From the October 2016 issue

What’s In & Out with Kids Birthdays

Home parties or at a venue? Over-the-top or understated? Presents or no? Here's some fun with what's trending in kids' parties, explained by local parents.

Remember the days when the height of sophistication for a 5-year-old’s birthday party was yellow plastic benches, Happy Meals and cardboard Ronald McDonald hats? When the only entertainment you needed was the free outdoor play structure in the shadow of the golden arches?