Grandmother Spends £16,000 On Her Grandson's First Birthday Party

There are many things that you could spend £16,000 on. It could go towards a new car or maybe a new kitchen. It could help homeless charities care for a large number of the people sleeping rough on the streets in the UK.

It could also go towards the most epic 18th - or 21st, or 25th, or 30th or 50th - birthday party. It could help a friend who's fallen on hard times or you could get a truly state-of-the-art computer that could solve the mysteries of the universe and still have some change left over.

Or...you could spend that much money on your grandson's first birthday - an event he'll never remember. Because he's a one year old.

Credit: Triangle News
Credit: Triangle News

Credit: Triangle News
Credit: Triangle News

That, though, is the amount of money that Sharon Moseley spent on her grandson Danny Smith's first birthday bash.

"If you're going to do it, do it properly," she said. Quite.

And so it was that she invited over 170 guests to a soldier-themed party at a luxury wedding venue. There was a four-tiered cake and an open bar for the adults which cost £2,500.

The 60 kids were treated to chicken nuggets, cheeseburgers and chips - all served on silver platters, naturally - while the grown-ups gorged themselves on fresh seafood, salmon bagels, hot pork buns and jellied eels.

Danny changed outfits three times and there was a Punch and Judy show. There were also party bags that included a water bottle embroidered with Danny's name.

Credit: Triangle News
Credit: Triangle News

Credit: Triangle News
Credit: Triangle News

If it all sounds a bit OTT - and let's face it, it is - the 53-year-old grandmother had a good reason for splashing out so much. In 2008, her daughter Georgia - Danny's mother - was in a car crash that left her pelvis smashed in eight places.

She had an eight hour operation to repair her pelvis and a five hour operation to save her arm, and doctors told her she'd never be able to have kids. She was also later diagnosed with Bipolar disorder.

But, in 2016, Georgia fell pregnant. So while £16,000 is an obscene amount of money to spend on a one-year-old's birthday party, it's clear that it was really for Georgia. And after all she's been through, who are we to argue?

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Mischa Pearlman

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]

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