One of the things I'm working on right now features a kid's birthday party, so imagine my happiness at finding Birthdays Without Pressure (via). The whole question of kid birthday parties is such a minefield, apparently, that you can't get parents to share their experiences but you can get them to anonymously rank their states. I think Connecticut is lowballed, actually.
I also like their examples of extreme parties, which invokes one of my guiltiest of guilty pleasures, My Super Sweet 16. There is a DVD box set for that show and I have to say...I lingered at the display in Target. I even picked it up and read the back. But there are some places where even I cannot go.
Totally unrelated, Rebecca Curtis talks about "Sea Oak." If you've ever heard me idiot-babble about that story, read this for a good translation.