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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...

Make Your Own Birthday Party Invitations

This weekend, my family is going into party preparation mode. My eldest daughter will turn seven in the blink of an eye, and she's downright desperate to get the birthday invitations made and delivered to her friends. Is there a way to spin this task...

Mom Hosts Vodka Chugging Party for Teens

Coming up with fun ideas for birthday parties gets a little more challenging when the kids outgrow Chuck E. Cheese and inflatable bounce houses. What's a mom to do with for a typical 14-year-old who frowns on clowns and face-painting? How about an al...

Great Birthday Parties for Next to Nothing

When it comes to birthday parties, moms are finding that a little creativity goes a long way toward cutting costs and making great memories for their children. Take Anne Beller, a Dallas mother of four, for example. She actually turned a profit on h...

Birthday gifts for girls under $20

Kindergarten apparently is the time when kids start including classmates in their birthday parties, because my daughter has been invited to an impressive string of them this month -- all boys. Though I have two nephews, I'm close enough to them to kn...

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...

Babycakes a no-go in England

You know how shops are now putting your photographs on birthday cakes? You bring in a photo and they scan it and use, basically, an inkjet printer to print it out only, instead of ink, they use food coloring and, instead of paper, a thin sheet of sug...

Obama's sleepover

Running a successful campaign to be the Democratic nominee for the President of the United States of America. Choosing a running mate from a host of capable candidates. Navigating the waters of political controversy. All these are nothing compared to...

Birthday party bafflements

I've been asked by several people what the heck is going on with with parents and birthday parties nowadays and I can honestly say I HAVE NO IDEA. These are a sampling of some recent birthday party dilemmas: What is the proper way to tell someon...

Moms duke it out at Chuck E. Cheese

I would rather spend an afternoon in the dentist's chair than spend it at Chuck E. Cheese. I know kids love it and I understand why, but the place just stresses me out. The hundred or so swarming children, the blinking lights, the headache-inducing n...

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,...

The best birthday party ever!

For the past two years, we have celebrated Ellie's birthday with a huge party at home. For her 5th, the theme was princess. About 15 kids came over, dressed in their royal finery. We had an inflatable castle jumpy thing, games and of course, cake and...

Product Recall: First birthday hats

If you are planning a birthday party for your one-year-old, you might want to take a look at the party hats. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Creative Expressions have announced a voluntary recall of 1st Birthday Party Hats due to a po...

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