My mother did this with me and I'll be doing it to my daughter when she gets older.
I'm only going to have birthday parties until my daughter's 6 years old.
After that just a dinner with a couple of friends cake, games, and no need for gifts.
Her sweet 16 will be different. But I'll be saving money, I mean isn't a birthday supposed to be celebrating the day you were born? I think kids nowadays spend way to much on birthday's. and then they get spoiled. ↓