Some moms throw a birthday party away from home. Charlotte Bellas, of Dunmore, Pennsylvania, held her child's first birthday at a favorite pizza place, and since it was close to Easter, she hired an Easter bunny. "Good food, entertainment, and we didn't have to clean up the mess!" she says.
Eve Longlade, of Montclair, New Jersey, invited a small number of friends and family to her daughter's first birthday party at American Girl Place in New York City, which has a restaurant with fanciful kids' meals. "She'll never remember it, but all the guests had a wonderful time. It really felt like a milestone," Longlade says.