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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.
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.
5 Tips to Hosting a Family-Friendly Easter Brunch
What could be more fun than Easter for kids? It’s a holiday full of hope and love—not to mention candy. If you’re throwing an Easter party for friends and family this year, these ideas will help you host an event that’s memorable and meaningful.
Easter Party Games for Kids
A collection of 20 bunny, egg and jelly-bean themed party games to entertain the kids at your Easter gathering.
20 Creative Easter Basket Ideas for Kids
Looking for Easter basket ideas? Consult this growing list of what you can put in an Easter basket for kids besides candy.
How to Leave Clues That the Easter Bunny...
Sure, the basket full of candy and gifts is a pretty big hint that the Easter Bunny came. But what other clues can you leave behind to make your kids think Peter Cottontail stopped by? Here are some ideas.
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.
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.
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 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.
10 Guides to Easter Gifts for Kids and Teens
Wondering what Easter gifts to put in your kids' baskets this year? These ideas for toys, tech gifts and fitness gear make perfect presents from the Easter Bunny.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Flower Themed Party Ideas
Everything you need to plan a flower themed party, including ideas for invitations, decorations, crafts, games and food.
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.
Graduation Party Themes for Preschool and...
Planning a graduation celebration for kindergarten or preschool students? Consider these themes that reflect upon the things they've learned, friends they've made, or the summer season and journeys to come.
Fun Ideas for Celebrating a First Birthday
Tips and ideas for planning baby's first birthday bash.
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.
Is Rain Threatening Your Party? Try These...
What to do when rainy weather threatens your outdoor event.
How to Throw Your Baby's First Birthday Party
Themes, cakes, decorations and other ideas for baby's 1st birthday party.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hosting Easter Parties for Kids
Looking for tips for hosting Easter parties? Follow these links to Easter games, decorations, activities and other Easter ideas for kids.
What Food Should You Serve at a Kid's Party?
How to plan a menu for a kid's birthday party
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.
Baseball Party Games for Kids
From a baseball uniform relay race to a game of strike out tag, these baseball-themed party games are sure to score a home run with party guests.
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.
Frozen Party Games
Throwing a party with a Disney's Frozen theme? Keep guests enchanted with these ideas for party games and activities!
Basketball Party Games
Planning a basketball party? These games provide basketball-themed fun whether you're on the court or at home.
Easter Activities for Kids: How to Make Bunny...
Looking for Easter crafts children will love? Make these bunny crowns for the kids to wear on Easter Sunday. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hockey Birthday Party
There are no penalties at this party where the goal is hockey-themed fun, food and good times.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carnival Games
Looking for carnival games for a school festival? Here are some ideas for elementary-age kids.
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.
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.
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.
Beyond the Box: 10 Awesome Birthday Cakes that...
Turn a box of cake mix into a specialty birthday cake with these easy ideas.
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.
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.
Hockey Party Games
Throwing a hockey-themed party for kids? Entertain guests with these ideas for hockey party games.
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.
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.
How to Make a Dragon Pinata
When it comes to ready-made dragon piñatas to purchase, the options are limited. You can, however, make
How to Make Magic Potion
How to make magic potion for an enchanted forest, fairy or magical themed party.
Bug-Themed Party Games
Having a party with a bug theme? Kids can celebrate their favorite critters with this collection of bug-themed games.
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.
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.
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.
Preschool Graduation Party Idea - ABC Theme
Celebrate your child's graduation form preschool with these party ideas that feature an alpahbet and shapes theme.
9 Party Games to Play with LEGOS
Fun group games to play with LEGOS.
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.
Fun Easter Desserts for Kids
From the kitchen prep to time for dessert, kids will love lending a helping hand to creating --and eating these sweet Easter-themed treats!
Train Party Games
Throwing a train-themed birthday party? Keep those little engineers chugging along with these fun, train party games.
Ice Skating Party Games
Include these ice-skating games to entertain kids celebrating a birthday at the ice rink.
Does Your Child Love the Movie "Brave"? Try...
If your child is a fan of the movie
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,
Ideas for Celebrating Easter with Kids
Fun ideas for celebrating Easter with children.
Jelly Bean Party Theme
How to throw a jelly bean party, including ideas for using jelly beans for the invitations, decorations, games and crafts.
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.
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.
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 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.
Egg Coloring Party Ideas
Tips on how to throw an egg coloring party for kids, inculding ideas for invitations, decorations and additional egg themed activities.
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.
8 Cool Party Venues for Wintertime Parties
Celebrate winter with these fun ideas for seasonal birthday party venues.
Football Party Games for Kids
Whether you’re inviting kids to a Super Bowl party, throwing a football-themed party or inviting the team over for an end of season celebration, this collection of Super Bowl party games includes some fun, football-themed ways to entertain all of the little quarterbacks.
5 Fantastic Ideas for a Minecraft Party Theme
Bring your Minecraft realm from the computer screen to the party room with these awesome ideas for a Minecraft birthday party.
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.
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 Make a Paper Napkin Ring for Easter or...
Want to add a charming touch to your Easter table? Make your own napkin ring for every place setting. Depending on the look you want, you can cut the shape from old music sheets, pretty scrapbook paper, vintage wall paper or a non-fraying fabric like wool felt.
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 Princess Party, continued
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. Page 2.
How to Throw a Frozen-Themed Kid's Party
Throw the coolest party of the year with this theme that features everything kids love about Disney's Frozen.
Cooking Party Games
These cooking party games for kids will add some sizzle to a birthday party with a culinary theme.
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.
10 Fun Games to Play at a Minecraft Birthday...
Entertain guests at a Minecraft-themed party with these activities inspired by the game.
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.
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.
Choose the Best Birthday Theme for Kids Ages 5-7
There are plenty of unique birthday party themes for 5, 6 and 7 year olds that allow you to be creative. Here are some ideas for incorporating the themes into the decorations, cake, invitations, favors and activities.
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.
Real Birthday Parties: Construction Theme for a...
A mom adds handmade touches to a construction birthday party she throws for her 2-year-old son.
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.
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.
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.
Birthday Party Planning for Tweens
Organizing birthdays for tweens? These ideas for themes, decorations, favors, cakes and other food will get you started, whether your child is 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12.
How to Host a Bowling Party for Kids
Hosting a bowling party for kids? Here are some ideas for decorations, cakes, invitations, favors and more.
A Sandbox of Fun
Theo's mom set up a sandbox for the kids to play in during the construction birthday party. Page 3.
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.
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.
Spring Activities for Kids
Get your kids excited about and interested in the passing of seasons with these spring activities for kids.
Dig In!
Theo's mom used toy trucks and mini road signs to decorate for his construction birthday party. Page 11.
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.
9 Indoor Activities for Wintertime Fun
When the weather is too cold for outdoor play, bring the fun indoors with these ideas for winter-themed activities.
Nine Things to do on St. Patrick's Day for Kids
Wondering what to do on St. Patricks Day for kids? From attending a parade to making a hearty Irish dinner, here are nine ideas for fun.
Firefighter Party Games
Throwing a firefighter-themed birthday bash? Guests can imitate their heroes with these ideas for firefighter party games.
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!
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.
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.
And Then Came the Backhoe
For a construction birthday party theme, hire someone to give kids for a ride on a backhoe. Page 14.
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.
Dude Ranch Party
Ideas for a kids' horseback riding party hosted at a dude ranch.
Top Winter Party Ideas
Ideas for planning kids parties with a winter theme.
A Happy Birthday Boy
Theo sits proudly in the wheel of the backhoe at his construction birthday party. Page 15.
Kids' Birthday Party Games: Human Tic Tac Toe
Looking for a game to play with a large group of kids at a birthday party? How about a few rounds of human tic tac toe, where the markers are actually the party guests?
Hard Hat Zone
At the construction birthday party's kids tables, hard hats awaited each little guest. Page 12.
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.
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.
Turn Your Backyard Into a Movie Theater in 10...
Bring the charm of the drive-in theater to your own backyard with these ideas for throwing an outdoor movie party.
Dragon-Themed Party Games
Ideas for games to play at a dragon-themed birthday party.
Barbie and the Diamond Castle Birthday Party...
How to throw a birthday party based on the movie, Barbie and the Diamond Castle, complete with ideas for games, decorations, favors and party food.
Dinosaur Cake
A reader named Debbie made this dinosaur cake for her son's birthday using fondant she made from marshmallows and powdered sugar. Page 6.
Hang Colorful Garland to Create a Charming Scene
Kids of all ages could enjoy an Alice in Wonderland party on their birthday. Alice in Wonderland party decorations should be whimsical, like this butterfly garland. Page 7.
How to Throw a Minnie's Bowtique Party
'> Image ©Christine Gauvreau These cute invitations feature mouse ears and a bow, just like Minnie makes
A Mouse Joins the Tea Party
What tea party is complete without the Alice in Wonderland dormouse peeking out of a teacup? Kids of all ages will like that party decoration. Page 9.
The Birthday Girl on a Pony
Pony rides are a perfect activity during a horse-themed birthday party. Page 13.
A Movie Cake for an 11 Year Old's Film-Themed...
Stephanie Thatcher made this popcorn and movie cake for her son's film-themed 11th birthday party. Page 3.
DIY Kids Birthday Cakes and Snacks for Parties
Wondering what type of birthday cake to make for your child's next party? Check out these ideas for kids birthday cakes, as well as other birthday party food you can make yourself.
Add Decorative Details, Like White Rabbits
Looking for Alice in Wonderland ideas for a party? Set out white rabbits on the table as decorations or give out stuffed rabbits as favors if the party is for young kids. Page 4.
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.
How to Make an Easter Basket Cake
Learn how to make a cake that looks like an Easter basket filled with treats.
Favor Table
The guests also went home with truck-shaped cookies made by Theo's mom for the construction birthday party. Page 13.
April Fool's Day for Kids
Celebrate April Fool's Day with kids using these pranks and silly tricks.
Hang "Drink Me" Signs on Bottled Beverages
In Good Company put one of Alice in Wonderland's famous lines--"Drink me"--to clever use with these signs
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.
FAQ: What ideas do you have for a dog birthday...
Is your kid in love with puppies? Throw a dog party for their next birthday following these ideas for decorations, games, food and more.
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.
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!
How to Throw a Digital Image Scavenger Hunt Party
Searching for a party idea your older kids will consider cool? How about a party where they are the one who do the searching? Plan a photo scavenger hunt and your party guests are sure to find a good time.
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.
A Simple and Sweet Party Favor
Kids of all ages could enjoy an Alice in Wonderland party on their birthday. These bookmarks would make great Alice in Wonderland favors. Page 3.
Tool-Shaped Cookies
Theos mom made cookies to serve at the construction birthday party and to give away as favors. Page 7.
Teacup Cupcakes
For dessert, serve Alice in Wonderland cupcakes either inside teacups or with fondant teacups perched on top of the frosting. Page 10.
How to Throw a Strawberry Shortcake Party
Want to revisit your childhood? Convince your birthday kid to choose a Strawberry Shortcake party theme.

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