Harper’s £50k birthday party
Monday 25 June 2012
She has a wardrobe to die for, superstar parents and is rapidly clocking up airmiles on private jets, so Harper Beckham’s first birthday promises to be as showbiz as they come.
And Closer can reveal that her parents Victoria and David plan to splash out around £50,000 on a lavish party for her first birthday in July.
A source says: “There are no half measures in Hollywood – Victoria is pulling out the stops. It’s going to be an A-list event.”
Pals say Posh – who often Tweets about Harper’s outfits – has spent weeks looking for the perfect dress for her daughter to wear, and is planning a totally pink day. A pal says: “She’s spending around £50,000. The garden will be filled with big pink cuddly toys, pony rides, a bouncy castle, balloons and tons of cupcakes. It’ll be totally pink. It sounds odd, but she’s even hiring special dyed-pink rabbits!
“They haven’t had a house party since they got their Beverly Hills mansion totally renovated, so they wanted a big celebration to show that off too.
“The guests will be all the Hollywood parents and kids – Victoria often has playdates with other celeb mums such as Selma Blair and Nicole Richie. And obviously Posh’s best friend, Harper’s godmother Eva Longoria, will be there. Harper will get some amazing gifts.”
Harper’s birthday has her competing with the offspring of other celebs who’ve thrown extravagant parties. In January, Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick created a petting zoo at their California home for son Mason’s cowboy-themed second birthday party, while Gwen Stefani splashed out on son Kingston’s fourth birthday in 2010 – inviting 100 people and putting on candyfloss machines and actors dressed as superheroes.
But it’s Suri Cruise who leads the way for über-extravagant birthday celebrations. On her second birthday in 2008, her cake alone cost $5,000 (£3,180). When she turned three, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise laid on goodie bags containing 18 carat gold and silver cupcake and bird necklaces for their guests. And while celebrations for her fifth birthday last year were relatively tame with a tea party, dad Tom is said to have boosted her trust fund by $5million (£3.1million).
Sources say Victoria, 38, initially wanted a smaller party, but plans have snowballed.
A pal says: “The party will be before Harper’s actual birthday on 10 July, as on the day they’ll be in the UK where they’ll have a small celebration.
“It started off so simple, with Victoria thinking it’d be cute to throw a party with all her friends. But with the excuse of a housewarming and Independence Day on 4 July coming up, it escalated into a proper showbiz bash.”
By Amy Swales