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Throw a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party
Just like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles take on evil forces to save New York City, you can rise to the challenge of hosting a TMNT-themed birthday party for your child. All it takes is some ninja know-how to throw a party that’ll have them seeing green! (read the story...)

Classic Outdoor Games for a Birthday Party
Looking for some birthday party entertainment for your child's outdoor party? We've compiled eight classic outdoor games for kids, including a potato sack race, three-legged race, and the limbo. (read the story...)

Recipes from the Pinkalicious Cupcake Cookbook
Victoria Kann, co-creator of the Pinkalicious series, shares several recipes from her new Pinkalicious Cupcake Cookbook, including how to make Pinkalicious cupcakes with buttercream frosting and star wands with royal icing. (read the story...)

Party Central: Build a Nest Egg
Are you looking to save money for your child's future? TrustEgg, a trust account that is released to the child on his or her 18th birthday, is a great birthday gift that family and friends can participate in, too. (read the story...)

Party Central: Birthday Booty
Python Printable Games, an online game resource, offers party games that are perfect for last-minute birthday party entertainment ideas. (read the story...)

New Traditions to Celebrate Your Child's Birthday
Meg Cox, author of 'The Book of New Family Traditions', shares birthday traditions to start with your children this year, including the many ways to decorate with balloons, celebrating half birthdays, and a thoughtful party favor. (read the story...)

How to Decorate Train and Butterfly Cupcakes
Elaine Cohen, author of 'Super-Duper Cupcakes', shares step-by-step directions to decorate train cupcakes and butterfly cupcakes at a cupcake-decorating party. (read the story...)

'Cupcaking': How to Host a Cupcake-Decorating Party
Elaine Cohen, author of "Super-Duper Cupcakes", shares a unique birthday party theme of decorating cupcakes, as well as tips for hosting a cupcake-decorating party. (read the story...)

Party Central Pick of the Month: Charitable Parties
Westchester residents Buck and Rebecca Schleifer created Share Your Wish, a way to host a birthday party while doing good for others. Party guests donate to the birthday child's fund—a predetermined percentage goes toward purchasing a gift for the child, while the rest is donated to charity. (read the story...)

Party Central Pick of the Month: Wikki Stix Birthday Calendar
Children are always excited when their birthday approaches, so why not get them excited about friend and family birthdays, too? The Wikki Stix Birthday Calendar allows children to decorate each month and help with birthday planning—maybe even inspire them to make homemade birthday cards! (read the story...)

Five Tips for Hosting a Spa Birthday Party
Cheryl Najafi, author of "You’re So Invited: Panic Less, Play More, and Get Your Party On!," shares tip for decorating for a spa birthday party for your little princess, as well as fun spa party activities, including manicures, hair stations, spin the nail polish, and decorating flip-flops. (read the story...)

Three Swashbuckling Inspired Recipes for Pirate Party Grub
Cheryl Najafi, author of "You’re So Invited: Panic Less, Play More, and Get Your Party On!," shares three recipes for pirate-inspired grub for your swashbuckling soiree, including homemade barbecue sauce, barbecue roasted turkey legs, and a pirate ship fruit bowl. (read the story...)

Tips for Hosting Swashbuckling Soiree for Your Pirate
Does your birthday boy or girl want a pirate party this year? Cheryl Najafi, author of "You’re So Invited: Panic Less, Play More, and Get Your Party On!," shares her tips to host a pirate party, including party decorations and food. (read the story...)

Party Central Pick of the Month: Pajama Party
Is your Sleeping Beauty requesting a slumber party for her birthday party? We've got some sleepover tips, slumber party activities, and the perfect summer pajamas to make her birthday a success. (read the story...)

Party Central Pick of the Month: Project Treasure
Looking for a personal or group birthday gift that will mean a lot to the recipient? Project Treasure delivers a keepsake box filled with letters from loved ones to the birthday boy or girl on their special day. (read the story...)

Birthday Party Ideas for Your Child's Next Big Bash
From birthday party invitations and favors for the goodie bags to novel birthday party games and props, here are fun ideas to help you plan your child's next big birthday bash. (read the story...)

Birthday Party Etiquette: Show Up and Shut Up
Tips from a mom of three on how to act as a proper and gracious guest when you're attending someone else's birthday party or dinner party. (read the story...)

A Long Island Family's Mission to Bring Birthday Celebrations ot Homeless Children
A Long Island family dedicates time to bring happy birthday parties to the homeless children on Long Island through Birthday Wishes, a nonprofit organization founded in Massachusettes in 2002. (read the story...)

4 Tips for Perfect Party Cakes and Cupcakes
These four easy tips from Kathleen King, owner of the renowned Tate's Bake Shop on Long Island, will help you make perfect birthday party cakes and cupcakes every time. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

Camp Countdown: Friendship Bracelets
Keep your kids busy in the winter with fun indoor activities like friendship bracelets. The Landyard Ladies in Nassau, Long Island host birthday parties and also offer friendship bracelet making kits that can be purchased online. It's the perfect way to bring camp home. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)

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. (read the story...)


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