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 Allergies & Asthma Jun 05

Birthday cake

My soon-to-be 5 yr old is allergic to colors on the icing cream. His Birthday is just round the corner. I would like him to choose his cake but I want to make sure I give him options that would suit his health. Looking for recommendations for alternate Birthday cakes. TIA.

  • Anonymous
    Jun 06

    That's a great idea. Do you know any Bakery that does it?

  • Lynn
    Jun 06

    I’m sure you can make a special request

Anonymous posted in Parenting Culture May 23

Birthday party RSVPs

We are having a birthday party for my son in 3 days.. I let my son invite the kids from his babysitters. He is 5 and has always gone there. There are about 10 kids and some are siblings... I knew a lot of people may decline because of the holiday weekend but only one parent has RSVP’d... I have no idea whether to plan on the others attending or not. It is okay either way but I would like ... More

  • Vonda
    May 30

    I always rsvp or at least let people know if I can’t make it asap. I know how important it is to plan for an event. I’d remind everyone to rsvp again. Some people need an extra nudge. Sometimes you have to say it face to face or over a phone call. It’s not a dying art. I always do rsvp for birthdays, our wedding, parties, etc. It makes sure I plan accordingly so there is less waste and knowin... More

  • Mysticnocturne
    Jun 05

    I agree with the people in support of RSVPing. I always do party favors, and I would hate for a kid to be left out because there are not enough, but I also don't want to buy 20 if only 5 kids are attending. I also like it when parents *ASK* is siblings can also attend and not assume that they can. I don't mind- as long as I know in advance- but again- I need to know numbers to make sure... More

Anonymous posted in Parties May 06

Birthday party ideas

for almost 1 year old girl. Something simple and affordable. Thank you

  • Kelley
    May 07

    If you buy the first birthday cake from king soopers, they give you a free smash cake with it!

  • Bethany
    May 08

    We did a park and did the very hungry caterpillar theme. You can make a lot of the decor and food is cheap. Lots of diy

Anonymous posted in Parties May 03

Hello all, my daugther will be 1 in june. I need simple and affordable birthday party ideas.

I grew up in Africa and there were no such thing as birthday party. When its your birthday, its just a typical day. In this country, birthday parties is more popular and im pressured to do something as everyone keeps asking. At least having her first birthday will be her feel special. Any ideas on how to start etc. Food? Kids? I'm cluless. What did you all di. Thank you.

  • Andy
    May 07

    Pretty simple. We just invite family/friends over and go to the park or do it in the backyard. We eat something simple like pizza or do a potluck. We usually have some of babies favorite foods. Fruit typically. We make a birthday cake and a mini cake just for baby. The highlight of the party is watching baby smash the little cake and eat it. We don’t do sugar really until this moment so it’s... More

Yanis posted in Parties Apr 25

Second birthday without a party

We decided not to throw a party for our daughter who will be 2 next month, what are some ways to make the day special?

  • Laura
    Apr 25

    Our daughter loves singing Happy Birthday and having cake with candles, so that would be enough to make a day special.

  • Alexis
    Apr 27

    We decorate our son's door, make him a special bfast, give him his gift, and read him his special birthday story (dr suess birthday book or whatever its called). We usually go out for lunch or dinner and do something fun for the day like go to the childrens museum or some other fun place that we dont normally go to. We finish off the day with a bowl of ice cream and some family time. (We no... More

Anonymous posted in Marriage & Partnership Apr 24

Wedding anniversary? Celebrate 5yrs stupid?

Ok so we hit 5yrs next year. And I know everybody normally does a 10 yr celebration, but if my husband is up for it I want to do maybe like a big celebration (if it’s even possible as we live 24hrs away from all of our family) or maybe an informal vow renewal. In my mind the first 5 years are hard. That’s where you truly learn everything about each other and come to love it and become one. For ... More

  • T
    Apr 25

    I think EVERY year you make is cause for a celebration. Whether it be big or small. The first five are the most trying.

  • Anonymous
    Apr 26

    That’s what I was thinking. He’s in the military and the last five years was the hardest with him have to go out to sea and the we had a child who is turning two this year. We are still striving. Be nice to do that big celebration.

Anonymous posted in Parties Apr 10

Friday the 13th birthday party?

My daughter’s birthday this year is on Friday the 13th. We are big Halloween fans in our family so I want to incorporate some of this into her party but still keep it girly. Any suggestions?

  • Dana
    Apr 12

    My daughter was born on the 13th we talked about doing this when it falls on a Friday! Does she like Vamparina? I’d watch some episodes of that to get a few girly spooky ideas. Good luck!

  • Anonymous
    Apr 12

    Thank you all for the wonderful ideas! She’ll be turning two so it will have to just be spooky - not scary. I’m excited! Thanks again!

Krystal posted in Parties Apr 04

Wedding guest colors

So, I'm attending a wedding soon. I know the traditional rules are to not wear white so I selected a pink sheath. However, I recently found out from the brides mother that the wedding dress is actually a blush pink... the same shade as my sheath. Would it still be appropriate to wear? Or should I return it?

  • Mama
    Apr 10

    I wouldn’t wear it. The bride picked that color to be unique 🤷🏽‍♀️ sorry 😖

  • Erin
    Apr 11

    I feel like it’s not expected of you to know that info. There will likely be a lot of blush pink dresses there...

Is 2 years old too young for Legoland?

I'm planning to take my son to San Diego for his 2nd birthday. I'm debating whether to take him to the SD zoo or Legoland. I've never been to Legoland so I don't know much about it. I've been to SD zoo and love it.

  • Lynn
    Mar 23

    I’d skip naps for special outings. You May pay for it later, but it’s worth it and perhaps he will go to sleep immediately when you put him to bed.

  • Joanna
    Mar 24

    I took my 20 month old and 4 yo to Legoland this month. They both had a lot of fun. For a 2 yo, I'd bring a stroller and let him nap, ideally while we eat lunch. I'd pick Legoland over the zoo, because of the water park (just splash areas for small kids) and being physical. At the zoo, it's hard to see all the animals in some of the exhibits so he's on my shoulders or in the str... More

Joe posted in Parties Feb 09

My baby is 11 months

His birthday is March, can I get helpful ideas please... My first child and want it to be magical thank you

  • Joneen Driver
    Feb 09

    I did an Uno card game theme for my son’s first birthday. Uno because he was turning one & it was something unique. I was tired of the usual characters everyone picks for parties. I wanted something simple but fun for my son’s first birthday since he’ll have many years of telling me the themes he wants. And it turned out awesome! Everyone loved it! I also picked a really cool place that jus... More

Andraya posted in Parties Feb 06

1 year old Birthday ideas

Hello my daughter will be one years old this month on the 14 which is (Valentine's day). I want to asked anyone who could help me with some ideas of putting her party together which will be at home. I would like to buy her a nice gift that I hope she would love from her mom and dad. What should I buy her?

  • Andraya
    Feb 07

    Thanks you everyone the advice was very helpful😘

  • Julie
    Feb 07

    Okay so first things first, she’s just the cutest!!! Love her big eyes and expression!! ❤️❤️😍 We had a big party for my daughters first but I have a huge family. I have the tally somewhere but there were close to 100 people at her first party and every one of them was family on my side except for my best friend and her daughter. No joke, and this wasn’t even extended family, it was sisters/... More

Anonymous posted in Parties Jan 05

Have you ever held your kid’s birthday at a park, but without reserving a pavilion?

We’ve almost always had our daughter’s birthdays at a park, reserving a pavilion. The weather is great this time of year here and it has worked out well. This year however, I’m trying to keep costs way down and considering just asking people to bring blankets & chairs to a chosen park. If you’ve ever done that, would you recommend?

  • Keri
    Jan 10

    We had our daughter bday at a park that doesn’t have a fee to reserve (typically at parks without restrooms). It was tricky and my husband got clever with a portapotty and tarp. It worked out well.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 11

    Does the park system in your area have a list of rentable areas, and which are still available? If you've got a park that's big enough that it's got plenty of picnic areas, you could commit to a particular park and finalize the site the day-of (and let people know via e-vite/text updates, etc.)

Suggestions for birthday party goodie bags for 2 yr. olds that won’t be more “junk” for parents?

  • Megan
    Jan 01

    We went to a birthday party recently and the parents had a big bucket full of all the goodies that normally go in goodie bags and let the kids go through the bucket. What I liked about it was if a kid grabbed something their parents didn’t want them to have (like bubbles for our 1 yr old cause she’d try to drink it) they could exchange it for something else and the kids seemed ok with it. No ne... More

  • Emily
    Jan 05

    Maybe have an arts and crafts set up at the party and what they make ends up being their party souvenir - perhaps just provide a themed bag to take it home with? Then the ‘gift’ is more thoughtful and less inclined to be seen as more ‘stuff.’ Of course if they don’t want to take it home or make one they don’t have to either.

Tj posted in Parties Dec 23, 2018

First child’s birthday party right after sibling’s birth?

My second child is due about 1-2 weeks before my son’s 2nd birthday. I want him to have a birthday party, but at the same time I won’t be in the position to do much organizing and I’m concerned about bringing my newborn. Any suggestions of easy party ideas? Should I be concerned about germs and the new baby if she’s generally kept in her bassinet?

  • Elle
    Dec 24, 2018

    Sorry, I read the numbers in the first sentence too quickly. I misread it as his first bday (not his 2nd). Given it will be his 2nd bday, I take back the part of my comment about skipping it. Suggest doing something smaller, lower effort, but meaningful to all. The important thing is that he has a fun experience and feels loved.

  • MommyDear
    Dec 24, 2018

    Do something small, you can even do it at a pizza place so you don’t have to do any of the decoration and clean-up. As long as you celebrate & give your toddler some well deserved attention, specially with a new baby on the way, that’s all that matters. When my little one was born, we made sure to give my toddler son extra attention & random little (and inexpensive) gifts just so he did... More

First birthday party tomorrow!

Trying to find activities and games for us adults but all I can find are baby shower related ones. Any ideas? Looking for stuff like this..

  • Andy
    Dec 07, 2018

    For the 2nd or 3rd birthday with just the adults we had a Daniel Tiger song contest with rules similar to Hollywood Squares. The lyrics to a Daniel tiger jingle were given to one of the teams and they had to sing the song with the right tune or confidently the wrong tune. The other team had to decide if they sang it right. It was ridiculous and very entertaining.

Cake smash substitution ideas??

My boy is 1 in a few days 🤯 Any ideas on cake substitutions for a cake smash photo session? He’s not allergic to anything, just don’t want to introduce artificial sugars yet.

  • Cassandra
    Dec 06, 2018

    I’ve seen a spaghetti smash and a pizza smash!

  • Michelle
    Dec 07, 2018

    We made a small cake using banana as the sweetener and used blueberries with Yogurt as frosting. None of it had added sugars. She loved it!

Anonymous posted in Parties Nov 28, 2018

Baby shower for 2nd baby?

I just found out I am 10 weeks pregnant. For my first baby (who is currently 16 months), we had a huge baby shower with family and friends. But, for this baby, I don't think it’ll be right to have another baby shower. For one, we moved out of state & secondly, everyone always judges those who have baby showers back to back. I was thinking of only doing a registry if anyone wants to get ... More

  • Lauren
    Dec 19, 2018

    I think a registry is a good idea for a second baby. Even if you don’t have a shower it is very likely that people will want to send you a gift and having a registry makes it easy. You’re also less likely to get gifts that you don’t need.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 12

    People who didn’t have a shower for your second baby did no one ask to throw you one or did you turn them down? I wasn’t going to have one but a friend asked and I felt rude saying no.

First year!

My daughter will be 1 next week! What did you moms do for your little one's first birthday?

  • Kieli
    Nov 26, 2018

    My daughters first birthday was in June, and I wanted to do a park get together but it was way to hot. So I just invited immediate family over to my (small) apartment for lunch and cake. Mostly so they could see her

  • Aje
    Nov 27, 2018

    We had a Curious George party in the backyard. It was just our siblings and their kids and our parents. Most of the decorations were pretty generic and purchased from the dollar store. Despite that it looked really great. I made some decorations as well. I bought two plastic pools and we filled one with sand and one with rice. I put out a small ball pit for the babies and some balls of various ... More

Small house for a 3yr old birthday party

We live in a 2 bedroom house and having my son’s 3rd birthday party there in December. My husband had the idea of friends with kids to schedule the party 12-4 and have relatives come 3-6pm. Or just have everyone come? Last year it got really tight. Has anyone ever done this?

  • Victoria
    Nov 24, 2018


  • Lindsey
    Nov 25, 2018

    I ended up making friends at 12-4 and family 2-6. Most of my friend have kids his age and my nieces so they will be there that time. The only person I need to tell what’s happening is my father-in-law. He comes over an hour early. But even when I tell him I assume he’s going to disregard it and come anytime he wants. 😂but he’ll be the one dealing with 12kids screaming and running around.

Anonymous posted in Parties Nov 19, 2018

Holiday Work Parties

The holidays are coming and that means work parties! But for anyone who is pregnant and still not out about it, that means making excuses for not drinking. My boss is already talking up the amazing wine he bought for our party and how he can’t wait for everyone to try it. I am not sure what excuse I will use yet, so give me what you got!

  • Kelly
    Nov 19, 2018

    That you’re being the designated driver?

  • Ivana
    Nov 19, 2018

    Bring some cranberry juice along in a flak and pour it into an empty wine glass. Worked for me :)

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