While there seems to be no solution as yet for the awkwardness that is a first birthday party , Big Daddy Drew does have some suggestions for saving the talking-with-dads-you-don't-know situation--by turning the conversation to the NFL:
Bring up a game you went to a while backIn case you're, you know, not a TV Guide guy, Ali Larter is on Heroes, a new NBC series that'll be canceled quicker'n a squashed-flat Matt Leinart can mutter, "da Bears."
Most awkward dad conversations include this gem of a question: "So, what have you guys been up to lately?" Now, you could answer honestly and say, "Well, the kid still shits her pants. I haven't gotten laid in two weeks. And last night I masturbated to a picture of Ali Larter in TV Guide. Twice. Oh, and I write for a blog. How about you?" But then you run the risk of being labeled The Creepy Husband, and no one wants that. But here's a perfect place to bring up a recent NFL event you attended. If the guy has no interest in turning the discussion to the NFL after that, your attempt at least won't look so blatant.
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 one commenter does have an important tip: unless you're 100% guaran-damn-teed that all dads are non-NFL guys, don't throw the party on Sunday afternoon.