Make sure you enjoy the party as much as the little birthday celebrant by taking out some of the pre-planning stress with these great picks. Just add cake. Lots of cake.
Does anyone get as grumpy as I do about spending money on birthday party decorations that you use once before they become landfill?
I'm all about at-home birthday parties for kids. Which is not to say that they don't stress me out, because they totally stress me out.
LEGO never goes out of style, so we love this tutorial we just found for making your own LEGO gift boxes.
We've loved the beautiful cards and invitations from Minted.com ever since we discovered them on day one, so it makes perfect, brilliant sense that they'd evolve from cards and invitations, and launch a gorgeous new Party Decor line, also sourced from indie designers.
Let's face it: life is crazybusy. So I can totally see why more and more parents are turning to online party-planning services to lighten the load. But we've found one with a little extra do-gooding awesomeness to sweeten the deal.
Confession: I once baked a birthday cake so ugly my daughter cried. I'm not kidding. So for those of you without culinary arts degrees, here's one way to make the birthday kid feel special and ensure that the cake will be exactly what she wants.
I confess: I have a love-hate relationship with planning parties for my kids. While picking a theme can be fun, I also find it a little exhausting to sift through website after website looking for cool activities for a superhero party or the perfect decorations for a tween girl's sleepover bash.
The start of the school year means once again, the hunt for creative party favors and teacher gifts begins. Well we've brought you cookies in a jar, dreidels in a jar, and pickles in a jar. Now we've got a forest in a jar-- made by your very own kid.
I'm a big fan of superheroes, and therefore, cool superhero invitations. I'm pretty sure your kids are too.
I am planning a garden-themed 4th birthday party for my daughter in a few weeks. I need some creative inspiration! So far, we're going to have the kids each plant something in a pot to take home .. And that's all.
I haven't thrown that many birthday parties for my kids and it's like I'm already out of goody bag gift ideas. Well now there's just that thing--crafty, eco-friendly, totally fun, and they're affordable too.
Looking for ideas for a child's birthday party can be both fun-- and stressful. When my kids were younger, I confess, I went a little overboard with over-the-top parties causing me to collapse with exhaustion. As I learned, it can be a lot simpler.
Girls birthday party ideas can still be girlie, even if you want to avoid the same old princess theme. Which is why I instantly fell in love with the downloadable, customizable party kits at Creative Little Stars, based around classic storybook themes.
If you have your cake and eat it too, what are you left with? A whole lot of pretty is what, so long as you own a fab cake stand.
The standards for kids birthday cakes have gone up a bit since I was a kid, when we just stopped by the Piggly Wiggly and had the teen behind the counter misspell my name between the lumpy sugar roses. Now we want them to be beautiful, unique, delicious, customized, truly exciting, and--the big kicker-- allergen-free.
If you need a break from superheroes and princesses, I've got a fabulous kids birthday party idea, and it's so easy: Food themed birthday parties.
We were so impressed with the gorgeous eco-friendly holiday cards from Night Owl Paper Goods last year that we ordered them for our own CMP contributors. So when I heard they added a few new items to their collection of goodies, I couldn't wait to take a peek.
When my newly minted 7-year old daughter asked me to throw her a Harry Potter birthday party with only two weeks to plan, I said "absolutely!" And then ran straight to my computer to try to figure out how the heck to pull this off for about eight little girls ranging in age from four to seven.
I need ideas for my daughter's 10th birthday..something original and wow.
A few years ago I got really ambitious and made birthday crowns for my two children. Flash forward a bit and I've now got a third child and still only two birthday crowns.
Hey you, Famous Mom. Yes you, the one who held the kiddo's first birthday party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, hired Martha Stewart to make your cakes, and asked the Jonas Brothers to stop by to sing Happy Birthday
As much as I love to eat cupcakes, I feel like I need to apologize for my lack of creativity when I bring them out at a party over a big honking birthday cake with loads of decorations.
I think I've discovered party favor central. And much to my delight, it's not in a mall or a half-abandoned shopping center.
My daughter's fourth birthday is coming up, and I spend a good bit of time daydreaming of mastering fondant, hand calligraphing creamy envelopes, and crafting a birthday banner in lovely watercolor washes over newspaper. Ha freakin' ha.
With Liz's daughter Thalia and my daughter Quinlan celebrating their 5th and 6th birthdays today and tomorrow respectively, I figured it would be fun to highlight some of our favorite birthday picks we've found recently.
I need some great first birthday party ideas and some adorable first birthday party attire for a little boy. Any suggestions? I am a recent follower, but a huge fan! Thanks! -Emilie
The story of Alice in Wonderland involves a tea party, funny little cakes, a menagerie of characters and lots of adventure. In other words, all the ingredients for a kid-friendly birthday party, as my daughter has recently discovered for herself.
Is it strange to be excited that an online correspondence site has just introduced children's invitations? Because I am. Downright giddy, in fact.
If I had my way, birthday decorations would be limited to a couple of mylar balloons.
Green Planet PartiesI've planned eighteen birthday parties so far for my three young children and each time, my eco-friendly heart feels a little sick to see the amount of trash left behind after the last guest leaves.