The latest trend in kids' birthday parties? The gift-free birthday party. On the NYT website last week, an article discussing a new kind of birthday party - no gifts, just a donation to charity. At Gavin Brown's birthday party (that is Gavin, above, second from the left), guests brought donations for the Cranford Fire Department - $240.00 in all.
"No Gift" parties as a way of introducing philanthropy to children at a young age? Some people don't like it. Miss Manners is quoted as pointing out that it isn't polite to spend other people's money that way, and wonders if equating birthdays to philanthropy might backfire for some kids. We wonder why not have a real 'No Gift' party and not require guests to bring anything at all?
What do you think of the birthday party charity event? Genius idea, flash-in-the-pan trend, worst idea you have ever heard? Would you throw a party like this for your kids?
Photo Credit: Sylwia Kapuscinski for The New York Times