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.

Steal This Amazing—and Dirt-Cheap!—Birthday Party Idea

It takes some sneaky planning, but your kids will love it.

5 Party Desserts for Kids

Need a kid-pleasing party centerpiece or a whimsical sweet? Try one of these clever edible creations.

How to Stack and Frost a Layer Cake    

Get our tips and tricks for stacking and frosting a beautiful, professional-looking cake every time.

How to Make a Piñata

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

New Uses for Party Hats

It’s just not a birthday party without these cone-shaped hats. When your guests go home, put the leftovers to good use with these clever household hacks.

20 Easy Cake Recipes

Baking a cake from scratch doesn’t have to be daunting—try one of these easy recipes for crumb cake, cheesecake, chocolate cake, and more.

51 Great Birthday Gifts Under $25

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