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All About Parenting Blog Carnival: Birthdays!

By March 1, 2009

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Birthday cupcake (Photo courtesy of Michael Lorenzo, Stock.Xchng Photos) Bring on the swirls of frosting, the ribbons and confetti! When we put out a call for bloggers' best birthday party ideas last month, nothing prepared me for how many fabulous ones were out there. The games! The cupcakes! And loads of practical ways to celebrate without going too overboard. So here's the best of the best for kids of every age, 0 to 90. Enjoy!

BIRTHDAYS BY AGE
After a marathon weekend of 4-year-old birthday parties of every size, shape and flavor, David Worford, About.com's guide to stay-at-home dads, weighs in on which was the most fun – and the answer’s not what you’d expect. Then, check out Amanda Rock's clever ideas for age-appropriate preschool birthday celebrations on the About.com parenting preschoolers page.

Twins may be double the fun, but is a double birthday party the way to go? Pamela Prindle Fierro, About's guide to twins & multiples, shares her thoughts in “Happy Birthday to You… and You Too.” And if you have a child with special needs - or your kids' have friends or classmates with disabilitiies - you’ll want to read Terri Mauro’s compassionate take, “Birthday Party Trauma,” on About.com’s parenting special children site.

W Parent's Jacquelyn talks about the Chinese cultural tradition of Full Moon Parties to celebrate a baby’s one-month birthday. Get the lowdown on the red eggs and other cultural icons surrounding this charming tradition.

It’s so easy to go overboard when birthdays roll around, says Christy Matte in a Quirky Fusion blog post about the insanity of trying to keep up with the rest of the preschool crowd. Katherine Lewis, the About.com guide for working mothers, agrees. What we need, she says, is an end to birthday madness – and her five rules for throwing a simple, fun party for your kids ought to help.

And the bloggers over at Strollerderby do a birthday party smackdown on a hot issue – do babies even need parties? Check out the pro-con musings of Strollerderby's Jeanne Sager, who says yes, they do -- and Jen Chaney, who says, gimme a break.

Got older kids? Jennifer O’Donnell, the About.com guide to tween parenting, offers up a plethora of great ideas, from tween slumber party survival tips to outside-the-box party venues, including art museums and bead stores. Denise Witmer, About’s expert on parenting teens, talks about budget-conscious ways to celebrate in “Save a Dollar or Two But Keep the Fun.” Most of us start phasing out birthday parties and goody bags when kids hit the double digits. But turning 18 is a big deal! So here are five cool ideas for 18th birthday celebrations from, well, me.

CAKES, CRAFTS & MORE
What’s a birthday party without cool invites, party crafts and cupcakes? Sherri Osborn, About’s guide to family crafts, offers up instructions for cool, handmade invitations, party favors and more. Party themes? Check out this list of the best birthday party inspirations around, courtesy of Carey Bryson - About’s expert on kids TV and movies.

Need party game and activity ideas? Can we interest you in a quick round of Bubble-icious? Shoebox races? Or Tug of Water? Catherine Holecko, About’s Guide to Family Fitness, has the lowdown on these clever games and more. Homeschooling guide Beverly Hernandez suggests making Treasure Bottles too.

Where would we be without cake? Stephanie Gallagher, the Kids Cooking guide, has the most adorable, decorated birthday cupcakes on her site. Soccer balls, Harry Potter faces, ladybugs – too cute. Want a whole cake? There's a round-up of 10 glorious birthday cakes on the aParently Speaking blog, with contributions from clever bakers across the blogosphere.

And PJ Mullen shares his thoughts on birthdays, generosity and gifts on the Real Men Drive Minivans blog.

MORE?
Babies aren’t the only people with birthdays, of course. Jennifer Wolf, About’s guide to single parenting, urges single mothers not to forget that they too have birthdays that need celebrating.

Susan Adcox, About.com Guide to Grandparents, talks about a very special nonagenarian and the importance of grandparents' birthdays.

And finally, Elizabeth Kennedy, our favorite kid lit expert, salutes the many authors celebrating their birthdays this month – it’s not all about Dr. Seuss, although a Seuss birthday is certainly one worth celebrating!

Got ideas of your own to share? Click comments and tell us!
Comments
March 1, 2009 at 11:24 pm
(1) Cana says:

I love these wonderful ideas for birthdays.

March 8, 2009 at 11:57 am
(2) Dennis Dalton says:

Some cool ideas.

March 11, 2009 at 2:42 pm
(3) Jennifer McGavin says:

Hey, I finally finished an article about kid’s B-days in Germany! Check it out for some ideas you may not have seen before (especially food ideas!).
Jennifer
Your Guide to German Food

March 11, 2009 at 2:46 pm
(4) Jennifer McGavin says:

New page on kids B-days in Germany. Maybe these are new ideas!
Jennifer
Your Guide to German Food

July 15, 2009 at 8:45 am
(5) birth certificate says:

Great articles. very interesting. Thanks

August 11, 2009 at 8:53 pm
(6) TeenDad says:

I’m now 19 and experiencing being a dad. I must say although it feels good it’s still hard. I knew it wouldn’t be easy but to be honest, the hard part is having to balance time. My daughter is great and makes managing her never dreadful. -Teen dad

April 9, 2010 at 6:36 am
(7) San Diego Carnival Ride Rental says:

This is absolutely beautiful. I am having a carnival party for my 2 year old son in March. This provides great inspiration. Thank you!

August 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm
(8) The bossman at wish a happy birthday says:

What cool Birthday party ideas! We have 6 Birthdays all grouped together in our family with only a day or so parting them. We always do something together!

December 26, 2010 at 10:01 pm
(9) Rock and roll hall of fame says:

that¡¯s a damn good checklist! any chance you could make it into a pdf for us all?

January 29, 2011 at 1:42 am
(10) Nicole says:

Thank you Jackie!

March 11, 2011 at 4:52 am
(11) Birthday Party Ideas says:

These ideas helped me a lot! Love your blog. Happy I found it!
Year Old Birthday Party Ideas

March 12, 2011 at 10:26 pm
(12) Brad Fallon says:

Great checklist! Absolutely helpful. Thanks a lot!

Brad Fallon

March 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm
(13) Paul Milteer says:

Having a birthday party for one child is hard enough let alone having a party for twins. I’m very thankful for the very nice checklist shared.

May 30, 2011 at 11:56 am
(14) kids birthday party ideas says:

Great post…my life has also a memorable day.its my lovely day when i was 7 year old and my mom organize a birthday party…

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