birthday party

The Birthday Gift Dilemma: How Much Do You Spend and More Questions Answered

Although we all know it is impossible that everyone has babies in October and April, why does it always seem that we are suddenly swamped with birthday parties then? There is festivity in the air now with the leaves changing colors, Halloween celebrations at school and more birthday cupcakes and sugar rushes than any of us would ever wish on a teacher. With that slew of birthdays comes the tricky navigation of birthday gifts: how much to spend, what girls like at that age if you are a parent of boys, is his mom going to shun me if I get her son a toy gun, a drum or a video game? Those are the easy questions. Go with your gut. Don’t overspend. These days, the tough ones are: • When the invitation says no gifts, what do you do? • When the invitation says, “Johnnie would prefer a donation to ...

Price isn’t the scariest thing about kid parties; tips for planning an affordable party

As a kid, my birthday parties consisted of friends, games and a cake. I’m not sure what happened between my childhood and motherhood, but when my friend hired a party planner to throw an over-the-top fete for her 3-year-old, I was exposed to a whole new world. I personally don’t think you need a lot of fuss when it comes to birthday parties — that it is possible to have fun and keep things affordable. We have traditionally hosted at-home birthdays to keep the cost down but when my daughter was five, she begged to hold her party at Click to keep reading Price Isn’t the Scariest Thing About Kid Parties (and the day I almost lost one of the kids) ======= So, you want to plan a special event for your child’s next birthday but don’t want to break the bank. Kara All...

Mama Drama: Sibling Birthday Blues

Dear Mama Drama: I have two girls who are three years apart in age. My oldest daughter who is nine has a really difficult time handling it when it is her younger sister’s birthday. She is always excited about the party and getting her sister a present, but when the day arrives she loses it. She interrupts, makes rude comments, tries to take over opening presents, and becomes obnoxious trying everything she can to pull the attention away from her sister and onto herself. Last year we talked about it before the party and she seemed allright, but she could not seem to handle it in the moment. Every year she ends up making her sister cry and being removed from the festivities. My husband and I are so exasperated that we are contemplating not having her be part of her sister’s upcoming party th...