DOTING parents have blown a staggering £7,215 on their son’s first birthday party – despite the fact he won’t even remember the special day.
Software analysts Anil and Radhika Chintamaneni spent seven months organising the jaw-droppingly lavish bash for their son, Gian Chetan, now 15 months.
PA Real Life Doting parents Anil and Radhika Chintamaneni have spent more than £7,000 on their son’s first birthday party
He was also presented with a stylish child-sized ride on red Audi A3.
Speaking of the February 25 extravaganza, which featured magicians, stilt-walkers, a henna tattooist and decorative thrones, Radhika, 34, of Johannesburg, South Africa, said: “We always planned to just have one baby, so we knew before he was even in my tummy that his first birthday would be a grand event.
“He’s too little to understand at the moment, but we took about 800 pictures to show him when he’s older.
“We want him to see how happy he was that day, and how much his mum and dad love him.
“He had so much fun and was smiling and playing all day. He didn’t cry once. Seeing him so happy made it worth every penny we spent.”
PA Real Life Mum Radhika said they had always planned on throwing a lavish celebration
Anil, 38, explained that, being originally from India, it was traditional to have a big first birthday celebration.
He added: “It’s part of our culture for a child’s first birthday to be a real landmark.
“We saw it as celebrating the gift of our baby from God.”
Virtually as soon as little Gian Chetan arrived into the world, his parents set about organising his first birthday.
Scouring the internet, they eventually came across Outlandish Events, a luxury events service based in Johannesburg, and enlisted their help.
Together, they decided on a royal theme and began meticulously planning everything from the colour scheme to the entertainment.
“Everything was co-ordinated. We even matched what we wore on the day,” Anil added.
PA Real Life Gian Chetan, now 15 months, was treated to a ride on Audi A3
After picking their venue – The View, a boutique hotel set on top of a stunning hillside in Johannesburg – the couple worked tirelessly for months to make their son’s day perfect.
Upon arrival, the 200 guests were greeted by Mickey Mouse and handed welcome drinks, before heading in to the main party room, which was decked out with around 100 balloons, as well as a 3D flower wall.
Two royal blue thrones were placed on a stage, next to a giant, ornate plaque, bearing Gian Chetan’s initials.
“We also had a magician and stilt walkers for the children, chocolate fountains, cakes everywhere and even a tattooist – doing henna tattoos, not permanent ones,” Anil said.
PA Real Life Outlandish Events, a luxury events service based in Johannesburg, helped to organise the big day
Given a taste for party planning, the couple are hoping to organise another ‘no-expense-spared’ bash for Gian Chetan, when he is old enough to remember it.
Anil said: “Perhaps we’ll do one on his third and fifth birthdays, so he’ll be a little older and know what’s going on.”
He added: “I don’t think they’ll be as a big as the first, though. We still want him to have an amazing day, but things will wind down from here.
“We had a great time planning everything and making it special this time round. It was a day fit for a prince.”
Proud mum Radhika recalled how guests at Gian Chetan’s celebration said they had “never been to a party like it”.
She said: “The view from the venue was amazing and we had great weather, too.
PA Real Life A plaque welcoming guests to the party
PA Real Life Little Gian Chetan had a whale of a time – even though he won’t remember it
“Anil and I are quite creative, so we loved the process of planning the party and coming up with ideas.
“Outlandish Events were fantastic, too. They exceeded our expectations.
“Everything went smoothly, it was a wonderful day.
“I think we’ll definitely have another when Gian Chetan is old enough.”
She added: “As we’ve only got the one child, we can afford to make a big fuss of him.
“We always want the best for him and can’t wait for him to see what a happy day he had when he’s big enough to look back on photos.”
PA Real Life Proud mum Radhika recalled how guests at Gian Chetan’s celebration said they had ‘never been to a party like it’