How to Defeat Children’s Birthday Party Dread

Another week, another harrowing first-person account of throwing a birthday party for a young child. This recent article describes the particular agony of planning for twenty or more small children: The thought of having 15-plus children running around my home for two hours is enough to fill me with dread. Gary is an only child….

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An Expert on How to Throw Your Child’s First Birthday Party

Here’s an article that’s sure impress and appall you all at once. The HuffPo recently published an event planner’s take on her child’s first birthday party. A professional event planner, that is. The results were, predictably, insane: Decor: We played off the owl theme and used rustic tables with moss centerpieces and wove the owls…

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When Kids’ Birthdays Overlap with Holidays

It is a familiar dilemma for children and parents alike: What to do when kids’ birthday parties overlap with major holidays? At least one community of social workers seems to have reached a consensus: Keep your child’s day special if at all possible: “Even in the midst of all the craziness of the holidays, stop and make…

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Raising the Bar On Children’s Birthday Party Food

This recent HuffPo article caught our eye. Written by a mom who makes no apologies for her healthful choices, the piece deftly describes just how outsized and sugary our expectations have gotten when it comes to children’s birthday parties: I’m not against cake. Or cupcakes. But I’m not interested in teaching my children that we…

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