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Where kids birthday parties are at today

Not every kid wants to have a clown cameo at his or her birthday party past a certain age, but this may have less to do with getting older than some of us may think. Times are a-changing, and what's hot in terms of kids birthday parties is as much of a moving target as anything else.

"Home-based parties have all but expunged musical chairs and pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey from the birthday-bash scene," NYMag.com reports. "Broadway-caliber magician[s] bring revamped fairy-tale shows to the party, complete with scenery, costumes, and very cool prestidigitation. Kids go home with a goody bag of magic tricks they can do themselves."

Current taste is more in favor of creative activities than kitschy games, which means less bingo and more pottery painting, monster building and cake decorating.

Kids birthday party favors should jibe accordingly, as there's no better gift to give a child than an opportunity for them to channel their creativity. Decorate your own princess tiara party favors tend to go over well with the little ladies, while boys may be more of the persuasion of decorate your own train party favors. If you had something a bit more gender-neutral in mind, consider what fun a decorate your own piggy bank party favor would be.