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Ali Landry Striving For 'Balance' With Birthday Party

05/28/2009 at 05:00 PM ET
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Extravagant birthday parties are nothing new in Hollywood, but the current recession has even celebrities tightening their belts. Ali Landry is in the midst of planning her 22-month-old daughter Estela Ines‘ second birthday party and she admits in a new segment for Spotlight to Nightlight that she’s conflicted about how to proceed. “At first, I thought, let’s do something simple…a cake, a few friends, maybe a ride on a pony,” the 35-year-old model and actress explains. “After all, my second birthday party consisted of my aunts, uncles, and cousins sitting on the porch with a cake, a few presents, and Pin the Tail on the Donkey.” While Ali “doesn’t really remember it,” she notes that everyone appeared to have had a good time “without all the bells and whistles that are such a big part of today’s celebrations.”

On the other hand, as a celebrity, Ali notes that she has access to “resources and companies” that most non-celebrity moms don’t. “When you add that to the mix, it’s really hard to stick to my original idea of keeping it simple,” she admits. “I am now trying to find that happy balance.”

“Everyone is paring down their spending these days, but it’s hard to cut back when it’s for our kids. There are so many great ideas out there and if you’re willing to put in the effort, you can still pull off an amazing shindig without breaking the bank. You just need time, creativity, and resources.”

Click below to read about which celebrity mom Ali turned to for advice.

To that end, Ali consulted with pal Dayna Devon. The 39-year-old Extra! co-host and mom of two recommended that Ali keep a file handy of ideas for Estela’s party. Dayna also suggested that Ali visit her local dollar store and peruse eBay for party supplies, and check out Costco’s selection of birthday cakes. In place of a favor bag, Ali says she’s considering a craft activity; Not only will it occupy her tiny guests during the party, but it also gives them something to take home that they made themselves. Ali goes on to say that while she knows Estela doesn’t “need a blowout bash,” the temptation to go all out is forever present. “There is nothing more than to see a huge smile on her face on her birthday,” she adds.

“At the end of the day, what really matters is that we surround our daughter with the people who love her and create joyous memories that will last our family a lifetime. If those joyous memories include a few extra blessings that come along with my husband and I being in this business, then I am not going to feel guilty or stressed about it … I sound stressed, don’t I?”

Estela is Ali’s daughter with husband Alejandro Gomez Monteverde. Dayna and husband Dr. Brent Moelleken are parents to Emmi Reese, 3 ½, and Cole Brent, 2.

Source: Spotlight to Nightlight

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Alice on

With 6 kids in my family my mother wasn’t too keen on throwing 5 birthday parties every year (my twin sister and I are the youngest after 3 boys and 1 girl). So we were allowed to have a birthday party with invitations and school friends when we turned 5 and when we turned 10 and the other years the parties were cake and presents with parents and siblings.

Cris on

It must be difficult for celebrities to hold a ‘simple’ party because everyone’s expecting it to be big and expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. Her daughter is the star of the party and what matters is that she enjoys it. You don’t want her to remember that a lot of huge people attended the party, but to remember the fun she had on her special day.

fuschia on

I think Ali Landry (whoever she is) needs to get a real problem. This is ridiculous.

Sam & Freya's Mum on

I agree. She does sound OTT for a 2nd b’day party!, jeez, the kid won’t remember it way being that young, lol and does’t need outrageous material things, I personally hope she goes for lowkey, teach her daughter money’s not everything, but being a celebrity has the resources as mehntioned so probably not! We found our son got into his b’day really at 3 and more so his 4th b’day and others we know did the same, more of a big deal from 3 or 4 onwards when they understand & they enjoy themselves with their little friends. Fushia, ITA: she does need other things to think about. sounds shallow to me. Not to be rude but from other things I’ve read, her daughter sounds a bit pampered to me?!

Sam & Freya's Mum on

I agree. She does sound OTT for a 2nd b’day party!, jeez, the kid won’t remember it way being that young, lol and does’t need outrageous material things, I personally hope she goes for lowkey, teach her daughter money’s not everything, but being a celebrity has the resources as mehntioned so probably not! We found our son got into his b’day really at 3 and more so his 4th b’day and others we know did the same, more of a big deal from 3 or 4 onwards when they understand & they enjoy themselves with their little friends. Fushia, ITA: she does need other things to think about. sounds shallow to me. Not to be rude but from other things I’ve read, her daughter sounds a bit pampered to me?!

Sam & Freya's Mum on

I agree. She does sound OTT for a 2nd b’day party!, jeez, the kid won’t remember it way being that young, lol and does’t need outrageous material things, I personally hope she goes for lowkey, teach her daughter money’s not everything, but being a celebrity has the resources as mehntioned so probably not! We found our son got into his b’day really at 3 and more so his 4th b’day and others we know did the same, more of a big deal from 3 or 4 onwards when they understand & they enjoy themselves with their little friends. Fushia, ITA: she does need other things to think about. sounds shallow to me. Not to be rude but from other things I’ve read, her daughter sounds a bit pampered to me?!

MZ on

I guess at least she’s trying to come up with a balance? Some of the celebrity kid birthday parties on this site are outrageous! But I do agree with the above posters…I think she’s trying a little too hard to be relateable. Yah, we all want to make our kids happy, but especially during the current economic times, most of us don’t have a ton of $ to just throw around.

SweetDiva on

My kids don’t get a very fancy party until they are 5. At that age they have school friends to invite and they can participate more in the planning. Those early years are really just for family and a couple of tots from the playgroup. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense to splash out on something the child won’t even remember.

XOXO on

How exciting!! I love planning birthday parties (and babyshowers lol) I think we should be able to spend as much as we want (and can afford) we shouldn’t have to explain ourselves to anyone and we shouldn’t have to apologize for having more money and be able to spend more than others. I usually always give my daughter a nice birthday party with friends and family, I have done it since she was 1..she might not remember but I DO! and when she grows up I will tell her about it and show her the video and the pictures!

XOXO

Sarah K. on

This is a celebrity baby blog, so all of the parents/kids featured here do have a lot of money. This isn’t a shock. They obviously don’t have the same kinds of problems us regular people have. But, she shouldn’t have to shut her mouth just because someone somewhere who reads the interview has bigger issues. It’s not like she’s bragging about her wealth to your face. And, this is Ali’s only child so it’s not really uncommon for her to be planning every detail of a birthday party. She has more time and money to focus on this so that’s what she’s doing.

Morgan on

Couldn’t have said it better myself, Sarah K. Sometimes it seems people comment simply to ridicule celebs for spending money they’ve earned. It isn’t a hardship for them and if thought of in terms relative to their income, isn’t that expensive. But it’s a pattern in society to build people up and then tear them down. If you want to feel bitter about these people spending this kind of money in this economic climate, maybe take a glance in the mirror. You, the consumer, have created their lifestyle. You, the celeb-following public, have created the demand. So who are you really upset with?

fuschia on

Personally I totally disagree with you Sarah K. I am sorry but I find it repulsive that bleeding children are dying in their mothers arms in Sri Lanka for want of medical attention or crowded in makeshift refugee camps while Ali Landry (whoever she is) worries about exactly how many celebrity freebies she can snaffle without seeming over-indulgent and thus “un-relateable” to her viewing audience for whatever it is she does. And I think she does need to get a grip and find something real to be “stressed-out” about. As do I on occassion and I say the same things to myself.

Mary on

i believe she did the whole pageant, modeling circuit, and tv show hosting thing for a while before going into acting. but the show she was on has been canceled for quite some time now, so (no offense) i’m not seeing how she’s still some type of A-lister. to that extent, just have some cake and fun at home and call it a day. she’s turning 2. trust me, she won’t remember a thing, so why stress. at 4, 5, and beyond, then yes i can see fretting over the party, b/c those she will remember. but it’s too soon to start turning your house into a 3 ring circus over a 2 yr old who will be too young to understand and probably overwhelmed by it all anyways. nothing to do with how much one’s disposable income is. it’s a child birthday, not the pope visiting.

annie on

Well said Fuschia.

SH on

yeah, Fuschia. Totally agree with you…

BTW, I love your name (if that’s your name). I wanted to name my baby girl Fuschia – I think it’s so cute and different!…but it didn’t happen.

If that’s your name, do you ever have problems with it? (if you don’t mind me asking…don’t answer if you do)

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