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The Joys of the Mom-and-Pop Toy Store

The Joys of the Mom-and-Pop Toy Store

In the age of big box stores that have everything you need in one place, mom-and-pop toy stores are thriving. Find out why, and the benefits of buying from your neighborhood toy store.

Handling Prickly Party Situations

Handling Prickly Party Situations

Faye de Muyshondt, founder of socialsklz:-), a Manhattan etiquette school for kids, shares guidelines for how to invite guests to a birthday party, writing thank you notes, and handling food allergies.

How to Plan a Bar or Bat Mitzvah for a Child with Special Needs

How to Plan a Bar or Bat Mitzvah for a Child with Special Needs

Planning a bar or bat mitzvah is stressful for everyone, but when your child has special needs, there are more factors you need to plan for, from sensory issues to large crowds. But don't let this deter you from celebrating your child's mitzvah! A Long Island expert shares tips for planning a bar or bat mitzvah for your child with special needs.

How to Throw a Birthday Party for a Child with Special Needs

How to Throw a Birthday Party for a Child with Special Needs

Yes, you can throw a birthday bash for your child with special needs! Birthdays only come around once a year, so there’s pressure to get them just right. The most important thing is to involve your child in the planning process. Follow these expert tips for a successful birthday celebration.

Three Birthday Cakes That Look Like Other Treats

Three Birthday Cakes That Look Like Other Treats

Looking for a unique birthday cake to make for your child's celebration this year? We've got three recipes for cakes that look like other sweet treats, including a giant cupcake, a giant donut, and ice cream cones.

Mitzvah Market Develops B'Nai Mitzvah Planning Software

Mitzvah Market Develops B'Nai Mitzvah Planning Software

Mitzvah Market developed Mitzvah Organizer, a b'nai mitzvah planning program to helps parents who are planning a bar or bat mitzvah stay organized and stress-free.

Throw a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party

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!

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make a Summer Birthday Special for My Child?

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make a Summer Birthday Special for My Child?

Despite enjoying the warm weather, having a summer birthday can be hard for your child because of vacation schedules. We spoke to Deanna Magenheim, owner of Let’s Gogh Art in Manhattan, a kid’s art and entertainment company, on how to make a summer birthday extra special for your child.

Party Central: Birthday Booty

Party Central: Birthday Booty

Python Printable Games, an online game resource, offers party games that are perfect for last-minute birthday party entertainment ideas.

New Traditions to Celebrate Your Child's Birthday

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.

'Cupcaking': How to Host a Cupcake-Decorating Party

'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.

Party Central Pick of the Month: Charitable Parties

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.

Party Central Pick of the Month: Wikki Stix Birthday Calendar

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!

Five Tips for Hosting a Spa Birthday Party

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.

Three Swashbuckling Inspired Recipes for Pirate Party Grub

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.

Tips for Hosting Swashbuckling Soiree for Your Pirate

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.

Party Central Pick of the Month: Pajama Party

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.

Birthday Party Ideas for Your Child's Next Big Bash

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.

4 Tips for Perfect Party Cakes and Cupcakes

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.

Tips For Enjoying Your Special Needs Child's Birthday

Tips For Enjoying Your Special Needs Child's Birthday

When your child has special needs, planning a birthday party takes a lot of extra planning and special considerations from the parents. Joanna Dreifus, a New York City parent and mom of two children who each have special needs, shares her top tips for helping parents enjoy their special needs kid's birthday parties, even when it's hard. These tips will help make your child with special needs birthday easier for you and ultimately happier for them, too.

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.

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.

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