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.

Victoria posted in DIY Monday

1st birthday decoration ideas for a boy (Elmo theme)?

Birthday outfit ideas and gift ideas?

Anonymous posted in Parties Monday


Do you prefer an actual invitation in the mail or a group on social media? I hate social media groups and would much rather send out actual invites, but I'm wondering what is more practical and easy to remember.

  • Anne

    Email invitation for me! I miss stuff on FB.

  • Ashley

    Email or paper invitation. I also love instructions to text or email to rsvp because I hate phone calls lol

Victoria posted in Parties May 30

Need suggestions and ideas.

Good birthday ideas and birthday themes for a first birthday?

  • Jennifer
    May 31

    My son had Sesame Street my daughter is getting super hero’s.

  • Rachel
    Jun 01

    we had a garden party theme at the park for my daughter’s first birthday. i made lots of paper flowers! it was very floral and pretty.

Joli posted in Parties May 30

Birthday idea?

My son will be 2 and I’m stuck between keeping it small because he will not remember or going big just to accommodate the whole family. 🧐

  • Candace
    May 31

    My son turned 2 a few weeks ago and we took him to the Aquarium rather than throw a party. I only invited my mil to the Aquarium. We had lunch afterwards and a few other family members joined us there. We went home, had cake, ice cream and opened some presents. It was so much easier than all the planning/decorating we did for his 1st.

  • Mary
    May 31

    There is no such thing as small in my family. I have 5 brothers and sisters, 4 bro/ sis in laws, both set of grandparents in town and 7 nieces and nephews. 8 sets on Great Aunts/ Uncles in town. We do a party at home everyone is invited, everyone brings a side dish the more the merrier. I want my daughter to always be surrounded by people who love her and want to celebrate her. Also doesn’t hur... More

Anonymous posted in Parties May 25

"Your presence is your present" - Navigating no-present birthday parties

My 2.5 year old son was invited to the birthday party of a girl in his class. On the invite it says, "Your presence is your present". Do the parents really mean this? Am I jerk if I follow the instructions or am I a jerk if I bring something anyway? If it was a relative or a close friend, I would ask and maybe give something, possibly a gift card? I barely know the parents, but mom is... More

  • Janelle
    May 29

    I agree with just bringing a book in this circumstance.

  • Anonymous
    May 31

    Oh Kate! That sounds horrible. Did it say specifically “no gifts” or did it say “your presence is your present”? Ryan is making me think twice about the wording!

Sara posted in Parties May 19

Cute idea: “birthday” party for older sibling

I’m going to be induced in a couple days to deliver my second daughter. My aunt who has been helping watch my 3yo daughter made her a whole birthday party to celebrate her sister being born. She got presents and everything. My 3yo felt really special!

  • JJ
    May 19

    We did something like this for our kids each time I got knocked up. Since I loathe showers and absolutely abhor getting gifts, we did a “big sister/big brother” party each time rather than a shower and focusing on silly stuff like that. Everything was centered on becoming an older sibling and their favorite things instead of the new sibling. Those are some of my favorite days.

  • Alana
    May 20

    So stinking cute! Love this idea. Will definitely do this when we have number 2!

My oldest is finishing elementary this year. Thoughts on a 5th grade graduation party with family?

  • Sarah
    May 17

    I like it! In my opinion any reason to get cake and celebrate your kiddos is a good one!

Victoria posted in Parties May 15

Any suggestions on a 1st birthday party for a boy (elmo theme)?

  • Sara
    May 16

    Elmo theme is great because there’s so much stuff available on Amazon for it.

Amy posted in In-Laws May 14

Birthday party planning!!

I want to plan 1 single birthday party for my son. But my fiance says 2 seperate parties would be better. 1 with my parents and 1 with his parents. We live in the same state...30 minutes from his and an hour from mine. He was originally going to plan the whole thing until he gave me the reins to plan it all. His mom doesn't like being around alot of people. We've had a few issues but we... More

  • Ana
    May 15

    Im in a similar situation my family lives in Mexico and my mom doesn't have a visa and my in laws live here but they are too sick to travel so I have to do 2. However our guests on both sides are about 15-20 each so it's a little different. If you just have a handful of guests I would do 1 party. An hour isn't that far specially for their grandbaby.

  • Geraldine
    May 15

    One party. There’s no need to strain yourself financially to make everyone comfortable. It’s supposed to be about your little one anyway.

Kylea posted in Parties May 09

First birthday

We still have ways to go for is first birthday but we still don’t know what to do for it. Everyone usually has a house party but our place is not big enough and we are not big on entertaining people. We looked at events but my mom feels like that would be a waste of money. Any suggestions?

  • Jenn
    May 09

    I was really against doing a 1st yr party (still am, we just do a family outings now). I got talked into and we ended doing a potluck w/our closest friends and family. We were actually going to do it at a bar (around brunch) but the event room in our building ended up being available (and free of cost) so we did it there. It was the first time we were able to get together w/everyone since she w... More

  • Jordyn
    May 10

    We just did a potluck/BBQ at my moms (my place is small too), or maybe a park? It’s cheaper, easy, and we just got a cheap cake for my son to destroy. Worth it! He loved it! He enjoyed crinkling the wrapping paper more than the presents and we just put him in his jumper. It was fun. You don’t have to get all crazy with a theme. We didn’t do any decorating or buy anything except some burgers and... More

Anonymous posted in Parties May 07

Birthday party HELP!

Hi all, I really really need advice. I have a 3 yr old boy who’s birthday is July 10 and a 9 month baby girl born July 11. He will be 4 and she will be 1. How can I combine it together? I can’t even think of a theme. This will be the first time I’m throwing a bday party 🤦🏻‍♀️😕 and I don’t know what to do. I’m really stressed out. Please help me...🙏Thank you!

  • Kay
    May 08

    I my two younger children are 4yrs apart but there bdays are only 3 days apart this year we got a cake from Sam's Club with both of there pictures on it, and did a bounce house party with a super hero/ princess them and everyone loved it! Good luck and remember to just have fun because the kids sure will no matter what do😊😉

  • Hannah
    May 08

    My niece and nephew are a day apart and they did Minnie and Mickey last year. They just had a picnic at the park and it was perfect!

April posted in Parties May 04

Pittsburgh theme children’s birthday

Any ideas? I have a few things already like black and yellow balloons and crepe paper

  • Sara
    May 04

    Steelers, Pirates, Penguins stuff/decorations?

  • j
    May 05

    For boys - bridges and boats?

Charles posted in Parties May 03

Hey All - so we’re doing a ‘kidchella’ themed 1st bday party for my daughter... We’ll likely have it in our backyard. Has anyone done kidchella themed party before? If so (even if not) - any cool ideas?

  • Paige
    May 05

    This is an awesome party theme!

  • Mac
    May 08

    I would look up Festival, eclectic and boho on Pinterest.

Chelsea posted in Parties Apr 25

I am just really looking for a first birthday theme. Ideas?

  • Kelly
    Apr 26

    I’m doing a garden party/bumblebee theme for my daughter this summer 😊

  • Deana
    Apr 26

    I did "dragons love tacos". Because, adults Love Tacos!

What do you feed kids at a birthday party at a park? Age range 6 months to 12 years of age.

  • Laura
    Apr 29

    Oh and a cupcake cake - also cuts down on paper goods and kids and adults love cupcakes!

  • Megan
    Apr 30

    We did my son’s first birthday at a park and put all the food on kabobs. We had PB&J sandwiches, caprese “salad” (skewered mozzarella, basil and tomatoes), and turkey sandwiches. Plus banana “popsicles” (cold bananas everyone could add toppings to) and cupcakes

Carolina posted in Parties Apr 17

We are celebrating my little one’s first birthday at a park. Family and close friends. I am just not sure how big this should be. Everyone is telling me that the first year I should not worry so much. Still I need to think of drinks, food and party favors, right? How about decoration? What ideas do you have for a first birthday?

  • Erik the Gray
    Apr 21

    I made my son a bread pan sized chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, we invited some close friends over, and he got to shove his face full of cake with his bare hands. He had a blast, and the whole thing was very inexpensive and not time consuming. I’m the stay at home chef though, so my cake making skills are already developed. My wife and I call it the cake-face party. We thought it was a... More

  • Carolina
    Apr 21

    Thank you everyone!!! I will try to make it small but memorable. It is definitely a rite of passage for all of us!!!

Anne posted in Parties Apr 16

Graduation party ideas?

My godson is graduating in May! We're planning a surprise party and I'm looking for some unique and fun ideas. I'm super proud and I want it to be really memorable. Thanks in advance!

  • Katie
    Apr 17

    For my party we did breakfast and it was delicious!

  • Ro
    Apr 20

    1st birthday party ideas ? It’s in mid June . I was thinking of some petting zoo or park. I’m new to California and not sure if the weather will be too hot to host something outdoors . I wouldn’t mind any beach picnic recommendations too. Thanks in advance !

Jennifer posted in Parties Apr 08

Anyone have experience in joint birthdays? My son turns 3 he he day before my daughter turns 1. I’m lost how to balance this. His first birthday was huge. His second birthday was cupcakes we picked up from a bakery on the way to the hospital and we sang and ate in the labor and delivery room. How do I give my daughter a just as deservingly big celebration for her first, while still giving him a... More

  • Anonymous
    Apr 12

    My sons are fraternal twins, born 2 minutes apart. On top of that, my cousin (who has always been like my big sister) was born the same day! The boys shared every party, but always had their own cake. They also shared their graduations from pre-school, grade 8 and high school...First Communion, Confirmation...When cousin was available for birthdays, she shared them with us and we had a cake for... More

  • Kerri
    Apr 15

    We did a joint party for our 3 year old and 1 year old. We invited a lot of kids to a trampoline park nearby. Both kids had a ton of fun.

Laura posted in Parties Apr 08

Can anyone give me ideas for a 2 years bday party? I'm not doing anything to big but want him to have fun. He can't sit still these days so something that can keep him busy and will be fun.

Melody posted in Parties Apr 05

Idea about a little girl’s first birthday party? My daughter is 5 mos old, but I’m beginning to budget/plan for her first birthday. I really want a princess type party, but kind of straying away from that since there are a lot of little boys in her life. Any ideas???

  • Jan
    Apr 10

    For my little girl's one year I did Curious george themed party as most of her friends were boys and were quite older than her around 5 -7 yrs old. The party was a hit. We had lots of fun activities which both girls and boys enjoyed.

  • Krissel
    May 10

    Any ideas of where can be plan a party for a 1 y.o (is for my nephew) 💗

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