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Tips and activities for every age.

Party Tips and Ideas

Take 15 of your child’s best friends, add cake, candles and balloons, sprinkle with goody bags and you’ve got a birthday party. Right?

Wrong! Hosting a birthday party isn’t always a piece of cake. It takes planning, guts and, for the most memorable parties, a dash of creativity. The cake and decorations are the easy part. It’s the activities and games that provide the most parental anxiety as the big day approaches. So, how do you keep everyone entertained and engaged, while also keeping your sanity intact? Easy, just check out some of the following tips and resources to ensure that your child's celebration will be a huge success:

Tips and activities for every age.

1st Birthday

Ages 2 - 4

Ages 5 -7

Ages 8 -10

Party Tips and Ideas:

The Truth About Birthday Parties
… From Parents (and Kids!) Who've Been There

If you've ever lain awake at night worrying about your child's birthday party, you're not alone... Planning a birthday party is stressful. Maybe that's why there are so many books and Web sites offering ideas for games, themes and decorations. Great stuff - but how do you know what will work?

Tween & Teens: Friends are very important to preteens and teens. They want their friends to think that they are cool – and that makes traditional birthday parties not so cool.">How to Host a Great Birthday Bash: The general (but often ignored) rule of thumb is to invite s many children as there are candles on the cake. Stick to it – you’ll be glad you did.

How to Host a Memorable, Fun-Filled Birthday Party at Home: The best parties can happen at home without spending a lot of money. All it takes is a bit of planning and creativity.

Home Birthday Parties: Activities and Goodies: A craft project is a great way to keep guests occupied until everyone arrives. Introduce a group art activity to help break the ice. Create a party mural or decorate a birthday tablecloth.

Birthday Parties With the Pros: Whether you are planning a party at home, or an event at an indoor playground, a good party requires research and advanced planning...

Birthday Parties at Home: Cake and Thank-yous The centerpiece of a birthday is the cake... most kids care about how it looks so don’t hesitate to use a mix and save your energy for the decorations.

Birthday Parties With The Pros: Planning: A good rule of thumb is one helper for every three kids under age 5 or every five kids under age 10.

Birthday Parties: Are You Game? Activities to Keep All Ages Busy and Entertained

Birthday Party Resources: There are dozens of books offering birthday party ideas and tips. Here are a few of the standouts and newer offerings

Everyday Etiquette: The Art of the Thank-You Note
Is a young child exempt from a note? Do they have to actually write it themselves? What if they are too young? Is a thank-you note always necessary? Will an email thank-you note suffice? The rule is this...

Everyday Etiquette: The Thank You Note: The Art (and Obligation) of the Thank-You Note

The 10 Commandments of Birthday Parties: You may have done it all before, but to be on the safe side, take a moment to review these tips...

The 90-Minute Birthday Party Plan: Here’s a quick outline for a 90-minute party...

10 Tips for Throwing a Successful Bash: You can offer your child and his guests a good time without breaking your wallet. Here are 10 hints to help you pull off a successful bash without going crazy, busting your budget or taking the week off from work!