But I'm also still a little unsure about how I'd like to celebrate it with friends. Should I make everyone come with me to paint some pottery? But that gets expensive and then you have to go back to pick up your masterpiece. I can't do anything at my house, since my best friend is allergic to my kitties. Should I make everyone go to the park and ride the carousel and sit at a picnic table and eat cake? But then you're opening yourself up to be subjected to wandering mariachi bands (no, I'm not sure why they solicit people at the park for money, but it is very awkward to tell them that you're uninterested and make them go away.). I'm leaning the most towards having everybody meet up for brunch at this nice restaurant that overlooks the valley, where you can sit for hours outside (or inside, but why would you?) eating delicious buffet foods (served with champagne! That way you know it's fancy.), which is also a little expensive, but has the added bonus of being time-flexible, which is a serious plus in a terrible traffic town like this.
So I'd like to solicit your opinions. What's the most fun birthday party you've ever attended, either your own or a friend's?