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Birthdays

Choosing a Birthday Party Theme

I love everything to do with parties! For me, the planning process is almost as fun as the party itself. With every party I plan, my first step is always deciding on a theme. Once I’ve chosen the theme, the ideas start pouring in. To choose the right party theme for your child, think about their interests. Do they have a favorite movie, a favorite place to play, or a favorite movie or book character? Here are some questions to ask yourself when brainstorming theme ideas for birthday parties.

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A Stress-Free Birthday Countdown

Planning a memorable birthday event can be the highlight of your child’s year, if you maximize the fun and minimize the stress. The best way to increase the magic and decrease the madness is to use a handy checklist so you can start early and get ready, gradually. Or if you want to plan your party in one fell swoop a few weeks ahead, this checklist will help you do that, too.

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Bringing Siblings to Birthday Parties

16 years ago, my five-year-old son sobbed into my arms because he wanted to go to the birthday party only his sister was invited to. “I’m sorry,” I told him, “I know you want to go, but you weren’t invited.” Back then, an uninvited sibling at a birthday party was a rare sighting. Fast forward to my seven-year-old’s party this past Spring. Siblings are so prevalent at birthday parties nowadays that I didn’t even know some of the children in attendance.

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How to Throw a Kids Amazing Race Birthday Party

I have always opted for kids’ birthday parties at a trampoline park or wall climbing gym versus doing anything at home, but when my eight-year-old son Alex asked me for an Amazing Race (inspired by the TV show) birthday, I could not refuse his clever request. I’m no Martha Stewart or Pinterest craft junkie, so I had to keep it simple. I created Alex’s Amazing Race logo and paper for detours, road blocks, and route information using canva.com, the design Web app, but used plain envelopes. The only other decorations were printouts of flags for the destination countries and an awesome country flag pennant that I had already purchased from Amazon.

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