Tori Spelling, deep in debt, threw a huge party for her daughter with ponies


Tori Spelling knows how it looks to the press when she throws lavish parties. We know that she realizes how ridiculous it is because she threw an Easter party for her kids and didn’t hire photographers nor did she Instagram it. We only know about it because drone photos taken above her huge rental home show that she had a giant bounce house in her backyard. Tori is deep in debt after the IRS seized her bank accounts. She also owes money to the state of California and is being sued by several creditors for outstanding loans and unpaid credit card bills. So she knows what she’s doing and surely she’s making some money back by accepting freebies in exchange for advertising and by selling the photos. Like her trip to Europe last summer I doubt she makes enough to cover expenses though, but that’s Tori. That’s how she got in this mess in the first place. Here’s People’s report:

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott‘s financial woes didn’t prevent them from hosting a whimsical and lavish birthday bash for their eldest daughter, Stella.

The proud parents organized a unicorn-themed 9th birthday party for their second oldest child on Saturday. Spelling, 44, and McDermott, 50, who married in 2006, welcomed their friends and family to a fun celebration, complete with unicorn horn headbands.

Also in attendance were the couple’s four other children: Liam, 10, Hattie, 5, Finn, 4, and 4-month-old Beau. McDermott is also dad to 18-year-old son Jack.

In photos obtained by E! News, guests, including 90210 costar Jennie Garth, Tori’s mother Candy Spelling and her brother Randy Spelling, were also treated to face painting, pony rides, piñatas and an elaborately decorated birthday cake.

Tori and Stella, whose birthday is June 9, have been celebrating her birth month with all things unicorn. Stella received a one-of-a-kind unicorn milkshake creation and a large unicorn-themed donut cake.

[From People]

People ran this story with the background on Tori’s extensive money problems. E! ran it without a mention of any of that, so I would presume Tori sold them the story and photos, similar to how E! had the exclusive photos from that bizarre gender reveal party she had for her baby this Christmas, complete with a color-coded tree. Tori is all about selling her personal life, although given the way she spends and the return on investment it’s clear that the numbers aren’t working in her favor. That’s ok though, she’s counting on Candy to bail her out at some point only Candy seems to be holding out for the time being. Maybe Candy paid for this birthday party, just like she paid for the $40k baby shower for little Beau. I’m sure Dean’s ex wife, Mary Jo Eustace, would prefer that Candy pay some of the thousands in back child support Dean owes her instead of throwing big parties for their kids.

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  1. Megan says:

    Candy needs to stop enabling Tori by bailing her out. Tori needs treatment for compulsive spending.

    • Neelyo says:

      Tori would only get treatment for compulsive spending if she could do it on television and get paid for it so she could spend more money.

    • FLORC says:

      I thought candy tried that before. Cutting tori off, but the lesson wasn’t learned and she got into worse debt. Candy stepped in to make sure her grandchildren were cared for, but tori and Dean were cutting contact. Years of this drama cut short… candy has to fund them if she wants to see her grandkids and know they’re ok.

    • TQB says:

      I suspect that the “Candy has all the money” bit is just fraud at this point; it allows Tori to skate on tons of bills but in reality, Tori can have whatever money she wants.

      • FLORC says:

        there was a lot of talk when Aaron spelling passed. That tori and candy were already not close. That tori would get a lot , but candy would take the bulk. I believe tori couldn’t be trusted with much and has a limited concept of value earning spending.

    • swak says:

      She needs a big dose of Dave Ramsey.

    • sendepause says:

      Clearly, Tori doesn´t want to get better with money, so therapy would be pointless and just another waste of money.

  2. HK9 says:

    You know, you can throw an amazing party without spending that much. Whatever is going on here, whether Candy bails her out or not ( I think she’s going to have to at this point) girl has got to deal with her money issues because the problem is not the money but the way she deals with it. If she got 20 million tomorrow, she’s still be broke in a few years. Tori needs to grow up and realize the she’s the only one who can really sort this out.

    • ArchieGoodwin says:

      Of course she could, it’s called the Dollar Store. Decorations, treat bags, even gifts (the store near us has some nice things now, not at all cheap-like).

      If only she’d lower her standards (eyeroll).

    • jwoolman says:

      She was advertising the businesses that provided the expensive stuff. My bet is that she got them for free in return. It’s basically product placement stuff, the kind of thing the Kardashians do a lot, for example. The businesses figure the direct advertising to their followers on various social media and people who watch their tv shows is more than worth it to them.

      She better be careful, though. She’s setting a precedent that she might not be able to keep up with the younger children.

      Tori is quite capable of making a cake etc. herself with a unicorn theme. The fact that she didn’t suggests it was a business transaction.

    • Joy says:

      Girl you could give Tori 100 mil and she would be broke by 2018.

  3. PettyRiperton says:

    Tori better pray her mother lives for the next 50 years because when Candy goes, she will go through her inheritance in a year. Then what?

    • Whatabout says:

      I have a theory that Candy will leave most of it to charity and the rest to the grand kids.

      • imqrious2 says:

        And that, most likely in an Irrevocable Trust, with someone *else* as Trustee… and the kids (at an age, specified in the Will) will be able to draw on the interest, but not the principle. This is pretty much the only way their parents won’t be able to take it over (unless the kids give it to them).

      • Lucy2 says:

        I hope so. All of that money could do a lot of charities a lot of good, and her grandchildren’s education would be taken care of. Anything going to her daughter would be flat out wasted.

    • Rachel says:

      I seriously doubt Candy’s estate is set up so Tori receives anything. If I had to guess, it’s probably all going into a trust, controlled by attorneys, for her grandchildren.

  4. RBC says:

    Maybe it is just me but if I was in trouble with the IRS, I would want to lead a more lowkey life. They don’t play, Tori and Dean are in for a hard slap from reality. Candy may be paying for the care and education of her grandchildren, but she may not want to bail out Tori for the financial mess she got herself into. Also where is Tori getting money to pay for all those storage lockers?

  5. Goats on the Roof says:

    Did the IRS and State of California get all they’re owed when they seized Tori’s accounts? If not, Tori should tread lightly. This country locks people up for not paying their tax bill.

    • HeidiM says:

      might be the only way those 2 morons will stop making babies and racking up more debt.

  6. Pumpkin Pie says:

    “McDermott is also dad to 18-year-old son Jack”. This should be included every.time. his kids with Victoria are brought up.

    • ArchieGoodwin says:

      He has another kid too? yikes

      I didn’t understand that milkshake cake thing. It looked gross, tbh.

      I cannot imagine the stress of owing so much money. I freak every april, when taxes are due. One year we lacked the funds and had to make payments, it was terrible. We did it, unlike Tori.

      • Carol says:

        Yes, archiegoodwin, and he was in the process of adopting a second baby when he dumped his wife for Tori. Mary Jo almost lost her daughter, but was finally able to continue a single adoption. As for Jack, Dean is thousands behind on child support, and the IRS took Jack’s bank account holding the money Jack earned from his summer jobs when they confiscated Tori and Dean’s accounts because their names were on it. So Jack has been bearing the brunt of their lavish lifestyle.

      • Whatabout says:

        Yeah the IRS doesn’t play. I didn’t realize when I was 18 that I had to pay if it was like a couple of thousand dollars I made, but yeah the IRS came after me for 200 dollars. It was scary.

      • Izzy says:

        OMFG, I did NOT realize the IRS seized Jack’s money too. How does Dean McDimwit even show his face in public? How is he not ashamed enough at this point to go work at Walmart, FFS, to repkace that money? The world in general would have so much more respect for him if he did.

  7. Deanne says:

    Children don’t need lavish birthday parties, especially considering their dire financial situation. What about Jack, the son Dean owes two years of child support? He just graduated from high school with honours. No lavish party for him? They make me sick and Tori is modelling horrible behaviour for her children. Aren’r the IRS, American Express and their bank all over them right now too? You’d think she would want to tone things down. I doubt that the IRS would look kindly on lavish parties being thrown by someone with a huge tax lien. She’s in complete denial and I feel zero sympathy for her or her scum husband.

    • Christin says:

      Mary Jo may have caved to his begging, but the tax collector is a completely different story. I recall more than one famous person having their property (and I mean down to every little what-not) seized/sold to satisfy tax debt.

      • imqrious2 says:

        Perhaps this is why they’ve only rented homes, and never owned them? I’m surprised though that the IRS/State tax collectors haven’t seized those storage lockers where she’s said (many times!) that she has TONS of *very* expensive items that she binge-shops. You’d think that, after the bank accounts, would be taken to auction off for the rest of the amount due.

      • Christin says:

        I don’t know if they are more flexible now with working out payment plans and such, but the storage locker contents may be sold to the highest bidder before this ends. She’s living in a bubble if she thinks they won’t attempt to get the money owed.

  8. Barbcat says:

    Her children, unlike Tori, won’t have a rich parent to bail them out. And Tori is raising them to be extravagant spenders, just like herself. They are broke yet living like rich people. Sigh. I feel sorry for these kids.

    • megan says:

      Exactly! I was thinking the same thing – they are modeling horrible, irresponsible behavior to their children.

  9. Anna says:

    I never got why Candy created the monster that is Spendthrift-Tori and then pulled the rug out from under the monster she created by screwing her on the Spelling inheritance. She raised her to spend spend spend. Candy IS responsible for the mess. Now Candy is doing the same thing to Tori’s kids. Spoil them with nonsense they don’t need while the bills go unpaid. She pays their rent and food bills and for the kids’ school, a simple cake and ice cream family party with a couple of friends would be the appropriate party for a family struggling financially. Or get a coupon and take the child and a friend to Santa Monica Pier to ride the rides unlimited for $25 with coupon. It’s a great day and you can pack a lunch and bring a cake (homemade with a unicorn theme $15). Once they burn out on the rides, picnic on the beach.

    • Alisha says:

      Was it all Candy though? Tori has a brother who isn’t like this. He is successful on his own and lives a very low key life away from LA. Tori clearly has a lot of issues.

      • Bethy says:

        I have an actress acquaintance who is friends with Randy. He’s a nice guy with a stable family but he was always Candy’s favorite as Tori was her fathers. Apparently Randy and Tori are as different as night and day.

      • Annetommy says:

        Siblings can be treated very differently by parents. There’s no guarantee they will be similar.

    • Izzy says:

      Because Candy is exactly the same, and probably doesn’t recognize her role in creating this monster. She’s probably wringing her hands going ‘Where did I go wrong, I’m able to spend without going bankrupt!’

    • Carol says:

      Candy didn’t screw her over on the inheritance. Tori got exactly what she was entitled to under Aaron’s will. Candy isn’t screwing up the grandchildren either. She isn’t planning these massive parties, nor is she forcing Tori to keep everything she has ever touched in rented storage space. Tori has no one to blame but herself.

    • swak says:

      Tori is an adult and at some point needs to act like one. I have a daughter (not on the same elaborate scale) that would spend beyond her means. She and her husband took a course by Dave Ramsey and have turned their financial life around.

      • Pumpkin Pie says:

        I don’t know if I am right, but I get some Leann and Eddiot vibes, except Victoria and McDermot have a bunch of kids. It’s like Victoria is trying to buy his love/affection/I give you everything but don’t leave me kind of thing. But then, what are Eddiot and McDermot don’t seem to do anything for a living but spend money. Leann and Victoria are stupid for holding on to them. It’s not only women that can leech off men, it’s the same the other way around in some cases.
        Both Victoria and Leann seem extremely, but extremely immature and oblivious to how the real world works.
        And oh, they were both married when they hooked up with their respective current husbands.

  10. Mia4s says:

    I wonder how much longer they have until the older kids figure out these big events are sponsored and/or sold to magazines and/or auditions for reality shows? Mommy and Daddy are happily pimping out their lives and childhoods for cash money. And they’d be doing it a hell of a lot more if people cared! How depressing.

    Well of course one will say they’ll just follow along like those Jenner kids but…well… I want to tread lightly here as these are children but they are pretty clearly not…genetically Hollywood-appealing…shall we say. They’re cute yes, but I think you know what I mean. Oh this will all result in disaster soon enough.

  11. sendepause says:

    Why do companies even want sponsored content from Tori? Her photos make those milkshake and donut thingies look unappetizing.

  12. JRenee says:

    If kid related, maybe Candy pays for it, especially if Tori can convince her that selling the photos will earn income. Otherwise where does the $ come from? How do they pay rent? Maybe mom pays that too to keep a roof over the kids heads.
    Tori is in need of serious deprograming and Dean is an enabler.

    • kayleigh says:

      I always thought that’s why does she keep having more?! I always figured her mom will support the grand babies, but not her.

  13. kayleigh says:

    I hope to one day have 5+ kids and throw lavish parties, while being audited. Carefree af

    So lets say, goodness forbid, something horrible happened to the parents of this brood of children, what kind of life will they have? When is she planning to make enough money to help support her children later in their lives, like her father did?

    Stop being selfish and think about your children’s future.

    • Christin says:

      They will have memories of extravagant parties and ‘one-of-a-kind’ unicorn milkshake creations. The doughnut and milkshake make my ninth-grade home ec culinary efforts look magnificient, by comparison.

      I think she’s obviously lacking real-world judgment and is delusional about where her choices have gotten her. Sad situation for all the kids involved.

  14. AnnaKist says:

    It’s almost 2am here, and I’m watching reruns of “Frasier”, interspersed with repetitive ads for a debt management service. If anyone ever needed MyBudget, it’s Tori Spelling… He’s a bludger who needs to get a job -any job. It’s detrimental for children to see their parent/s not out working.

  15. Pandy says:

    I’m betting Candy paid for it. Stella looks cute – I hope she enjoyed her party. I feel sorry for those kids. I hope they get something left to them in the will! They’re going to need it.

  16. attackofthekb says:

    While I do dislike Tori and Dean, why do you think it’s Candy’s job to pay child support for Dean’s children with his exes?

  17. Snowpea says:

    WTF? Those cake/donut things look disgusting. Here in Australia at kids parties, we have healthy kids cakes like banana cake and chocolate cake, not these disgusting things full of fake colouring/preservatives etc. Or maybe thats just the kids parties we go to….

  18. Baltimom says:

    Unicorn party or pay the bills? Hmmm. When I turned 16, one of my sisters was going through chemo and my parents were pinching every last penny to pay the bills. I opted for no party and I have no regrets about it. And I was 16. Tori can’t figure this out at 44. She needs serious help.

  19. Sadie Marie says:

    This makes me wonder about those “influencers” you see on Instagram. Like I am aware they get paid/comped free stuff but you still need to pay to live the lifestyle people want to copy am I right???

  20. Lucy2 says:

    Apparently she also had money to go get that terrible haircut and dye job.

  21. flybaby says:

    Am I the only one freaked out that drones flew over her house and took pics of her easter party? No wonder she sells the pics herself

  22. nicegirl says:

    I am always struck by how unhappy the children look in every photo, especially the family pics. No fancy party will fix an unhappy family.