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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
Python Printable Games, an online game resource, offers party games that are perfect for last-minute birthday party entertainment ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UPDATED January 2017: When your child has special needs, planning a birthday party takes a lot of extra planning and special considerations. These expert tips will help make it happier for all.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Using the soccer ball baking pan from Zenker (frieling.com), you can treat your kids—or any soccer lover—to these soccer ball cupcakes.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 handy guide to birthday party planning featuring everything from dealing with rowdy party guests to serving allergy-friendly birthday treats.
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
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.
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.
Want to throw an amazing birthday party, but short on time? No problem. We 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, from planning the event to choosing the perfect decorations, food, and party activities.
Learn how to make these fun and sweet treats!
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!
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.
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?
If one of your children has a birthday coming up, build a party theme around Disney Pixar’s new movie, 'Up!'
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.
20 easy, inexpensive, and imaginative touches for your child's birthday.
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...
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.
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!
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.
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.