Eric Lembo and Trang Nguyen Spend More Than $40K For Little Girl’s Party

Eric Lembo and Trang Nguyen spent about $50,000 on a birthday party for their three-year-old daughter Lauren. Almost immediately after details about the third birthday party – and the hefty price tag hit the internet, the story went viral and sparked intense backlash. The Perth, Australia couple has steadfastly defended spending more than $40k on Lauren’s extravagant party.

Trang Nguyen and Eric Lembo reportedly hired former Australian Idol contestant Courtney Murphy to entertain their three-year-old daughter Lauren and her 220 guests. A life-sized Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, a balloon artist, photo booth, and “fairy floss” station were also part of the $50,000 third birthday party festivities.

$40k for little girl's party
Eric Lembo and Trang Nguyen with daughter Lauren. Australian couple spent more than $40k for little girl’s party.

Eric Lembo and Trang Nguyen also reportedly spent $3,000 on a photographer, $10,000 on decorations for the third birthday party, and nearly $20,000 on edibles and staff. Lembo runs the riverfront reception center Caversham House.

“It’s my industry, so if anyone can throw an impressive party it will be me,” Eric Lembo said. “The day wasn’t all about the money. It was about Lauren, family and friends and it was also about marketing the venue that I own. I am going to inject more money back into the community next year, for Lauren’s fourth birthday.”

The menu at the extravagant party thrown by Eric Lembo and Nguyen reportedly featured a menu comprised of tempura scallops, truffle arancini, pork belly, paella, wood fired pizza and oysters, and multiple bottles of Remy Martin XO Cognac. The booze reportedly retails for about $200 a bottle.

The Australian parents told the media that in both Italian and the Vietnamese cultures big birthday parties for young children are the norm and they were merely attempting to further such a tradition by throwing a more than $40k third birthday party for their daughter. Lauren’s second birthday party was reportedly equally extravagant.

Eric Lembo reportedly told the media that he routinely donates to charity and feels the nearly $50,000 birthday party helps bolster the local economy. The Australian businessman reportedly hosted a wedding for a terminally ill cancer patient and aided with a fundraiser for victim of the Victoria bush fires.

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