88. A Kid's Party for Adults
Not all kids' birthday parties in the U.S.
created equal. Sometimes it seems like the birthday
are about showing off and entertaining the parents
kids in addition to children.
Most children's birthday
are held in the home of the birthday
or girl. It used to be that children's
were just for children. Parents would drop their
off and come back when the party was
to bring them home. Now it is more
for the parents of guests to stay for
party as well. This gives the adults time
space to socialize while the kids play games.
and adults don't always have the same tastes
food. So when adults are invited to stay
a child's birthday party, there is usually fancier
for the adults like cheese, crackers, and fruit
. Meanwhile the kids eat hot dogs and potato
. While the children drink punch, juice, or soda,
parents may be sipping cocktails, beer, or wine.
for a party of mixed adults and children
goes beyond the usual clown or magician. Sometimes
will be a DJ, and the adults will
. Party games are not just for the kids,
. While the children play traditional games like pin
tail on the donkey, the adults may play
-type games like blackjack or poker.
Not everyone likes
trend of adults and children partying together. Some
that the parties should be kept separate. Some
worry about adults getting drunk in front of
kids. Others worry about kids getting abused by
they don't know. For others, it is just
allowing a kid to have their special day.
is also a concern that these mixed parties
a sense of competition among parents in a