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Recipe: Chocolate Chip Layer Cake with Milk Chocolate Mocha Frosting

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Layer Cake with Milk Chocolate Mocha Frosting

Inspired by chocolate chip cookies, this recipe for a chocolate chip layer cake with milk chocolate mocha frosting comes from Tate's Bake Shop in Southampton, Long Island. It's sure to steal the show at your next celebration.

Party Central Pick of the Month: Gift it Green

Party Central Pick of the Month: Gift it Green

Gift it Green fabric gift boxes and tissue paper are an eco-friendly way to wrap your child's or friend's birthday present. Bonus: The gift boxes fold flat and are reusable.

Party Central Pick of the Month: The Chalk Shop

Party Central Pick of the Month: The Chalk Shop

The Chalk Shop on Etsy offers custom chalk shapes, perfect as party favors for themed birthday parties or even as a gift for the birthday boy or girl.

Bring Camp Crafts Home with Friendship Bracelets

Bring Camp Crafts Home with Friendship Bracelets

Keep your kids busy on bad-weather days with fun indoor activities like this camp-inspired craft: friendship bracelets. The Landyard Ladies in Nassau, Long Island offer friendship bracelet making kits that can be purchased online. It's the perfect way to bring camp arts and crafts home in the off-season.

Party Central Pick of the Month: Happy Birthday, Tree!

Party Central Pick of the Month: Happy Birthday, Tree!

A new story book introduces young readers to the importance of honoring and caring for nature. In "Happy Birthday, Tree! A Tu B'Shevat Story" by Madelyn Rosenberg, Joni and Nate realize the importance of friendship, compassion, and respect for nature.

Party Time: Memories, Planning Tips, and Ideas to Inspire and Assist

Party Time: Memories, Planning Tips, and Ideas to Inspire and Assist

Your child is another year older, but does the thought of planning a celebration with their friends make you stressed? We've compiled sweet memories, planning tips, and fun new ideas to inspire and assist you.

Long Island's Bobb Howard's General Store Has Old Time Goodies

Long Island's Bobb Howard's General Store Has Old Time Goodies

Bobb Howard's General Store on Long Island has every candy you can think of, like Astro Pops from the '60s and Zots from the '70s. Bring your kids—or grandkids—to delight in the candies from your childhood.

One Charming Party E-Books Make Party Planning Easy

One Charming Party E-Books Make Party Planning Easy

One Charming Party makes themed party planning easy with their instructional e-books full of DIY craft and decoration ideas, recipes, and printable invitations, labels, and more. E-book themes include mermaid, dinosaur, water, art, pajama glam, county fair, superhero, and baking.

Cooking Up a Fun Birthday Party with LilChefs.com

Cooking Up a Fun Birthday Party with LilChefs.com

Chef Paula Gottlieb, who grew up in Brooklyn, uses her themed cooking birthday parties to teach kids how to make good food choices by letting them touch, taste, and smell ingredients before transforming them into various dishes.

'The Avengers' Birthday Party for Kids

'The Avengers' Birthday Party for Kids

Comic book and movie superheroes The Avengers are kid favorites. Follow these tips to throw an Avengers-themed birthday party complete with awesome decorations, food, and favors.

Birthday Bazaar: A Rainbow of Fun

Birthday Bazaar: A Rainbow of Fun

A birthday's coming, and you have no idea where you’re going to find time for planning. You just know you want your child’s party to be fun, memorable, and let’s admit it, not break the bank.

Happy 100th Birthday, Oreo!

Happy 100th Birthday, Oreo!

Oreo just celebrated its 100th birthday, and to celebrate, we have a delicious Oreo recipe, some Oreo trivia, and also consider the question: how can we let kids "be kids"--and how can adults get in on the fun, too?

Westchester Mom Launches Site that Celebrates Giving

Westchester Mom Launches Site that Celebrates Giving

CharityPanda.com, the brainchild of a Westchester mom of three, allows visitors to donate to charity in honor of a celebration, like a birthday, in lieu of buying gifts.

No-Sugar Birthday Cake Recipe

No-Sugar Birthday Cake Recipe

No sugar in this cake -- no kidding! This cake recipe is all about capturing natural sweetness from ingredients like apples, bananas, and cranberries, with no added sugar, making it great for babies and those with special dietary issues, like diabetes.

Pixie Purse Parties Are a Fun Alternative for Birthdays

Pixie Purse Parties Are a Fun Alternative for Birthdays

Pixie Purse Parties from Madison Handbags offers purse-designing parties where girls can make a custom bag from beginning to end, making it an ideal activity at your child or teen's birthday party or Bat Mitzvah.

Active Kids Opens in Jericho NY

Active Kids Opens in Jericho NY

Active Kidz, the only facility on the East Coast to offer Laser Frenzy, a version of laser tag that features a maze, has moved to a new, larger facility on Long Island.

West Rock's New Turf Ready for More Sports and Parties than Ever Before

West Rock's New Turf Ready for More Sports and Parties than Ever Before

West Rock Indoor Sports and Entertainment Complex has installed a new SpinTurf that will allow the facility to host even more sports events and parties, including lacross and football birthday parties.

Soccer Ball Cupcakes Recipe

Soccer Ball Cupcakes Recipe

Using the soccer ball baking pan from Zenker (frieling.com), you can treat your kids—or any soccer lover—to these soccer ball cupcakes.

Flavorful Birthday Party Favors & Fun Themes

Flavorful Birthday Party Favors & Fun Themes

Check out these creative, "flavorful" birthday party favors and ideas—for kids of all ages—from Wonka chocolate bars and cake pans to yummy-looking (and eco-friendly!) gift bags.

Turn a Birthday Party into a Pajama Party for Charity

Turn a Birthday Party into a Pajama Party for Charity

Why not make your child’s next birthday party a sleepover for a good cause? See how the Pajama Program, a nonprofit charity, helps children in need throughout the U.S. and can turn a birthday bash into a fun pajama party!

Ask the Expert: How to Make Your Child's Birthday Party a Success for Everyone Involved

Ask the Expert: How to Make Your Child's Birthday Party a Success for Everyone Involved

A local Youth Rabbi presents two easy ways to make your child's next birthday party or special occasion both meaningful and memorable, for the birthday girl and her guests.

Custom Cake Shop Opens in Mamaroneck

Custom Cake Shop Opens in Mamaroneck

ABC Cakes opened March 20 in Mamaroneck, NY, offering customized cakes, cupcakes, baking classes, and in-store birthday parties.

Birthday Parties Featuring Classic Games

Birthday Parties Featuring Classic Games

These kids' birthday party venues in the New York City area offer party packages featuring classic games like dodgeball, kickball, ga-ga, tag, and more.

The Rise of Ga-Ga

The Rise of Ga-Ga

Ga-ga, a summer camp game similar to dodgeball, has become a popular activity at kids' birthday parties and family gatherings.

Retro Sports for Kids

Retro Sports for Kids

From dodgeball to obstacle courses, classic sports from our own childhoods are making a comeback. Find out why these old-fashioned games are great for family gatherings and kids' parties.




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