How to Throw a Great Los Angeles Kids’ Party

It is widely known that kids’ parties are often considerably more fun for the child than the parent. The reasons aren’t always what you think. Yes, noise and chaos play a role, as does the general overwhelm one feels when faced with many dozen guests of varying ages. But this list catalogs some of the…

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Kids’ Birthday Parties on a Budget

Here’s the thing about kids’ birthday parties in Los Angeles: they are rife with hidden costs. If you’re hosting the shindig in your own home, you’re on the hook for catering, supplies, entertainers, food, favors and cleanup. Some enterprising parents may even have to shell out for parking passes or valet assistance. It is, in…

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Third Birthday Party Tips and More!

One of the terrifying and wonderful things about being a parent is how fast everything seems to change. One minute you think you’ve got this bedtime thing down, and the next they’re out of the crib and running rampant through your life. The same holds for children’s birthday parties: what worked at age two is…

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The Birthday Gift Dilemma: An Alternate Perspective

We have written before about some of the newly fashionable trends in kids’ birthday party gifting, including collaborative websites that let you pool resources for one great gift, and charitable sites that forgo the classic clutter cascade in lieu of something meaningful. But not all parents are on board with this attempt to upend generations…

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Not What Can I Get, What Can I Give?

The culture of children’s birthday parties is always in flux. Here at Giggles N’ Hugs, we proudly host birthday parties for every demographic, theme and age group under ten in Southern California – and get to see a number of diverse viewpoints in the process. One of the fastest-growing trends in kid parties today is…

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Topanga Birthday Party Ideas

We’ve done Martha Stewart, What to Expect, even Silicon Valley. Now here’s a nice list of great birthday party ideas from the folks who have been at this longer than any of them: PBS. Of they’re themed to some of the most august programming on the kids’ side of the network, including Curious George, Thomas…

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To Goodie Bag or No? A Birthday Rant

A recent clarion cry over at The Stir urged moms and dad everywhere to forego what has become one of the essential ingredients of modern children’s birthday parties: the goodie bag. Author Adriana Velez makes a valid and occasionally hilarious point, namely that the vast majority of goodie bag items inevitably end up in the…

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