I really think I'd like to skip the gift opening at my 5 y/o's party. WDYT?
At every single party I have been to where gifts are opened in front of the kids, it's rip the wrapping paper, look at the gift, yell thanks (to someone-most don't even know who it's from), and grab for the next one. There is no savoring and enjoying. It's a race to the finish and I don't want the girls to see b-day gifts that way.
I have pretty strong feelings about this, as you can tell.
ETA - I always do thank you notes for every birthday gift the kids get.
Also, we've had 5 big birthday parties and not one child has ever complained or been disappointed because their gift wasn't opened. But we also do parties with lots of activities and fun so that does help distract the kids from the presents.