about the adults and less about the kids. The cost of this party is so excessive, it’s sickening. Good on them for having this amount of disposable cash, but in a world where many people are homeless and living from week to week, it’s just showy and excessive.


  • I really can’t understand anyone spending that sort of money on any birthday party let alone a first birthday, if I had that sort of money I would put it in an account for the childs education, as you never no what the future holds. Not my money though, so they can do what they want no matter what I or anyone else thinks.


  • My kids have a party, either at the local park, pizza place, play area every alternate year with their friends. The parties usually have a cap for the number of invitees and a set budget. Everyone’s different I suppose.


  • Each to their own, glad she has the money to spend on these type of parties. As for me simple ones are all I can afford.


  • Way too much to spend on a child’s birthday party at any age. But as the old saying goes, a fool and their money are soon parted. Guess if that’s what floats you boat, but I would never do this even if I had loads of money.


  • I could never ever justify spending this amount of money on a party or on any event – always kept budgets to a minimum for parties and we had a low cost wedding. Prefer to spend money on other things. But we are all different and all spend money in different ways.


  • Had I not read the heading I would have thought it was an Engagement Party or a Wedding and that the bride had a passion for pink. I have to agree with other people that is a lot of money for a baby’s birthday party.


  • It’s their business, their children, their money and their decision. We don’t do lavish, just memorable and try to mix it up every year. I’ll bet they filmed it for their child to watch many times over at a later stage. Also that party looks amazing.


  • Too bad her kids won’t remember it. Seems like a huge waste of money to me when some people can’t even afford to buy their child a simple gift. Way over the top.


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