Your kids' birthdays are easily their favorite day of the year, but it can be a stressful one for parents. From gifts to invitations and cakes, there is so much to plan, buy, and get ready for the big day. With a little help from our resources, you can have everything chosen and prepared in no time.
Birthday Party Planning
Party planning doesn't have to be stressful or complicated. Whether you need help choosing invitations, favors, a theme or a location, you can find inspiration, ideas, and information here. Other important aspects to think about include:
Stumped for party themes? While older kids will undoubtedly let you know what theme they want, for younger children you can select a favorite book, character, movie, sport, or hobby. Some popular ideas include:
For preschoolers, concepts such as backwards or transportation make great themes, as do television shows such as Dora the Explorer, Bob the Builder, Backyardigans, and Handy Manny.
Cake, Cake, Cake
Everybody loves cake, and it's an essential part of the birthday celebration. If you decide to make your own cake every year, you might find yourself running out of ideas for decorating. Check out these collections:
And who says you have to have cake? Cupcakes are a hot new trend as an alternative to traditional cakes, and are just as much fun!
Attending Kids' Birthdays
If you're a parent, going to other kids' birthday parties is probably a frequent occurrence, which means that lots of ideas for all those gifts and cards should be readily available. If you're on a budget, look for gifts that are affordable, but have a big impact, such as a book. To go with it, use a free printable birthday card, or for a more personalized touch, let your kids color cards for their friends.
Whether planning a birthday party for your own child or one in your family, or attending a birthday party for somebody else, we have resources to help you out every step of the way. With careful planning and lots of good ideas, birthdays can be all about fun, and not about the stress of planning and organizing.