Birthday parties are a significant revenue source for most entertainment facilities, often accounting for 20% or more of revenues. We couldn't resist passing on to you a recent commentary on birthday parties titled The Patent-Leather Boot of Tyranny by Meghan Cox Gurdon that appeared in National Review. It begins, "Is there any more oppressive American institution than birthday parties for children? Any greater sign of abject servitude of modern parents? I can't think of anything, unless you want to bring up school tuition, and that is going up nicely all by itself, thank you very much."
You can read the entire commentary at National
Review Online (PDF copy).