Tori Spelling Throws Daughter Tea-Party Birthday, Ordinary Parents Get In on Big Birthday Act

Actress Tori Spelling threw her eldest daughter, Stella, a tea-party themed party for the girl's fourth birthday this weekend, and it looked like it was taken right from the pages of a fairy tale.

Spelling, who is pregnant with her fourth child, posted pictures of the celebration on her website, posting that she was under "strict orders" to throw a pink and purple tea event that would be fit for a princess.

"I took a look at Stella's party and to me that was Stella," Jes Gordon, a celebrity party planner and author of "Party Like a Rock Star," told "Good Morning America" in an interview that aired today. "It was awesome. Every little detail really described who she is as a beautiful, feminine little girl who loves to host, loves to have a tea party and loves to have fun."

Stella's guests mingled with people dressed up like popular characters from Disney's movies, including Belle and Cinderella. The tables were decorated with fresh pink and purple flowers, and the tea cups matched.

"This takes a lot of time and effort," Gordon said. "You're showing a lot of love for your kid when you do this.

Throwing such parties for a child really puts him or her "on the map," Gordon added. "It's not only about the money. It's expressing what their personality is."

Spelling, 39, who has three children with husband Dean McDermott, gained fame when she starred as Donna Martin in the teen drama "Beverly Hills, 90210." She is known for throwing extravagant, breathtaking parties for her children.

But such lavish celebrations aren't just for reality-TV show divas or TV stars anymore.

Nowadays, ordinary mothers and fathers are shelling out big bucks to throw their young children the birthday parties of their dreams. It's the subject of a TLC reality-TV show, "Outrageous Kids Parties."

One couple featured on the show threw their soon-to-be-6-year-old daughter, Gracie, a fairy tale fantasy birthday party. They spared no expense.

In addition to giving Gracie spa treatments the day before the event, they got her a custom-made cake. And the bash featured 42 centerpieces, 2,000 flowers and 300 costumes.

The price tag for the extravaganza: $32,000.

"The average mom should not be competing with Tori Spelling at all," Gordon said. "The average mom should throw something that expresses who her child is.

"Get to know who your child is, what makes them happy, and then blow it out for them on this very special day."

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