Really good friends of ours are having a combo 4th of July BBQ and 1st birthday party for their son. There will be about 50 people, food, games for the kids and beer for the adults. We'll probably bring some beer or a side dish or dessert of some kind.
I have never been to a birthday party for a kid before, so I don't know the etiquette. Would you bring a present for the kid? I have zero time this week, so if I can skip a gift and not be totally tacky, I would be very happy, but I also don't want to be the only person there without a gift.
If I do have to get a gift, what should I get? I will not be able to go to Target, so it has to be something that can be purchased in downtown DC (and yes I know there's a Target here now but it's still out of the way).