Throw an awesome birthday party for kids without a lick of planning

I’m all about at-home birthday parties for kids. Which is not to say that they don’t stress me out, because they totally stress me out. But the idea is so appealing and old-fashioned, isn’t it? You know, if someone else would do all the planning and purchasing of said old-fashioned, appealing idea. Well, that’s where this marvelous new service steps in.

Parties By Alex is a lovely, homegrown business from mom Alexandra McGee and dad Tony Gentile, who were inspired to start the biz after planning a party for their son quickly became a major (and expensive!) hassle.

Birthday Fairies | Parties by Alex

McGee and Gentile designed five birthday party and playdate themes and put them all together, making the nicest party in box kits I’ve ever seen.The presentation is lovely, the quality of the materials is excellent and they have thought of everything, including a sample schedule for the party and possible recipe ideas in keeping with the theme.

In the Pirate Party, for example, you’ll receive pirate hats, vests, eye patches, hooks, decorations, place settings, games, prizes, goody bags, invites, thank-you cards and much more. I just threw a party for my son a few months ago and trust me, I spent waaaay more than this. But one of my favorite things about these boxes is they still feel designed with serious love. It feels like I planned it myself. You know, if I were sane enough to do so.

Pirate Party kit | Parties by Alex

Aside from Pirate, party kit themes include Princess, Fairy, Superhero and Knights and Dragons. Hopefully this business will thrive and they will be able to add more themes soon and eventually do custom parties. A big Cool Mom Picks thumbs-up for a cool mom and her cool husband making life easier for the rest of us

Check out all the different birthday party themes at Parties by Alex.


Shari Simpson love reading, cooking, and finding awesome apps for her kids. She lives in New Jersey but doesn’t dress like it. Don’t tell her we said that.

1 Comment

  • Reply March 18, 2013

    Dylan Glanzer

    I just love the “party in a box” idea. Many of my clients would love this too. I certainly will share this find with anyone who mentions they’d like me to highlight any one of these themes! I am often asked to do Princess/Pirate parties. Do you have a way to combine those?

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