Category: Party Time!

Throw a family-friendly fiesta with these quick and easy Cinco de Mayo party ideas

There was a time when Cinco de Mayo meant tequila, nachos, and, well, more tequila. But, now that we have kids, we’ve dialed back the drinking and dialed up the family-friendly fun so that we can all enjoy a Mexican fiesta on the fifth of May. If you feel like getting in on the action, check out these easy Cinco de Mayo party ideas—over 24 finds from decorations to activities, songs to recipes—to help make your day fun for all ages. Comida (Food) First and foremost, in my house, Cinco de Mayo means Mexican food. If it does in...

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Don’t throw out those cups!

As my NYC neighborhood catches spring fever big time this weekend, I’m suddenly digging all the picnic supplies out of hiding. One thing I could use but don’t have: reusable plastic cups. Since my kids have started using real glasses, I guess we just don’t have any. But I will, after grabbing a couple four-packs of these reusable plastic party cups from One Hundred 80 Degrees. They look so much like the disposable plastic ones from Solo, it’s almost disconcerting when you lift it up and feel the weight of melamine. But they’re such a smart alternative to disposable cups...

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18 easy cake decorating ideas that make a store-bought cake something super special.

We want our kids’ birthday cakes to be perfect. I mean, you only turn 5 (or 7 or 9 or 13) once, right? But it can be daunting trying to copy so much of the beautiful stuff online created by trained pastry chefs. See also: Cakewrecks. So on behalf of our birthday gift guide sponsor, the cool cakes in your grocery store bakery and freezer case, we tracked down some of the most creative cake decorating ideas that we could actually do ourselves. Hey, we’re busy! We’re all for saving time by buying an affordable but yummy store-bought cake then adding...

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Reusable personalized birthday banners that you’ll want to look at more than once a year.

As much as I love party decorations, I hate throwing them out at the end of the day. I don’t even like throwing out paper tablecloths, after they’re torn, which, I know. My own issue. So I always love finding party decor that can be reused. I think the reusable personalized birthday banners from our friends at Blue Without You Kids are just adorable. The Etsy shop is known for their handmade soft mobiles and gorgeous but affordable embroidery hoop art, so banners seem to be a perfect addition to the line. While there are some cool handmade pennant buntings and a really...

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It’s here! Our first big Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide!

We are so excited to launch our brand new, first ever Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide, featuring more than 100 of the coolest birthday gifts for kids of all ages. Whoo! Over the years, we’ve been asked a zillion times (not even exaggerating there) for kids’ birthday gift ideas so we decided, hey, why not put them all together in one big, awesome guide for you all, featuring the coolest gifts of the year? You’ll find so many of the best birthday gift ideas to suit any budget, from those special first birthday gifts  to developmental toys for toddlers, all the way through those hard-to-shop-for tweens...

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Tips and tricks for throwing the best Oscar party, serving the best food and drinks, and making off with the Oscars pool.

Sunday night is Oscar Night! Or as so many of us think of it, Oscar party night. So I’ve scoured the web for some easy Oscars party tips and printables, because it’s the perfect excuse to get together with friends, dish on the dresses, talk through the technical categories, and tweet your favorite snarky comments. And of course, set up your Netflix and Amazon lists for the next few months. Because like so many parents, I’ve only seen a couple of the movies nominated. Except the animated category, of course. We’ve seen all those. Twice.. Related Post: Where to to see all...

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10 of the most outrageous gender reveal party ideas. Cool or just…whoa.

It seems the days of simply announcing whether your baby is a boy or girl seem to be long gone. The latest trend in baby showers that shows no signs of waning is the gender reveal party — personalized, meticulously planned, sometimes messy events with executions that can be so time-consuming, we can only imagine that these ideas are conceived by parents who know they will never, ever have this much free time available to them ever again. On one hand, we have to say we’re wildly impressed with the creativity. On the other hand, you kind of have to ask yourself honestly whether there are actually more than...

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Give your memory some backup with The Birthday Poster from Sticky Bellies

All of my kids’ birthdays are milestone birthdays in my eyes, though I’m not always so good at remembering the details of each passing year other than maybe the cake we served at the party. Hey, I really like cake. But with Sticky Bellies’ new personalized birthday poster, I can capture that special moment in time a lot more effectively than my memory seems able to do. The Birthday Poster is a large 2’x3′ matte paper poster that you customize with markers, glitter, stickers, or anything else that helps personalize this special work of art. Even a black Sharpie and your best...

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Pretty paper plates and cups that feed America’s hungry families

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only mom who races to my kids’ school party volunteer signups to be sure I can claim “plates and forks.” Honestly, the holidays are busy enough without having to bake eight dozen cookies. (And bless you parents who do sign up for cookie duty!) Whether it’s for the classroom or my own parties and holiday entertaining, I still prefer something more festive than boring white paper plates, so I was excited to discover the new line of modern paper plates and other dinnerware items from Cheeky Home. Cheeky launched just last week with these bright, cheerful designs exclusively at Target. But in case the...

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The coolest, not-so-scary monster party ideas for Halloween

Halloween parties may be the most fun for me, because there are just so many cool Halloween party ideas, especially for kids. Instead of just going with a standard “Halloween” theme, you can get more specific and find a theme that lends itself to creative decor, invitations, activities, and of course, lots and lots of snacks. So we’ve taken the time to track down tons of ideas we love, starting with a monster Halloween party. Of course monster means something really different when you’re seven than when you’re 17, so with these ideas, we’re erring on the side of your younger kids actually...

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