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Fun DIY place card ideas for children’s parties. Makes us want to go to a party!

Should you be the type of parent who is actually able to wrangle the kids into assigned seats at a child’s birthday party (or say, at the children’s table at your adult party?) you’ll be needing place cards. You can even hand out the place cards when the kids walk in so they can claim their own seats. Either way, these fun ideas are so much better than a folded piece of card stock. (And psst…wedding blogs can be a great source of inspiration.) –Liz Candy necklace place cards Would any child say no to these? Or come to...

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Kids’ superhero party ideas: the ultimate roundup of invitations, decor, printables and favors

Boy or girl, a superhero party remains one of those party themes that never goes out of style. Don’t feel you have to stick with the licensed character stuff in the big party stores–there are so many cool superhero printables and decor out there that let your kid be their own superhero. Here I rounded up some of my very favorite options from Etsy artists and smaller designers, all of them pretty amazing looking and best of all, easy. In other words, don’t expect to see any of those insane, ready-for-television 16-layer cakes here. I’m a mom, not a...

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Party on and on with this reusable birthday banner

Does anyone get as grumpy as I do about spending money on birthday party decorations that you use once before they become landfill?  Well thanks to this new, affordable reusable banner from CMP favorite Butch and Harold, I’m feeling much happier. We’ve seen a lot of cool eco-friendly party banners, but none like Butch & Harold’s adorable Birthday Stickr banner, which is actually a set of wall decals with sticker letters that spell out “Happy Birthday!” To use it, just stick this birthday sign to your wall and move it with ease. And when the party’s over, you pull...

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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. McGee and Gentile...

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DIY LEGO gift boxes for LEGOriffic parties

LEGO never goes out of style, and so we love this tutorial we just found for making your own LEGO gift boxes. The free DIY LEGO gift box templates at Lines Across look super easy – You just need card stock, scissors and glue, and craft foam (or improvise) to make the dots on top. There are two different sizes, either of which would be great instead of goody bags at a birthday party. Or maybe as a box under the tree this year to present your future Master Builder with tickets to LEGOland? Just a thought. –Liz Find...

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New! The perfect party decor kits from Minted.com. Now your parties can look like Those Parties without much effort at all.

We’ve loved the beautiful cards and invitations from Minted.com ever since we discovered them on day one, so it makes perfect, brilliant sense that they’d evolve from cards and invitations, and launch a gorgeous new Party Decor line. Hooray! Plus, like all their items, these are also sourced from talented indie designers, many of them moms themselves. Back as one of our favorite sponsors (yay!) we love that we have the opportunity to pick some of our very favorite party themes and designs from the new Minted Party Decor line. They’re perfect for busy parents like us who are...

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Party perfection: raise the roof AND raise money for your fave nonprofits

Planning a kids’ party isn’t for the faint of heart, even though the end results (adorable cake-face photos! happy wee ones!) are always worth it.  Let’s face it: life is crazybusy. So I can totally see why more and more parents are turning to online party-planning services to lighten the load. But we’ve found one with a little extra do-gooding awesomeness to sweeten the deal. A few years back we discovered ECHOage, a site which helps you can organize a fete for your kiddo that directly benefits more than 120 nonprofits. They’ve evolved since then, with adorable invitations, and even...

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Color your own cake-venture!

Confession: I once baked a birthday cake so ugly my daughter cried. I’m not kidding. So for those of you without culinary arts degrees, here’s one way to make the birthday kid feel special and ensure that her cake will be exactly what she wants. With a bouquet of food-safe edible ink markers, the Sweetapolita blog shows us how a white birthday cake became the perfect canvas for budding artists and we’re smitten! We’ve recommended this cookie and food marker combo before, but any set will do, like these gourmet food writing markers. You can order a cake covered with...

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How do you put together a great kids’ birthday party without a design degree and 600 hours of free time?

I confess: I have a love-hate relationship with planning birthday parties for my kids. While picking a theme can be fun, I also find it a little exhausting to sift through website after website looking for cool activities for a superhero party or the perfect decorations for a tween girl’s sleepover bash. So I’m celebrating my latest find: an online shop with soup-to-nuts party plans that will help anyone create a snazzy (but wallet-friendly) kid party sure to impress. One Charming Party offers nine different party themes, ranging from a baking party for older kids to a superhero party or...

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Twas the night before your birthday…

I am a big fan of family traditions. And one of the best parts of having a family of my own is that we can create our own traditions. Whether schlepping to Aunt Stacy’s every Thanksgiving for her perfect roasted turkey or watching the NYC July 4th fireworks from our backyard every year, they belong to us and make up a big part of our family identity. So with our daughter’s birthday last week we were super excited to start a brand new tradition of Birthday Eve. We introduced this custom with the wonderful poem and picture book The...

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A unique party favor for a forest of one’s own – The terrarium kit

The start of the school year means once again, the hunt for creative party favors and teacher gifts begins. Well we’ve brought you cookies in a jar, dreidels in a jar, and pickles in a jar. Now we’ve got a forest in a jar– made by your very own kid. The Terrarium Kit from the Acme Party Box company is a sweet way to bring the outside in. The kid includes everything you need to make one sweet little terrarium– except the soil and plants, although they include a guide with helpful suggestions so you don’t end up with...

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4 of the coolest superhero invitations for your little dreamer

I’m a big fan of superheroes, and therefore, cool superhero invitations. I’m pretty sure your kids are too. I love seeing my kids practice being good people while pretending to be courageous, powerful and strong. I mean, sure, sometimes they also pretend that they can fly from the couch to the side chairs (“nooooooo!”) but as long as the kids don’t try to defy gravity, superhero play is A-OK at our house.  Know what else I’m a fan of? The pop graphics that superheroes like to wrap themselves in. The bright colors, bold words and multiple exclamation marks are...

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The coolest birthday dresses, now 100% for charity

This October, my youngest daughters will be turning 4 and 2 and as part of our family tradition, they will be wearing hand-me-down Courtney Courtney kids’ dresses. We first featured them in 2008 on Cool Mom Picks, and designer Courtney Chu has since remained one of our all time favorite indie designers, period. Well now, she’s decided to use her now hugely popular birthday dresses to raise money for charity. And we’re in love all over again. If you’re not familiar with her work, Courtney whips recycled t-shirts and fabrics and turns them into the most amazing dresses unlike...

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Birthday party ideas for a 4 year old with a garden theme? Reader Q&A

I am planning a garden-themed 4th birthday party for my daughter in a few weeks. I need some creative inspiration! So far, we’re going to have the kids each plant something in a pot to take home .. And that’s all. I need ideas for other things – decor, food, goody bags – that will play up the theme, but not in a cheesy/over the top/super expensive way. Help? -Cheers & thanks, Jen H. Wow what a fun theme for a kid’s birthday, especially in the summer. Here are some ideas for your daughter’s party. Hope they help!  ...

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Birthday gifts for 5-year-old girl? Reader Q&A

I need a birthday gift idea for my soon-to-be 5-year-old daughter. She has tons of Barbies, tons of clothes – she is a girly girl and loves all things to do with painting nails, wearing girly stuff. I feel like we have way too many toys and clothes. What else is new and fun for a 5-year-old girl? -Laurinda I have two basic categories for kids who already have a lot of toys: consumable/craft gifts and games that inspire imagination, and then toys get them outside and active–and can hopefully be stored in the garage! Oh, make that three...

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Goody bag gift ideas for kids: ready-made crafty party packs

I haven’t thrown that many birthday parties for my kids and it’s like I’m already out of goody bag gift ideas. It might be easier if you have a theme in mind–wands and a spell book for a Harry Potter Party, a toy boat for a sailboat themed party–but how about when you just want the kids to have something that they’ll enjoy. And uh, that their parents won’t think of as, “oh good. More junk around the house.” Well now there’s just the thing–crafty, eco-friendly, totally fun, and they’re affordable too. CMP favorite Kiwi Crate has recently launched...

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Ideas for a child’s birthday party? How about some all in one place

Looking for ideas for a child’s birthday party can be both fun– and stressful. When my kids were younger, I confess, I went a little overboard with over-the-top parties causing me to collapse with exhaustion. As I learned, it can be a lot simpler. And just as fun. Here’s one shop that helps you with both. Dollyrockets, a shop based out of New Zealand (but which offers USD pricing), is designed for busy parents who need a simple plan for the perfect party. Their collections allow you to create your own stylish party that looks different than every other...

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Girls’ birthday party ideas – Little Red Riding Hood or Alice in Wonderland

Girls’ birthday party ideas can still be girlie, even if you want to avoid the same old princess theme. Which is why I instantly fell in love with the downloadable, customizable party kits at Creative Little Stars, based around classic storybook themes. And they’re super affordable too. Any party planner worth her salt will tell you that setting the mood is 50% of the party. (Planning for fun is the other half of course!) And any mom planning a kid’s birthday will tell you that paying a fortune for them is not ideal. Through Creative Little Stars, for less...

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5 beautiful cake stands that take the cake.

If you have your cake and eat it too, what are you left with? A whole lot of pretty is what, so long as you own a fab cake stand. You bakers may already have cake stands, but we promise that thse picks are worthy of a spot (or two!) in your collection. You don’t even need to be a serious baker to treat yourself to one of these.  They make pretty displays out of anything from fruit to kiddo’s art supplies, can be used as a pedestal for centerpieces, help set the mood with pillar candles, and can...

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The perfect cupcake for any party

The standards for kids’ birthday cakes have gone up a bit since I was little, when we just stopped by the Piggly Wiggly and had the teen behind the counter misspell my name between the lumpy sugar roses. Now we want them to be beautiful, unique, delicious, customized, truly exciting, and–the big kicker– allergen free. Luckily, we’ve found a way to make almost any cupcake fit the bill, even if your kid has an unusual name or non-mainstream hobby. And there’s nary a lumpy rose to be found. Cake Sugar takes edible icing cupcake toppers to the next level....

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