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Build-It-Yourself Birthday Party

By November 20, 2009

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There's a growing trend in the world of birthdays: more and more parents are adding handmade touches to their kids' parties.

Whether it's for economical reasons or because families are looking for more ways to flex their creative muscles, handmade birthdays are hot.

No where was this more evident recently than in the home of Jessica Levitt, who writes the blog Juicy Bits.

Jessica threw a construction-themed birthday party for her son, Theo, who was turning 2. She could have easily bought some Bob the Builder cups and plates, but instead she sewed table runners and a happy birthday bunting using construction-themed fabric. She designed coloring pages and cupcake toppers. She even stayed up late the night before the party meticulously frosting tool-shaped cookies to give away as favors.

See all the details yourself in this photo gallery from the party.

Theo's bash is part of our growing collection of "real birthday" features. I'd love to hear from readers who have photos from their kids' parties to add to the lineup.

Don't let parties like Theo's intimidate you, though. The sweet, simple celebrations are just as much fun to share.

Photo by Christianne Ebel of Hippie Chick Photography.

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