Birthdays

Whether it’s a milestone number, or just a day that marks another year older, birthdays are always special occasions. We have all the ideas and tips to throw a memorable birthday party, serve crowd-pleasing food, and choose the perfect gift. If you’re planning a bash for your child, there are plenty of things to account for—and it can get pretty stressful. Luckily we’ve simplified the process for you. Our at-home birthday party checklist will keep you organized and prepared, plus you can check out all the budget-friendly birthday party ideas for kids that will impress (and save you a buck or two). For adult celebrations, there are some unique ways to decorate a cake, as well as gift ideas for the friend who has just about everything. Plus, if you’re tired of the generic decorations at the store, we have some easy DIY ideas to make the party space worthy of the occasion.

Yellow Cake With Vanilla Frosting and White Chocolate Chips

Say hello to your new go-to yellow cake recipe. The moist but light end result will have you swearing off the convenience of the boxed stuff for good. After baking and cooling two simple round cakes, you’ll layer then, with frosting in the center, before frosting the exterior, too. We covered the side with two cups of white-chocolate chips for a gorgeous, all-white effect, but you could also employ chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, or even small pieces of candy, to fit your party’s theme. But hey, no party required to whip up this simple but stunning cake. It’s that delicious.

How to Make a Piñata

This super simple DIY piñata—no paper mache required—is sure to make any party that much sweeter.

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.

20 Quick Centerpiece Ideas

You’d be surprised by what you can make in no time.

How To: Make DIY Confetti

Two simple steps for creating bright and festive filler for party balloons.

Throw a Birthday Party That’s Pure Magic

Throw an enchanted celebration with the right amount of fun and flair.

13 Homemade Thank-You Note Ideas

Clever ways to say “thank you” for birthday gifts, holiday gifts, and no reason at all.

3 Insanely Fun Party Themes for Kids

Make your child's next get-together unforgettable with one of these easy party ideas.