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Creative Kids’ Birthday Party Ideas

Easy-to-pull-off party ideas, including fun suggestions for decorations, food, activities, and more.

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How to Make a Birthday Banner
Five simple steps to creating party garland with serious pop.

Birthday Party Theme: Stripes
Simple and surprising ideas for pulling off a cheery celebration.

Birthday Party Theme: Magic
Throw an enchanted celebration with the right amount of fun and flair.

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24 Creative Goody Bag Ideas

From magic to secret agent, these clever favors correspond to a fun party theme.
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3 Party Themes for Kids

Make your child's next get-together unforgettable with one of these easy party ideas.
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Budget-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Save the serious check writing for her Sweet Sixteen. These three parties (with throw-it-together themes) are big fun for the 10-and-under set.
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Etiquette Guide to Kids’ Birthday Parties

Follow this list of dos and don’ts to solve sticky situations that may arise when hosting or attending a kid’s birthday bash.
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Great Gift Ideas

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31 Unique Birthday Gifts for Kids
Surprising picks you can wrap up for the next party.

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51 Birthday Gift Ideas for Kids
These truly awesome picks (for kids of all ages) are under $25 each. Now, that’s something to celebrate.

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Child’s At-Home Birthday Party Checklist

Whether you’re celebrating indoors or in the backyard, with pin the tail on the donkey or an entire petting zoo, this timeline will make for a very happy birthday with all the bases covered.

  • Discuss with your child what kind of party he or she wants. Dinosaur party? A celebration of all things Dora? Let your child help pick; the theme will help narrow down decoration and activity choices.

    Related: 3 Themed Children’s Birthday Parties

  • Decide whom to invite. Do you need to ask the entire class, or does your child just want his six best friends? The type of party may dictate how many kids you can host (in other words, a Guitar Hero competition may work best with fewer contestants).
  • Line up any entertainment you may want. The earlier the better—it’s no fun telling your child that the magician she has her heart set on is already booked. Ask for references of people who have used the entertainers recently, and check up. Be sure to ask if there are any setup requirements.

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