Birthday Party Ideas Even a Parent Could Love

3 Ways to Put Some Bash into Your Party

birthday parties!

You vaguely remember a time when “party” meant a three-cocktail minimum and sky-high heels. These days, it’s more about juice boxes and sugar highs.

Try turning your tot’s birthday bash into an all-ages crowd-pleaser.

Spice It Up
Ditch the ketchup-with-a-side-of-hot-dog plate and host a build-your-own buffet with Runaway Cart Catering (213-820-4039 or hewhohasnoname@hotmail.com). Owner and chef Edward Ferry makes quesadillas and tacos on demand from an exhaustive array of tot- and adult-friendly ingredients — meaning you can go five alarm while Mr. Picky sticks with cheese.

Spike the Punch
Replace the sheet cake with double-duty treats from Swizzle Cakes. The new, delivery-only bakery sweetens the pot with alcohol-infused bites (strawberry margarita, lemon drop) for the parental units, while kidlets nosh on flavors designated for the under-21 set (root beer float, Shirley Temple).

Knock ’Em Out
Hours of action equals long afternoon naps. Rent a bouncy house from the pros at Party Pronto. Fancy-pants options include ball pits, slides, and obstacle courses. All of which guarantee a good night’s sleep.

And that’s the greatest gift of all.

this week in los angeles!

Little Tots Pop-Up Shop

What: Save up to 75 percent on modern baby brands — from old faves (Skip Hop, BabyBjörn) to local finds (Joah Love, Wildfox Kids).
Why: Sip, snack, and load your haul into a free reusable tote from Hoopla.
When: Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: ADBD, 8246 Beverly Blvd., b/t N. Sweetzer & N. Harper Aves. (323-272-4900).

Cut Arts Silhouette Portrait Event

What: Memorialize Mother’s Day with a custom cameo of you and your mini, done by master artist Karl Johnson.
Why: Kinder than photos, cheaper than Botox.
When: Sun., 10 a.m.
Where: Peek Aren’t You Curious, 1015 Montana Ave., at 10th Ct. Call 310-434-9700 to schedule an appt. Silhouettes start at $30.

Photo: Diane Collins and Jordan Hollender / Getty Images

8246 Beverly Blvd
bt N Sweetzer & N Harper Aves
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Peek Aren't You Curious
1015 Montana Ave
@ 10th Ct
Santa Monica, CA 90402