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Kids' Parties & Celebrations: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
The Best Birthday Party Venues for Your Kid's...
Looking for birthday party venues for your kid's next party? Consider these unique, tried-and-true and creative birthday places before you book a location.
10 Easy Activities for 1st Birthday Party Fun
Stuck for ideas about how to entertain guests at your baby's first birthday party? This collection of games and activities offers a little something for guests of all ages to enjoy.
Is Rain Threatening Your Party? Try These...
What to do when rainy weather threatens your outdoor event.
Kids' Birthday Party Tips: How to Simplify and...
Tired of extravagant, over-the-top birthday parties for kids? Simplify! Here are some tips for meaningful, fun and cheap birthday parties.
Fun Party Games for a Kids' Cowboy-Themed Party
Yeehaw! From stampedes to rodeo rides, it’s time for your little cowboys and cowgirls to answer the call of the Wild West – wild western party games, that is.
Pirate Party Games for Kids
Need games to play at your pirate-themed party? These ideas are sure to entertain even the rowdiest of pirate crews!
Try These Delicious Tea Sandwiches at Your...
Throwing a princess party? Or a Mad Hatter tea party? Tea sandwiches make great snacks for a kids' parties because they're small, easy to eat and nutritious.
12 Memorial Day Activities for Kids
Looking for Memorial Day activities for children? These ideas for celebrating Memorial Day for kids will make the holiday more meaningful for your family.
8 End of the School Year Activities and Party...
These end of the school year celebration ideas may be just the thing to entertain students who are preoccupied with the countdown to summer vacaton.
10 Camping Games Kids Will Love
It's always fun to roast marshmallows and sing campfire songs, but those aren't the only ways to keep campers entertained. These camping games for kids are a fun way to play in the great outdoors.
Try This Fun But Quiet Indoor Game at Your...
Looking for indoor party games? This easy circle activity is a great game to play when you're ready to quiet the kids down before cutting the cake or heading home.
8 Ways to Celebrate Little Graduates
Fun graduation party themes for preschool and kindergarten.
9 Birthday Party Venues that Won't Break the Bank
If you're trying to save money on your kid's birthday bash but throwing the party at home isn't an option, these venue ideas may include the right place to make the day happy for everyone -- including the host.
Plan Your Kid's Party Effortlessly with This...
Follow this timeline that leads up to your kid's birthday party to stay organized and ensure the party is a success.
Give Traditional Treats as Baseball Party Favors
Wondering what to give as baseball party favors? How about a goody bag full of Cracker Jacks, Twizzlers and--what else?--an actual baseball. Page 4.
Looking for Birthday Party Games? Try This Fun...
Looking for kids birthday party games? If your party has an animal theme--or even if it doesn't--try this fun large-group game where one team of children must guess the animal being mimicked by the other team.
5 Fun Activities for a Baseball-Themed...
These baseball-themed party games are sure to score a home run with party guests.
Plan a Successful Kids' Party on a Budget
Kids' birthday parties don't have to cost a lot if you're on a budget. By making your own decorations, cutting down the cost of food, and following other tips you can have a great kid's party on a budget.
Graduation Cakes, Cupcakes and Desserts
Looking for graduation cake ideas? This photo gallery of cakes, cupcakes and other desserts will give you some ideas as you plan your child's graduation party.
FAQ: What Ideas Do You Have for an Old-Fashione...
A reader wants to throw an old-fashioned backyard birthday party for her daughter. Here are some ideas for a picnic birthday party parents could host in the summertime.
Preschool Graduation Party Idea - ABC Theme
Celebrate your child's graduation form preschool with these party ideas that feature an alpahbet and shapes theme.
7 Cool Doc McStuffins Birthday Party Ideas
The Doc is in -- and the party is on! If your child is a fan of the Disney channel’s favorite little
Father's Day Games
Celebrate with Dad on his special day by playing some of these Father’s Day party games.
An Autographed Bat Makes an All-Star Souvenir
Looking for baseball party ideas? Have the guests autograph a baseball bat for the birthday kid to keep as a souvenir. Page 5.
Party Recipes by Color
Looking for red food recipes, blue drink concoctions or purple snack ideas to fit a holiday or birthday theme? Your search is over. This list of recipes by color will help you plan a colorful kids party.
How to Play Bean Bag Toss at a Kid's Party
Looking for a classic game to play with kids? How about a bean bag toss?
How to Throw a Spy or Mystery Party for Kids
Throwing a mystery party or spy party for your kid's birthday? Consider these ideas for decorations, games, cakes, favors and more party details.
Birthday Cakes for Kids' Parties
Wondering what to serve for dessert at your kid's birthday party? Check out this photo gallery of cute birthday cakes for ideas.
Bug-Themed Party Games
Having a party with a bug theme? Kids can celebrate their favorite critters with this collection of bug-themed games.
Flower Themed Party Ideas
Everything you need to plan a flower themed party, including ideas for invitations, decorations, crafts, games and food.
How to Throw Your Baby's First Birthday Party
Themes, cakes, decorations and other ideas for baby's 1st birthday party.
Ideas for a Camping Party Theme
What kid doesn't love to play in a tent? A camping party theme brings all the fun of this activity, along with more ideas for camping games, food and favors right to your home or party space.
A Book Cake for a Graduate
Looking for graduation cake ideas? Make a book cake that celebrates the graduate's favorite subjects in school. Page 11.
DIY Tissue Paper Flowers: How to Make Paper...
Looking for cheap party decorations? These tissue paper flowers are easy and inexpensive to make. String them together as a garland and hang them from the ceiling or make individual flowers to decorate wrapped gifts or party hats.
How to Surprise Your Child on His or Her...
Looking for birthday morning surprises and ideas for kids? Place a helium balloon above your child's bed while they're sleeping. Serve their favorite breakfast. Cover their doorway with streamers. Keep reading for more ways to wish your son or daughter happy birthday first thing in the morning.
Ideas for a Butterfly-Themed Kid's Birthday Party
Looking for a whimsical birthday party idea for your child? Use a butterfly theme. There are so many ways to incorporate the butterfly theme into decorations, invitations, food, cake and more.
Birthday Party Games for Kids
Looking for party games for a kid's birthday? This list of fun, easy birthday party activities ranges from classics, like sack races, to unusual contests that you can adapt to various themes.
Fun Ideas for Celebrating a First Birthday
Tips and ideas for planning baby's first birthday bash.
What Food Should You Serve at a Kid's Party?
How to plan a menu for a kid's birthday party
Enchanted Forest Party Ideas
How to create an enchanted forest theme party with ideas for everything from fairy and elf attire to mystical menu items.
How to Throw a Horse Party
Does your little one love all things equestrian? How about throwing a horse party for his or her next birthday? Here are some ideas for invitations, decorations, cakes and more.
Try These Fun Photo Booth Ideas at Your Next...
From the invitations to the favors, everything you need to plan a photo booth party, inlcuding how to make your own photo booth.
Games to Play at a Knights and Princesses Party
Ways to entertain the kids at your medieval-themed party, including everything from Wicked Stepmother Freeze Tag to slaying a dragon pinata.
Hobby Horse Craft Activity
Looking for a party favor for a cowgirl, horse, pony or cowboy party? Have each child decorate a hobby horse to take home. Page 10.
Graduation Cap Pops
Wondering what graduation food to serve at a party? How about this candy graduation cap idea from the website Bakerella? It's an easy, sweet treat. Page 10.
Basketball Party Games
Planning a basketball party? These games provide basketball-themed fun whether you're on the court or at home.
Carnival Games
Looking for carnival games for a school festival? Here are some ideas for elementary-age kids.
11 Fun Balloon Party Games
Fun party games that feature everyone's favorite party decoration: the balloon.
Kids' Pirate Party Ideas
How to host a pirate party for kids, including fun ideas for treasure map invitations, pirate-themed food and games and even a cardboard pirate ship.
Top 10 Shark Party Activities
If you’re looking for an activity for a shark-themed party or classroom lesson this collection of shark-inspired games may be just the place to find it.
A Preschool Graduation Cake
Looking for pictures of preschool graduation cakes? This adorable two-tiered cake is a fun way to celebrate those years learning A, B, Cs and 1, 2, 3s. Page 3.
How to Throw a Princess Party
If your daughter asks for a princess party when her birthday rolls around, here are some ideas to make the day unique and memorable. These birthday party ideas could apply to any princess, whether your child loves a Disney character or you'd rather go with a generic, non-commercial theme.
10 Fun Games that Celebrate Motherhood
Honor Mom with these fun, family-friendly Mother's Day games.
Princess Party Games
Looking for activities for a kid's party? These princess party games would be a hit at a little girl's birthday bash.
10 Fun Games to Play at a Minecraft Birthday...
Entertain guests at a Minecraft-themed party with these activities inspired by the game.
Fairy Party Games
Explore a range of fairy games designed with kids' parties in mind. Learn how to play a variety of games that feature a fairy or enchantment theme.
Rain Theme Party
Rainy days don't always have to get you down. Celebrate them instead with a theme party made for kids who think wet weather is something wonderful!
A Cake with a Message of ConGRADulations
The wording on this fondant grad cake by Hana Bacova isn't spelled wrong. It's a play on words wishing conGRADulations to a recent graduate. Page 4.
A Locker Cake for Sixth Grade Graduates
Sugar Creations, a cake-decorating company owned by Rebecca Sutterby in Savonburg Kansas, created this locker cake for a graduation party. Page 5.
Make This Easy and Delicious 4th of July Dessert
Looking for a kid-friendly 4th of July dessert? Make a Jello recipe, like this red, white and blue-striped treat.
FAQ: Do You Have Any Sweet 16 Birthday Ideas?
A mom writes looking for sweet 16 birthday ideas for her daughter. Here are some sweet 16 themes, as well as tips on throwing a surprise birthday party.
How to Throw a Toy Story Party
Planning on throwing a Toy Story party for your kid's next birthday? Check out these ideas for games, decorations, food and more that fit the theme.
Mortar Board Cake
Maybe you've seen a graduation cake with a cap on top as a decoration. This mortar board cake is shaped like an actual, 3-D graduation cap. Page 8.
Birthday Party Themes for Kids
See how you can create one-of-a-kind parties for preschoolers, elementary aged kids or tweens with suggestions for birthday party themes that you can carry through decorations, food and treats.
A Sports and Faith Cake
This sports cake by Rebecca Sutterby of Sugar Creations celebrated a graduate's skills and interests. Page 6.
How to Throw a Fabulous "Frozen" Birthday Party
Celebrate the fever you want to catch with this Frozen Fever party plan!
Frozen Party Games
Throwing a party with a Disney's Frozen theme? Keep guests enchanted with these ideas for party games and activities!
Dragon Birthday Party Ideas
Where can you follow dragon footprints to your very own dragon cave or slay a fire-breathing cake? At a dragon-themed birthday party, of course!
How to Create a Rapunzel-Themed Kids' Birthday...
Did your child fall in love with Rapunzel after the release of Disney's Tangled? When the next birthday rolls around, throw a Rapunzel party! Here are some Tangled party ideas both boys and girls will enjoy.
School-Color Graduation Cupcakes
These graduation cupcakes are decorated with fondant mortar boards in the graduate's school colors. Page 9.
Before Prom Party Ideas
Gather your teens' friends and start the party early with these ideas for pre-prom celebrations.
DIY Birthday Parties: Make Your Own Invitations...
Want to throw a DIY birthday party? Make your own invitations and decorations.
A Cake of Interests and Skills
Throwing a grad bash for your young adult? Make a multi-tiered cake that celebrates his or her interests and skills. Page 7.
Shining Star Party Theme
Throw a party that celebrates the shining star your child has become, whether one a birthday or as they graduate to another level in school.
A School-Themed Party
Planning a graduation party for your teen? Celebrate their years in the classroom with a school-themed party.
Tween Party Ideas: Choosing the Best Birthday...
Need some tween party ideas? Consider these birthday themes for kids ages 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Try This Fun Valentine's Day Game at Your Next...
Looking for fun kids' party games for Valentines Day? If you have a large group of children, play matchmaker, where the players must ask clues to figure out their identity and then find their mate.
Parents' Guide to Throwing a Sweet 16
Planning a sweet 16 birthday party? These ideas for getting organized, setting a menu, choosing favors and planning activities will ensure a super sweet 16 bash.
Hockey Party Games
Throwing a hockey-themed party for kids? Entertain guests with these ideas for hockey party games.
The Birthday Girl on a Pony
Pony rides are a perfect activity during a horse-themed birthday party. Page 13.
How to Throw a Spy or Mystery Party for Kids,...
Throwing a mystery party or spy party for your kid's birthday? Consider these ideas for decorations, games, cakes, favors and more party details. Page 2.
Edible Baseball Party Decorations
Looking for inexpensive baseball party decorations? Use peanuts, like this table display by party planner Stephanie Frazier Grimm, of Couture Parties. Page 3.
DIY Favors: Make Hardback Coloring Books That...
Looking for inexpensive, easy-to-make favors for a kid's birthday party? Make a DIY hardback coloring book that fits the theme of the party.
Surprise! Pony Rides!
Most areas have companies that offer pony rides for parties. The classic birthday party activity is perfect for a horse, pony, cowboy, cowgirl or western-themed birthday party. Page 12.
Horse Crafts: A Finished Hobby Horse
Looking for horse crafts for a cowgirl or cowboy party? Make stick horses out of posterboard and PVC pipes, then set out craft supplies, such as pens, glitter, stickers, yarn and googly eyes so the kids can decorate. Page 11.
Celebrating Ramadan with Kids
Looking for ways to celebrate Ramadan with kids? Here are some ideas for decorations, crafts, gifts and more to make the Islamic holiday special for your family.
Tips for Throwing a Cheap Party That Feels Rich
Looking for ways to save money when planning your kid's birthday? Follow these tips to throw a cheap party.
Hockey Birthday Party
There are no penalties at this party where the goal is hockey-themed fun, food and good times.
Does Your Child Love the Movie "Brave"? Try...
If your child is a fan of the movie
6 Steps to Throwing an Awesome Ice Cream Party
Chill out with these fun ideas for an ice-cream-themed celebration.
5 Tips for Throwing a Pool Party in Winter
Escape the cold days of winter with these tips for throwing a warm, indoor pool party.
How to Make Magic Potion
How to make magic potion for an enchanted forest, fairy or magical themed party.
Host a Color Powder Party for Kids
Kids will spread the happiness, the excitement and the colors at this party with a color powder event!
First Birthday Party Themes
If you're leaning toward a theme party to honor your child's first birthday these cute ideas may be just the thing to inspire ideas for your celebration.
St. Patrick's Day Party Games
Game ideas for kids to play at a St. Patrick's Day party, in the classroom or at home with the family in celebration of the holiday.
How to Make Doc McStuffins Party Favors and...
Learn how to make your own favors, crafts and even a character birthday cake for a Doc McStuffins theme party.
Badges and Flowers for the Guests
Looking for horse party ideas? Here's one: make rose barrettes and cowboy badges for either the kids or adults to wear during the birthday party. Page 14.
8 Cool Party Venues for Wintertime Parties
Celebrate winter with these fun ideas for seasonal birthday party venues.
Ice Skating Birthday Party Ideas
Looking for a winter birthday party theme? Invite kids to celebrate at the rink with these ideas for an ice skating party theme,
Delight Fans with These Ideas for Frozen-Themed...
Do You Want to Build a Snowman Sundae? How about a reindeer brownie? You can make these and more with this collection of ideas for Frozen-themed party foods!
Ice Skating Party Games
Include these ice-skating games to entertain kids celebrating a birthday at the ice rink.
Firefighter Party Games
Throwing a firefighter-themed birthday bash? Guests can imitate their heroes with these ideas for firefighter party games.
4th of July Parade Float
Make your own 4th of July parade float, like this crepe paper-covered rocket that rides atop a wagon. Page 10.
Dragon-Themed Party Games
Ideas for games to play at a dragon-themed birthday party.
Train Party Games
Throwing a train-themed birthday party? Keep those little engineers chugging along with these fun, train party games.
Alternative Step: Making a Flower Instead of a...
Looking for cheap party decorations? These easy-to-make tissue paper flowers are inexpensive and can be used to decorate a room for a kid's party or as an embellishment on top of a gift. Page 9.
Graduation Party Ideas
Looking for graduation party ideas? These articles will help you plan a special bash for your grad.
Step 3: Print the Spinner Wheel Template
Looking for fun Valentine crafts for kids? Have them make a spinner that requires them to give hugs and do other love-filled tasks with their parents. Page 3.
A Sandbox of Fun
Theo's mom set up a sandbox for the kids to play in during the construction birthday party. Page 3.
Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Easy, budget-friendly thank you gifts for teachers.
How to Throw a Strawberry Shortcake Party
Want to revisit your childhood? Convince your birthday kid to choose a Strawberry Shortcake party theme.
Valentine Crafts: How to Make a Spinner
Looking for fun Valentine crafts for kids? Have them make a spinner that requires them to give hugs and do other love-filled tasks with their parents.
Kids' Birthday Party Games: Blow the Duck Down...
Looking for kids birthday party games? This one, called Blow the Duck Down the River, is fun and easy to adapt to different party themes.
Kids' Beach Party Ideas
Celebrate a summer birthday with ideas for everything you need to throw a beach-themed bash for kids.
How to Throw a Dr. Seuss Birthday Party
Here are some tips for hosting a Dr. Seuss birthday, whether the celebration honors the author's big day or you're using it as a theme for your kid's birthday party.
Baseball Cupcakes Served as Dessert
Baseball cupcakes are easy to make since the top of the treat is already round. Just add a layer of white frosting and then icing laces in the color of your birthday kid's favorite team. Page 2.
Dude Ranch Party
Ideas for a kids' horseback riding party hosted at a dude ranch.
Camping Food: S'morepedoes
Looking for some sweet ideas for camping food or dessert for a camping themed birthday party? Make these twists on traditional s'mores: smores in an ice cream cone. These also make a great 4th of July dessert.
Birthday Banners Add a Festive Touch
Birthday banners are a fun way to decorate for a party. This one, made using bandana fabric and vintage cowboy fabric by Robert Kaufman, was for a horse-themed birthday party. Page 8.
Throwing a Fall Festival at School
Does your child’s school host a fall festival instead of Halloween celebrations? Here are some ideas for honoring autumn with kids.
10 Fun Games to Play at a Puppy Party
From a bone hunt to a game of musical dog beds, kids will love playing these puppy party games at a dog-themed birthday bash.
Dig In!
Theo's mom used toy trucks and mini road signs to decorate for his construction birthday party. Page 11.
Celebrate the Season with These Top Picks for...
Looking for summertime party ideas? Try one of these themes that celebrate the season and work well for backyard birthdays and outdoor events.
Backyard Beach Party
It’s time for a super cool, birthday celebration that’s all about sand, sun and splashing. But you don’t have to go to the ocean for this beach-themed party. The backyard beach party brings all of the fun of the beach to the comfortable setting of home.
Hard Hat Zone
At the construction birthday party's kids tables, hard hats awaited each little guest. Page 12.
Chocolate-Themed Party Ideas
What kid wouldn’t want to celebrate with a chocolate-themed party? For this party, everything is chocolate, including the invitations! Throw a chocolate party in honor of Valentine’s Day, or since chocolate is always in season, any occasion that calls for sweet, delicious fun!
How to Make a Dragon Pinata
Cut the cardboard box into two wings, two horns and a few lengths of spikes. You will need to curve the
And Then Came the Backhoe
For a construction birthday party theme, hire someone to give kids for a ride on a backhoe. Page 14.
Step 6: Fluff the Ball
Looking for cheap party decorations? These easy-to-make tissue paper flowers are inexpensive and can be used to decorate a room for a kid's party or as an embellishment on top of a gift. Page 6.
How to Make a Shark Party Hat
Looking for a cute craft for a shark-themed party? Shark birthday hats are as fun to make as they are to wear.
Recipes and Printable Labels for a DIY Spa Party
Throwing a spa party for teens or tweens? Follow the recipes and print out the free labels from Nonpareil magazine for a spa party the girls won't soon forget.
Step 2: The Hardware
Looking for fun Valentine crafts for kids? Have them make a spinner that requires them to give hugs and do other love-filled tasks with their parents. Page 2.
5 Fun Ideas for a Yearbook Signing Party
Great theme ideas for a senior yearbook signing party!
Do you know of any cheap favors I could give at...
Looking for cheap favors you can give kids at a birthday party? Follow this advice to save money on that party supply.
Celebrate Shark Week with a Shark Party Theme
With ideas for everything from fin-vitations to shark bait favor bags, these ideas for a shark theme party will satisfy your little one's hunger for fun.
A Happy Birthday Boy
Theo sits proudly in the wheel of the backhoe at his construction birthday party. Page 15.
Favor Table
The guests also went home with truck-shaped cookies made by Theo's mom for the construction birthday party. Page 13.
20 Fun Games to Play at a Slumber Party
Looking for ideas to entertain guests at your sleepover? Check out this collection of favorite slumber party games.
Simple Tricks to Encourage Parents to RSVP to...
Sadly, you can't force folks to RSVP to your child's birthday party, but you can gently nudge them with these tips and tricks.
Plan a Graduation Party
Learn how to plan a graduation party for a high school or college student. Topics include menu planning, invitations, facility reservations and themes.
A Classic Party Game: Pin the Tail on the Donkey
As the horse party winded down, the birthday girl's grandmother led a game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey while the moms and dads caught up around a fire pit outside. Page 15.
Cooking Party Games
These cooking party games for kids will add some sizzle to a birthday party with a culinary theme.
A Forest of Floating Cards
Throwing a party and need some Alice in Wonderland decorating ideas? Hang oversized playing cards from the ceiling or from trees for some vertical interest. Page 2.
Step 5: Pull the Layers Up
Looking for cheap party decorations? These easy-to-make tissue paper flowers are inexpensive and can be used to decorate a room for a kid's party or as an embellishment on top of a gift. Page 5.
Family Reunion Planning Ideas
Looking for family reunion planning ideas? From games for the kids to menu ideas, these links will help you host a party the relatives will remember.
How to Make Party Hats for a Kids' Birthday...
Make party hats that fit your kid's birthday theme following the instructions in this free craft tutorial.
Favors in Pails
Favors at the construction birthday party were small pails that contained construction stickers, a wooden puzzle and a matchbox truck. Page 10.
Step 2: Fold the Paper
Looking for cheap party decorations? These easy-to-make tissue paper flowers are inexpensive and can be used to decorate a room for a kid's party or as an embellishment on top of a gift. Page 2.
The Best Non-Stuffy Ideas for a Graduation...
Looking for unique and classy graduation party themes? How about following a vintage schoolhouse graduation party theme, where you celebrate all those years in the classroom with creative school-related details like chalkboards, rulers and a Dick and Jane cake.
Real Birthday Parties: A Beach Birthday Party...
Want to throw a beach birthday party in winter? Follow these summer party ideas from blogger and cookbook author Jenny Rosenstrach anytime of year.

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