How to Survive the Sweet 16: One Mom Shares All

How to Survive the Sweet 16: One Mom Shares All

We'll do (almost) anything to make our kids happy and show them they're special, including planning the epic blowout birthday bash that is the Sweet 16. Here's one mom's account of planning her daughter's Sweet 16—and how it compares to planning he...

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This Year's Hottest Kids' Birthday Party Themes–And How to Pull Them Off

This Year's Hottest Kids' Birthday Party Themes–And How to Pull Them Off

We’ve all been to (and thrown) many of the same parties: amusement parks, bouncy houses, skating rinks, movie theaters. And then there are those crafty parents who love to plan outside the box—the creative-minded few who aren’t afraid to try someth...

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You Can Win a Pay-Your-Age Build-a-Bear Experience at the End of June

You Can Win a Pay-Your-Age Build-a-Bear Experience at the End of June

Last year, Build-a-Bear Workshop hosted a Pay-Your-Age Day where kids could build a stuffed animal priced for their age (for example, a 5-year-old could make a bear for $5). While this was a great alternative to Build-a-Bear’s sometimes-pricey stuf...

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How to Throw Your Kids a Birthday Party on a Budget

How to Throw Your Kids a Birthday Party on a Budget

A birthday and the accompanying party are a big deal for kids. That’s no surprise—after all, what’s not to love about cake and presents? Thanks to the Internet (and especially Instagram and Pinterest), you can find plenty of inspiration when it’s t...

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Clowns.com Introduces New Science Birthday Parties

Clowns.com Introduces New Science Birthday Parties

Clowns.com will offer STEM-themed birthday parties starting January 2019. The science parties will consist of two scientists, Scientist X and Scientist Y (named after the chromosomes) each clad in lab coats, performing demonstrations and leading ha...

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What Kids Really Want at Their Birthday Parties

What Kids Really Want at Their Birthday Parties

Planning a birthday party for your child can seem to get more and more stressful and time consuming year after year, but those big birthday bashes we see online (we’re looking at you, Pinterest!) may not be what your child really wants for their ce...

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Birthday Cakes You Can Bake at Home with Your Kids

Birthday Cakes You Can Bake at Home with Your Kids

If you’re throwing a birthday party for your child, impress everyone by baking your own homemade birthday cake—and get your children involved in the process! These three recipes are easy enough for kids to help make and will get them excited about ...

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Planning a Blowout Birthday Party for Your Child

Planning a Blowout Birthday Party for Your Child

Birthdays are occasions that kids will remember for the rest of their lives, and birthday parties are a way to hold those memories in place. Sometimes, you want to make those celebrations extra-big, either because you’re marking a major milestone—s...

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POParazzi Balloons and Events Space Adds Balloon Drop Service

POParazzi Balloons and Events Space Adds Balloon Drop Service

Celebrate any event under a shower of falling balloons with POParazzi Balloons and Events Space’s new balloon drop service.

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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.

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The Hottest Birthday Party Trends of 2017

The Hottest Birthday Party Trends of 2017

We are almost 100% positive your child will be asking for one of these birthday party themes this year.

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The Ultimate Birthday Party Planning Timeline

The Ultimate Birthday Party Planning Timeline

Give your kids the party of their dreams and stay organized in the process.

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Birthday Dilemmas: Solved!

Birthday Dilemmas: Solved!

Solutions to four common birthday scheduling problems

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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...

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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.

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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 s...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 seei...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Party Central: Birthday Booty

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

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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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 ...

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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 inspi...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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