Get tips and share your secrets to throwing the best kids parties from baby showers to first birthdays to graduation celebrations and everything in between.

Anonymous posted in Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mar 18

Birthday Ideas during COVID

My twins will be turning 4 next week - looking for ideas of how to make it special while keeping our social distancing. I had promised them the Children’s Museum ... but obviously that won’t be a possibility.

  • Britt
    Mar 21

    Mine is turning 9 on the 2nd and bc I suspect we’ll still be under quarantine I went and bought streamers, balloons, other decorations all in his favorite color yellow... bought a box cake and frosting which will also be yellow... then his brother picked out a few toys, a game and some other little surprises like 4 sheets of temporary tattoos, & tons of candy. Good luck 👍🏻

  • Lisa
    Mar 25

    This social distancing really has effected many kids. I know in my area we have done a drive thru celebration for our friends. Where people drive past saying happy birthday as the kids wave. We participated in one a couple days ago. You might also want to consider maybe doing a virtual party.

Elena posted in Parties Mar 06

Shared birthdays

Hello everyone my a d my sons birthday are a day apart and we like to share the party by blending a two gender theme he is turning 3 and we would like to make is special but also not to different themes that looks goofy any ideas ? Or you I just let it be hes party only ? I know I do that in the furniture office because he will ask for thing I dont want to ruin or embarrass him as he gets older

  • B
    Mar 06

    My feeling is that kids party themes should be whatever the kid is into. So pick something he likes and make that the theme. No harm celebrating you too, but as an adult do you really need a theme?

Wenonah posted in Parties Mar 03

2 year old birthday party ideas

What are some simple birthday ideas for a soon to be 2 year old? We went all out for her 1st birthday not really feeling like doing that again. I hardly got a chance to enjoy it because I the host/cook/organizer/cleaner etc. I was thinking like Chuck E Cheese or something like that. Are there things there for 2 year olds? Do they have other food items other than pizza? She’s a picky eater. Are ... More

  • Wenonah
    Mar 03

    Thank you everyone. Ya I just rented a covered picnic table at the park for $35. So relieved I was able to get one it was the last one that day. I guess April is a popular month for picnic table rentals.

  • Marcie
    Mar 04

    I did a small party at my parents house did just hot dogs. Cookies cupcakes and chips. Very simple

Nousa posted in Money Feb 20

Second Baby's first birthday

Hello everyone, I'm a little depressed as I'm planning my second child first birthday here. I brought the pictures and videos from my first child first bday and watched them. I feel like there was so much attention to her on that day. Everybody dressed up, so many gifts and decorations, balloons and bday cups and tissues. There was a big cake with her name on it and she was the princess... More

  • Anonymous
    Feb 27

    That is so awesome! I sincerely believe your son will grow up and appreciate that you gave him the same care and attention as his big sis got.

Anonymous posted in Parties Feb 11

Baby Shower Dress HELP!

I am throwing a fiesta themed baby shower and would like to wear a white, ruffled top, off the shoulder dress, but can’t seem to find any online that I like and are inexpensive (<$50). Any recommended websites from maternity dresses you’ve bought yourself? Or any ones you’ve worn that are similar and willing to give me the link to? Thanks for your help!

Anonymous posted in Parties Dec 20, 2019

Party entertainment

Looking for ideas for 4year old Birthday Party entertainment,something that both girls and boys can enjoy Thank you in advance

  • Pat
    Jan 03

    Our grandson’s 3rd birthday was at a fire company. The kids got to go on the fire truck and see the fireman put on his gear and even try some of on themselves. For his 4th birthday he took some friends to Legoland in Plymouth Meeting

2nd Birthday Gift

What did you get your child for their second birthday?

  • Anonymous
    Oct 24, 2019

    My daughter turned two last week. The best gifts she got were a Magna Doodle, hot wheels, kinetic sand, and a doctor play set. She loves all of them.

  • Age
    Oct 27, 2019

    Mega blocks and ride on vehicles (he got two- one lives outdoors one stays indoors) were both big hits. He also loved the hot wheels he got.

Birthday Party Ideas

Hi so I have a set of twins turning 4 in January. My son is autistic but my daughter isn’t. This is the first year I want to throw them a party but I don’t want to be so concerned about not overwhelming my son that my daughter doesn’t have fun. Any suggestions?

  • Mandy
    Oct 28, 2019

    What is your son sensitive to usually? If he is sensitive to sound, you could do noise cancelling headphones. My cousin's child is autistic and is Sensitive to sounds and lights. He would wear sunglasses and noise cancelling headphones in certain situations

Golden birthday

Hi! My daughter is turning two and I was wondering if you guys have any cute golden birthday ideas or traditions. I already know I’m going to get her a gold two birthday balloon and taking her to the zoo but other than that I’m lost

  • anonymous mom
    Oct 09, 2019

    I didn’t know that 2 was a golden birthday 🤦‍♀️. My daughter likes fire trucks so I ordered a cake that looked like a fire truck. Red. Not gold. Happy birthday to your little one, I hope you all have an awesome day!!! ❤️❤️

  • anonymous mom
    Oct 09, 2019

    Oh ohhhhhh but school busses are kind of golden right!? If she’s school bus obsessed like most kids are maybe something to do with a school bus!! 😍

Anonymous posted in Grade Schoolers Oct 03, 2019

Best age for 1st Sleepover

What age did your child attend/host 1st sleepover? Daughter is turning 8 years old and she would really like one. I'm wracking my brain and nerves trying to plan/prepare/make definitive decision on yes or no. I don't feel our house is big enough. Her room is upstairs. Mine is I sleep upstairs???? Go up and down15 times checking on girls? Does my hubby and 2 year old st... More

  • Cathy
    Oct 05, 2019

    Yes. I would rather have the sleepover at my own house then send my kid to someone else’s. There’s so many things to worry about and you never know if people have guns, drugs, etc.

  • Serrina F.
    Oct 09, 2019

    I have a 9 year old son and he has had several sleepovers and gone to a couple. We haven't had more than 3 boys at a time though but they were fine in his room, if we past 3 I would make them set up in the livingroom. All they did was snack, play video games and be on the laptop. I had to force them to watch a movie and eat dinner. They were up pretty late playing them dang video games but... More

3 YO Birthday Party

Hi All, looking for ideas in planning an indoor fall birthday party that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg?! Anyone else out there feel like some posts on Instagram for kids birthday parties gives them anxiety?

  • Vonda
    Sep 29, 2019

    We ordered pizza and I made a cake from scratch. Super cheap. Only had close family and friends. Used the same decorations we used last year. Easy.

  • winter
    Oct 02, 2019

    Family & Friends ! If it were up to me it would just be the 3 of us! Ha!

Anonymous posted in Parties Sep 10, 2019

What are some eco-friendly party favors for toddlers?

My little one turns 3 soon and I would love to send home party favors that are useful and eco-friendly. Thank you!

  • Emily
    Sep 12, 2019

    On the topic of seeds... you could do mini plant pots and station to paint/decorate them. Then soil and some different seed choices to plant. And a thank you sign saying something like: Watch me grow! Thanks for celebrating!

  • Chapin
    Sep 13, 2019

    Wooden train whistles - they're not super loud, which is also nice. Tiny succulents in tiny pots. Books.

Anonymous posted in Parties Sep 06, 2019

1st birthday

I’m looking for a face painter for my sons first birthday or do you have any other ideas for his birthday I wanted something fun that he could also do with the other kids is face painting a good idea I was going to get a bounce house but then decided not to because he wouldn’t get to play on it anyways I would love some insight he is my fist baby lol so I want it to be special but also somethi... More

  • Kieli
    Sep 06, 2019

    First birthday parties are fun to celebrate, it’s a huge milestone for sure! But when my daughter turned one, we kept it simple... she didn’t like her cake at all, she liked opening presents and getting snuggles from family, but after about an hour she was ready for a nap. There were no other kids there either so we didn’t plan any activities

  • Jackie
    Sep 07, 2019

    Like the others said. It might be a little much and he might not even be into it. My LO would definitely not have sat still long enough for someone to try to paint her face! It’s a cute idea but I think that’s more appropriate for 3+ as for the bouncy house if your LO isn’t a great walker it’s not gonna be much fun in my opinion. Also, if there are older or more aggressive kids they might tackl... More

Anonymous posted in Parties Sep 02, 2019

Birthday party invites

Hi! We are planning a 3rd birthday party for our son. It’s the first REAL party for him with friends. The venue we have chosen allows for 10 kids - so 9 friends. The problem is that we will not be able to allow siblings. Are there digital invitation websites that allow for you to put one child’s name on the invite OR do I have to send a paper invitation to the only child that is invited? I ... More

  • B
    Sep 04, 2019

    In the text of the digital invite, just say that space and limited and you won’t have room for siblings. Even if you just put the kids name you still need to say it very clearly as well

  • Leelee
    Sep 05, 2019

    And since it's so few kids, I say calling or speaking to the parent/s personally and again saying, sadly we won't have room for sibs.

2nd birthday party??

So my boyfriend and I are in the midst of house hunting and our little ones 2nd birthday party is coming up in two months. I'm not sure if it's the stress of life or maybe because I'm a crappy mom :/ but I have ZERO motivation to throw him a birthday party :/ Last year for his 1st birthday party, around this time I had the theme and decorations picked out! I was super excited proba... More

  • Kate
    Sep 12, 2019

    We did the party for the 1st bday and this year for 2nd we just invited family to join us at a theme park with rides. It was a no pressure thing, just something we wanted to do over the summer anyway so we made it the birthday thing. I felt like next year at 3 our daughter might be more aware of birthday parties so we thought we’d have fun but save money this year.

  • Natasha
    Sep 29, 2019

    I went all out for my daughters first birthday party. We rented a bounce house and everything! The next year for her 2nd birthday we were going to do Chuck E. Cheese but eventually went with monkey joes! They had great birthday party packs, better food, games, and fun for my little one, who (let’s face it) unfortunately will only remember from the pictures and video’s. However, my daughter, and... More

would you be offended?

Maybe I’m being extra sensitive about this, but we just went to a wedding. My husband and the groom know each other through a mutual friend. And we all tend to get together every few months, 4 couples all together. My husband and the mutual friend are close friends/work together. And we kind of entered this “group of friends” within the last couple of years. Soooo what I’m saying is that we we... More

  • cocomac
    Sep 02, 2019

    Thanks all!!!

  • Anonymous
    Sep 04, 2019

    I wouldn't be offended. You were invited through the groom. Did she even know who you guys were? If she didnt recognize you it was probably more awkward for her being whisked away by people she didnt know

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Jul 18, 2019

Food ideas

My LO’s birthday is coming up and I’m trying to plan food. We are having birthday at a playground - no grilling allowed. Need easy, not a ton of prep involved, cold food ideas for 40 that will last a few hours. Also, I don’t mind buying already prepared items - we were going to get large pizzas from our favorite pizza place. What did you all have? Ideas online tend to be way to much work and I... More

Party ideas or places to have a birthday party for two boys?

They are going to be 3 & 4. It’s my cousin’s son and my son, mine is the older one. But their birthdays are just days apart, hers is on the 29th and mine is on the 31st of August so I know it’s going to be hot but I just didn’t know what age appropriate things they could do together, last year we went to a splash pad and they had a blast so I was sure if maybe doing that again or something ... More

  • Holly Garnett-Pedreira
    Jul 14, 2019

    Chuck e cheese! I've had 2 of my sons birthdays there! Or even at a house no matter where they will love it.

  • Jennifer
    Jul 19, 2019

    Chuck e cheese can get pretty expensive, and even local kids indoor play area. They all cost around $300-$400. I'm doing my daughter bday on 7/27 at our local splash pads. We are having bbq. Foods include, hamburger, chicken wings, chow mein, vegtable skewers (mushroom, bell pepper, and zuchinni), and watermelon, chips and drinks. For birthday cake, it might melt in the heat, so I'... More

Anonymous posted in Parties Jun 29, 2019

Son turning 2 in August

We are renting out our clubhouse. They have rules that say we can’t pin,tape, nail, command stripes,etc. any ideas how to hang up streamers,balloons,backdrops without using any of those things? Because I am lost.

  • Diana
    Jun 29, 2019

    Helium balloons with weights on the floor - then run streamers between the balloons. Is there a door you could hang the backdrop over? Or if you had one of those portable clothing racks... or use stiff poster board from the dollar store taped together into a 90 degree angle for the smaller images

  • Anonymous
    Jun 29, 2019

    I love those ideas!! Definitely will try over the door. Just have to make sure nobody opens it.

Anonymous posted in Parties Jun 27, 2019

Birthday Party Times

What times for birthday parties are your favorite? I feel like anything before 12 wont work because she does an early nap. I was thinking doing a 1-5 or 2-6. Shes 2 and doesn't have friends yet so it will mostly be adults and a couple kids in the 5-10 range.

  • anonymous mom
    Jun 28, 2019

    I would schedule it so people start showing up ~30 minutes or so after you expect her to wake up from her nap. Have fun:)

  • anonymous mom
    Jun 28, 2019

    Also with regard to length of time for the party, I don’t specify an end time. I just say when to show up and give some info about what to expect food wise. My family is massive and it goes without saying that a dish to pass is expected but I still usually specify in the invite something like, “immediate family will bring a dish to pass. Burgers, dogs, appetizers, cake, beer, and drinks will be... More

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