Christina Webb plays coy when asked exactly how much she spent on the circus-themed soiree that landed her family on the TLC television show Outrageous Kid Parties.
Five figures is all you'll get out of the Ashland mom of four. Her agreement with the show also prevents her from saying when the party was filmed, although she confesses that despite her best efforts she couldn't secure an elephant and had to settle for a camel.
The one-humped wonder, aerialists, fire eaters, stilt walkers and jugglers who filled the National Armory in Ashland will be featured in Tuesday's finale of the show, which has lived up to its name this season.
The party taping began with a phone call.
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"We got a call from our agent," Webb said. The family has an agent because the youngest of the Webb children, Jasmine, 7, aka Jazzy, already has made her mark on reality TV.
She was featured last summer in an episode of TLC's reality show about child beauty pageants, Toddlers & Tiaras. It was the Toddlers turn that helped the Webbs get the call from the Outrageous producers.
Webb said she didn't have a party planned when they called, but she jumped at the chance to throw an over-the-top shindig.
She had wanted to have a big party for her oldest son, Garrett, when he turned 13. He preferred to hang out with friends in the basement. "It broke my heart," she said.
Given a new reason to go big, she decided to celebrate by combining the fetes for Jazzy and her brother Carson, 8.
There was a party planner involved initially, said Webb, but she quit. "I don't know why," Webb said. Webb took over the details for the party, which essentially was an open invitation to anyone who wanted to watch the Cincinnati Circus Co. in action.
"It just kept getting larger and larger," she said. "If you've got an entire circus coming you want to share it."
Webb, a dentist, said that although these shows don't often present the families in the most positive light, she's not worried. She just hopes to give her kids an experience of a lifetime.
Now, if that leads to other opportunities, so be it. Jazzy has recorded songs that will be playing on Kentucky radio stations this week. She and Carson will be modeling for a clothing line soon.
Is she a stage mom? Webb said she's not sure what that means.
Jazzy loves the spotlight, she said. "She wants to be in the center of things.
"Of course everyone wants their child to be noticed and very popular and whatnot," she said, adding that she doesn't push Jazzy. "I wouldn't mind for her to be a star."