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Birthday Dilemmas: Solved!

Birthday Dilemmas: Solved!

Solutions to four common birthday scheduling problems

Birthday Party Places in Fairfield, CT

Birthday Party Places in Fairfield, CT

Find birthday party places for kids in Fairfield County, CT, including stores, gyms, restaurants, and more that host children's parties in Bridgeport, Danbury, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.

How Do I Make My Child’s Birthday Special When It’s Near a Holiday?

How Do I Make My Child’s Birthday Special When It’s Near a Holiday?

Ideas to help ensure your children will feel special on their birthdays and not overshadowed by the holidays.

LEGO Store Flatiron Introduces Birthday Party Program

LEGO Store Flatiron Introduces Birthday Party Program

Kids can now host LEGO-themed birthday parties at the LEGO Store in the Flatiron District.

Embark on an Interactive Theater Show for Kids Through Central Park

Embark on an Interactive Theater Show for Kids Through Central Park

Accomplice the Show is introducing a kids-only adventure theater show in Central Park called "The Quest for the Seven Teeth."

Cupcake Parties for Kids at Your Own Home

Cupcake Parties for Kids at Your Own Home

Amy Rosen’s Cooking by Design is a personal cooking school for youth and parents based in Larchmont.

Are Party Favors Necessary?

Are Party Favors Necessary?

You’ve planned and paid for a birthday party that reflects your child’s passions and interests, chosen a cake the flavor she loves, and generally made sure everyone would have a fun afternoon. Do all the guests also need to go home with a goody bag or other party favor?

Raising a Gracious Host

Raising a Gracious Host

At their own birthday parties, kids may find it difficult to focus on whether their friends are having fun. Preparing your child to be a good host can help everyone enjoy the day.

Six Hacks for the Best Party Ever

Six Hacks for the Best Party Ever

Your children may be counting down the days until their next birthday—who doesn't love to be celebrated?—but you're probably stressing about what do to at the party and baking a cake. We're here to help, with six birthday hacks to make the day go smoothly.

Five Birthday Party Themes from Local Bloggers

Five Birthday Party Themes from Local Bloggers

Five local bloggers from the New York metro area share their favorite ideas—one's they've executed themselves—for birthday party themes, decorations, and cakes.

Modern Rules for Responding to Party Invites

Modern Rules for Responding to Party Invites

When it comes to attending parties, most guests forget to respond to invites in a timely manner, or even at all. Here are six modern RSVP rules for invitation etiquette, and three things for hosts to remember.

Screamin’ Parties Opens New Location in Nanuet

Screamin’ Parties Opens New Location in Nanuet

Screamin' Parties, a birthday party location, recently opened in Nanuet. The birthday party location in Rockland County offers interactive games and bounce houses.

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.

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.

Bayside Dance Studio Offers New Program and Classes

Bayside Dance Studio Offers New Program and Classes

Queens Dance Project, a dance a fitness studio in Queens, offers a new program and two new dance classes for kids in Bayside: a school vacation day camp, a mommy-and-me dance class, and a dance class for toddlers.

Rockland Community Throws 'No More Chemo' Party for Local Young Girl

Rockland Community Throws 'No More Chemo' Party for Local Young Girl

Art Adventure and several other businesses in Rockland County, NY, threw a free party for 3-year-old Gabi Olivo to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy treatments.

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!

Classic Outdoor Games for a Birthday Party

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.

Recipes from the Pinkalicious Cupcake Cookbook

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.

Party Central: Build a Nest Egg

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.

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.

How to Decorate Train and Butterfly Cupcakes

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.

'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.

Party Central Pick of the Month: Project Treasure

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.

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.

Birthday Party Etiquette: Show Up and Shut Up

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.

A Long Island Family's Mission to Bring Birthday Celebrations ot Homeless Children

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.

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.

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.

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