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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.

'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.

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.

Fun Ways To Celebrate Birthdays

Fun Ways To Celebrate Birthdays

You’ve shopped, clicked and searched for the perfect birthday gift, but still have no idea what to buy. Not to worry. Finding a gift even the most hard-to-shop-for friend will love is easy if you get creative. Read on for tips on finding a great present for the birthday girl or boy ages child through adult.

Tips for Parents: How to Handle Awkward Birthday Party Situations

Tips for Parents: How to Handle Awkward Birthday Party Situations

Here's help in handling the trickiest birthday party conundrums, including divorced parents; birthdays for twins and multiples, adopted children, and those that fall on holidays; and summer birthdays.

A Parents' Guide to Birthday Parties

A Parents' Guide to Birthday Parties

A handy guide to birthday party planning featuring everything from dealing with rowdy party guests to serving allergy-friendly birthday treats.

How to Deal with an Unruly or Rude Guest at Your Child's Birthday Party: Advice from the Experts

How to Deal with an Unruly or Rude Guest at Your Child's Birthday Party: Advice from the Experts

Even when you've planned and prepared till the cows come home, hosting your child's birthday party can have its moments of stress - especially when a guest becomes unruly or disruptive, threatening the fun for everyone. We've compiled advice from party experts in the New York metro area on the best way to deal with a rude party guest, so you'll be prepared to save the day when the time comes.

How to Deal with an Unruly or Rude Guest at Your Child's Birthday Party: Advice from the Experts in Fairfield County, CT

How to Deal with an Unruly or Rude Guest at Your Child's Birthday Party: Advice from the Experts in Fairfield County, CT

Even when you've planned and prepared till the cows come home, hosting your child's birthday party can have its moments of stress - especially when a guest becomes unruly or disruptive, threatening the fun for everyone. We've compiled advice from party experts in the Fairfield County, CT, area on the best way to deal with a rude party guest, so you'll be prepared to save the day when the time comes.

How to Throw an Allergy-Friendly Children's Birthday Party

How to Throw an Allergy-Friendly Children's Birthday Party

Even if your child doesn't have allergies, chances are at least one of his friends suffers. Lori Sandler, founder of the allergen-free Divvies Bakery and author of "The Divvies Bakery Cookbook," offers parents tips on how to throw an inclusive, safe, and fun birthday party for all guests.

How to Plan Your Child's Birthday Party: 30 Time-Saving Ideas for the Busy Mom

How to Plan Your Child's Birthday Party: 30 Time-Saving Ideas for the Busy Mom

We spoke to the experts on kids' birthday parties and compiled the best advice for busy parents on how to throw an easy, amazing birthday party for your special girl or boy. Get all the tips you need here, from planning the event to choosing the perfect decorations, food, and party activities.

Kids Party Recipe: Sweet Whoopie Pies

Kids Party Recipe: Sweet Whoopie Pies

Learn how to make these fun and sweet treats!

Kids' Slumber Parties - Ideas, Tips, and Guidelines to Make Them Great

Kids' Slumber Parties - Ideas, Tips, and Guidelines to Make Them Great

Check out these tips from Penny Warner, author of "Slumber Parties: 25 Fun-Filled Party Themes," on how to make your child's next slumber party both memorable and fun!

How to Throw a Great Party for Any Age

How to Throw a Great Party for Any Age

Read these tips we've compiled from the party planning experts on how to throw the perfect party for any age - from your child's first birthday celebration to a teenager's birthday bash.

Birthday Parties at Home: Are they Budget-Friendly?

Birthday Parties at Home: Are they Budget-Friendly?

Many parents are reviving the tradition of having parties at home. Does this really stretch your dollar? Or do you end up spending just as much money as you would at a typical birthday party place?

How To Throw an 'Up' Birthday Party for Kids

How To Throw an 'Up' Birthday Party for Kids

If one of your children has a birthday coming up, build a party theme around Disney Pixar’s new movie, 'Up!'

Birthday Parties: Etiquette for Throwing & Going

Birthday Parties: Etiquette for Throwing & Going

Countess Luann deLesseps, star of "The Real Housewives of New York City" & author of "Class with the Countess — How to Live with Elegance & Flair", & Patricia Fitzpatrick, founder & president of The Etiquette School of New York, weigh in on the dos & don’ts of hosting & attending birthday parties.

Make Your Child's Birthday Special

Make Your Child's Birthday Special

20 easy, inexpensive, and imaginative touches for your child's birthday.

How to Avoid a Bad Birthday Party

How to Avoid a Bad Birthday Party

Whether it’s an over-stimulated toddler, a jealous party guest or a horrified mom (just look at my couch!), there are many ways to ruin a party. But there are so many ways to throw a great party that you can minimize the horrors. Here are some suggestions to avoid common pitfalls...

Get Straight As On Your Graduation Party

Get Straight As On Your Graduation Party

Hosting a goodbye-to-grades celebration doesn't require a lot of pomp and circumstance. Follow these easy tips to make your graduation celebration a "class" act.

Birthday Party Do’s and Don’ts: A Parent’s Refresher on Party Etiquette

Birthday Party Do’s and Don’ts: A Parent’s Refresher on Party Etiquette

Parties are the spice of life – a time to gather with friends, laugh, talk, play games and enjoy one another’s company. Still, there are some rules of etiquette when it comes to hosting or attending a party that you need to be aware of. Here are some tips for handling common party concerns to make sure you and your child are invited back!

How To Keep Kids Busy at Parties

How To Keep Kids Busy at Parties

Having a party for kids is fun, but one of the biggest challenges is keeping them busy. You can keep your young partygoers happy with a variety of activities, crafts and games. These ideas can also be used to keep kids busy at family gatherings or holiday parties with both kids and adults.

Birthday parties for 'older' kids

Birthday parties for 'older' kids

Now that your children are getting older, it may be hard to agree on how to celebrate you tween's or teen's birthday party. Local experts share ideas and tips for planning a birthday party you and your tween or teen will be happy with.

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