Jan 6


Throwing a party for your birthday boy or girl can be enjoyable and memorable, and, if you follow these four tips, quick! Austin is filled with fun party venues to keep the kids active and excited, but if you are planning an at-home party, the decorating and food falls on you. Don’t fret, with these easy tips you’ll have the perfect party planned in no time.

Think Theme

Choosing a theme will help give you direction for the rest of the party planning. Just having a color or cartoon character to base your child’s party around will open up the flow of ideas for other party products you’ll need, like decorations and cake. Include your child in the decision, and pick something unique and specialized just for him or her.

Popular children party choices include luaus, pirate parties and tea times. If you and your child are struggling to find the right theme, consider Birthday Express party ideas to help you decide on something that fits your style and budget. Those common truck or princess parties can be easily adapted to fit your child’s taste as soon as you decide that’s your theme.

Do Decorations

Decorating for your child’s party may be the most rewarding part. Children love the anticipation and excitement that comes when walking in to a well-decorated party. Make any party memorable with custom napkins.  When everyone walks into the room covered in streamers and filled with balloons, your child will feel extra special knowing it was all done for him or her. Choose tablecloths, plates, cups, napkins and plastic ware that match your theme.

Adapt Activities

You should have a few fun activities planned for the kids, but they can be simple and inexpensive. A pinata filled with candy and small toys can keep children entertained for hours, and the take-home treats work as an easy party favor for your guests. There are all kinds of birthday party activities ranging from arts and crafts to sports and outside games. What you choose to entertain your little guests with should be influenced by the party’s theme and, of course, what the birthday boy or girl enjoys. Texas boasts hot summers, so if you are hosting a party during the warm season, plan accordingly.

Find Finger Food

When planning food for your child’s birthday party, remember that simple is usually best when it comes to kids. A cake that is decorated to match your theme and a big bucket of inexpensive ice cream will usually be a sufficient dessert. A few finger foods, such as pizza, meatballs, chips and vegetables with ranch dressing for dipping, will help curb the kids’ hunger pangs and hopefully encourage them to fill up on too much sugar.

If you follow these tips, you will have a wonderful party planned for your child’s birthday without having to spend too much time or money. Once these basics are covered, the rest of your party will fall into place.

Jan 19

Live in a small space but want to make your child’s birthday party a big hit? How about taking the party to your windows? Check out what one apartment owner did to liven things up. Not only is it fun, but it’s inexpensive.

Jan 2

Planning a party this year? Check out this neat little idea: party garland made out of old gift bags. It’s can be personalized, it’s fun for kids to help with, and it involves recycling! What could be better?

Jan 1

If your child is celebrating a big birthday this year, you’re probably looking for the perfect cake for their party. Need some ideas? Check out these fun first birthday cakes from The Bump. There’s everything from butterflies to Sesame Street.

Dec 18

Do you have a little Snow White fan in the house?  If she is out of school this week like many other kids across the country, you’ll probably be desperately seeking something fun and constructive for her to do. Take a look at this page of Snow White crafts, activities, recipes and more from Disney. You can have a whole Snow White day or even throw a Snow White party. There is so much to do!

Oct 28

Planning a Halloween party this weekend or just looking to make a fun, festive snack for the family? Check out these 13 Easy Halloween Party recipes from Real Simple. From the traditional caramel apples to the more unique pumpkin rice pudding, there’s something here for every party guest and every member of the family.

Oct 24

Looking for a yummy cupcake recipe for Halloween? If you’re planning a party, need something to take to your child’s school, or just looking for a great Halloween snack, check out this Wicked Cupcake recipe from the Food Network. These cupcakes are both yummy and fun!

Oct 19

Looking for some easy Halloween crafts, favors and games to enjoy this year with your kids?  Check these out from Parenting.com. These are really great if you’re planning a Halloween Party.

Oct 15

Looking for ways to spruce up your house for Halloween or maybe you need some creative favors for an upcoming party?  Check out this list of 24 Halloween Craft Projects You’ll Love. They’re fun for the whole family and pretty easy to make.

Oct 7

Are you and your children throwing a fall birthday party or even just a party to celebrate the season?  If so, you might want to check out this round-up of adorable fall party favors and invitations. Even if these aren’t your style, they might give you a few good ideas

Oct 2

So, your baby is turning one and your family and friends are expecting  a big celebration. You’re probably too caught up in wondering how time went by so quickly, but you know you need to make the party memorable. How do you do it? You can start by checking out these First Birthday Party Survival Tips from Babies Online. You might get some great ideas!

Sep 27

Cupcakes are all the rage these days. Whether you’re throwing a birthday party or just baking a family snack, everyone in your family loves them, and they’re easy for little hands to manage without needing to dirty up a bunch of dishes and silverware or make a huge mess. If this sounds like your family, you might want to check out iVillage’s 40 Best Cupcake Recipes. You’ll find cake recipes, frosting recipes and fun decorations, too!

Sep 16

If you have a little Harry Potter fan with a birthday coming up, you might want to check out OhDeeDoh’s featured Harry Potter birthday party for a few tips.  One Seattle family threw their son a “Day at Hogwarts” party and offers up some really great ideas.

Sep 5

If you’re looking for a fun party idea for your daughter’s next birthday, look no further than this pink prince party from Lil Sugar.  Your little girl will feel like a princess on her big day and best of all, it’s a budget party, which is great news for your wallet.

Aug 29

If you’re looking for a tasty drink that kids and grownups will both enjoy, look no further than Sandra Lee’s Kids’ Cranberry Citrus Punch recipe. With only three ingredients and five minutes prep time, it’s great for parties or even a tasty treat to go with breakfast before school.  Best of all, the ingredients are so basic that kids won’t turn their noses up! And, of course, it’s so easy that kids can make it themselves.