When did the trend start that kids do NOT open presents at the party? Lately all of Ava's friends have been having birthday parties. We bring a gift, it gets put on the table, everyone has a good time, but no one opens the gifts until the guest leave. What is that about? Yesterday, Ava had her 5th birthay and we did cake then started to open gifts and one of the mom's said..."Wow she's opening her gifts now? I thought no one did that anymore." So wierd. I'm guessing it's to not make the kids feel bad that they didn't get gifts or something? But I've got to tell you, the kids all really enjoyed seeing Ava open her gifts and reading the cards they made. And when we go to parties, Ava really likes picking out a special gift then seeing the look on her friend's face when they open it. So what's the etiquette these days?