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Great Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Choose a classic theme for your child's birthday party. Credit: Getty Images
While certain trends in kids' birthday party ideas come and go, there are some themes that never grow old.
Whether you enjoy being creative with decoration...
Celebrate your child's birthday with these classic party themes!

Summer Birthday Parties: 5 Fun Ideas

Summer birthdays mean you can take the party outside. Credit: Getty Images
Birthdays are so much fun for kids to celebrate at school -- you get to bring treats, everyone sings to recognize your special day and you might even get a little gift...

No-Gift Birthday Parties

It is birthday season at our house and our eldest will soon turn nine. He has been planning his party for a month, and already knows the theme (Lego) and the menu (pizza), but this birthday he's been begging for something else, too: "Could my frien...

10 Tips for Throwing a Birthday Theme Party

Birthdays. The kids keep having them. And from the age of five, we've allowed each to celebrate by inviting friends to a birthday party in our home. At these parties, we aim for homemade, low-key fun. But even low-key fun requires advance preparation...

Leaving a Child Out - How Bad?

Do siblings always have to do the same things? Credit: AshD23, Flickr
"How bad is it to leave one child out?," a mommy blogger wrote via email. "I have many friends that won't have play-dates or sleep overs for one without making plans for the...

Absentee Grandparents, Euna Lee, and More - Links We Love

Grandparents have their own lives, and sometimes it doesn't include their grandkids. CREDIT: Mee Lin Woon, sxc.hu
It might be summer, but in the northern states, there hasn't been a lot of beach weather this year. Here's how to handle a summer b...

Skipping Kids Birthday Parties - How Bad?

We are planning our childrens' combined birthday party right now. Since their birthday is in about five minutes, we thought this was a good time to start. Our kids are not twins, but their birthdays are two weeks apart, so we have a party for both of...

Neil Gaiman, TV Time, and Nature-Inspired Baby Names - Links We Love

You want to create a family budget, but aren't sure how to get started. Here's a good place to start: Keep track of your receipts for one month. -- Alpha Mom Same-sex birthday parties are a common way to manage the headcount at birthday parties, e...

Michelle Duggar, Nursery Decorating Tips, and Bad Babysitters - Links We Love

So your baby is turning one, or maybe two. Do you throw them a big, blowout neighborhood party, or is it smarter to keep their celebration small and simple? It's a smackdown! Which side are you on? -- Strollerderby The Duggars can't get enough of ...

Britney Spears' boys' birthday bash

Driving around in customized, matching electric ride-on cars with personalized license plates, Preston (3) and Jayden (2) Spears celebrated their birthdays (September 14th and 12th, respectively) together along with their family. The boys' grandparen...

The end of the birthday party blowout?

My son attended a birthday party where guests were asked to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the fire fighter's toy drive rather than a present for the birthday girl. She had plenty of toys already and liked helping those less fortunate. Halfway t...

$10,000 birthday parties

When my daughter turned five earlier this year, I asked her if she wanted to have her party somewhere special or if she wanted to have the usual celebration at home. She looked at me as if I'd gone crazy. "We'll have it here," she said, "I need to ha...

Spend the night at F.A.O. Schwarz

Our friends over at Luxist wrote about a charity auction going on where one of the better items up for grabs is a chance to spend the night at the F.A.O. Schwarz store in New York City. Well, not the whole night, actually. You and eleven friends (or,...

Miss Manners: kids shouldn't donate their birthday money to charity

There's a trend afoot amongst affluent suburban families. Parents who are trying to interest their kids in philanthropy and/or lesson the extent to which their homes are crammed with toys, are holding gift-free birthday parties. The idea is to have p...

ParentDish Sleepover for Sunday, June 10, 2007

Yesterday, we had a party for Sara's third birthday (which isn't actually until the end of the month.) Although it was a lot of work to prepare for it, it was pretty successful and everyone had a good time. While recovering from that experience, I de...

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