The boy himself gratefully bit the stegosaurus on the nose, threw him on the ground and... well, that was it as far as his interest in THAT toy went. But his mama assured me that he WILL be interested in it later (poor child. He'll always wonder why mom and dad kept shoving that dorky dinosaur in his face telling him with a nostalgic sigh about some person who made it for him waaay back before he was old enough to remember anything.) It was just all the OTHER toys that flashed and made noise were currently distracting him - and driving mama nuts!
BUT my husband and I have now attended two different birthday parties for one-year-olds, and have both decided that such things are not necessarily for the child's benefit, but for the parents, friends, families etc. to celebrate the fact that the small bundle of joy has survived their first year. (And in this particular little guy's case, it was DEFINITELY a celebration. Poor kid has had way too many health issues, starting from day 3 of his precious little life!) Which is fine, but that being said, if the parents ooh and aaw over my gift more than the munchkin does, its ok. I'm just further fulfilling the purpose of the party!