This best of the web is all about birthday parties. We have collected links with tips, advice and ideas on party bags, cakes, themes and much more. If you have your own guide on throwing the perfect birthday bash then we would love for you to share your ideas or blog post link in the comments.
Which kids make the guest list?
One of the biggest questions parents face is which kids will get invited to the party? If the pressure of inviting the entire class pops up year after year, Parentdish can help – take a look at Heidi’s post on selective invitations
Some parents invite kids to choose between a longer guest list and fancier party treats – this can help keep costs down. We’re not sure the size of her guest list, but we love Greenmum’s homemade princess castle cake
(and we’re sure most kids would, too).
Traditional at-home parties vs. renting a play space
A Modern Mother
didn't have such great luck when she decided to rent out a local space for a birthday – when the staff didn’t turn up she had to improvise the whole party! Have you ever had a party disaster? Please share your war stories and any blog links in the comments.
Getting the right gifts
If the idea of buying the wrong birthday present makes you nervous then you’ll have a laugh at Laura AWNTYM’s post
. She writes about her cheeky son who ended up getting two birthday presents early when she wasn't looking and how she dealt with his disappointment with getting a lunch bag as a gift.
Make it unique with homemade cakes and party bags
Babyccino sets the standard with these gorgeous homemade party bags
. Make the experience truly unique by handing out these at your next birthday party.
It may take a few tries but creating a custom made cake could make your tyke the envy of the playground. Check out the Mr. Tumble cake The Babbling Mummy made
upon her son's request – we're very impressed!
Parent blogs: the dos and don'ts of kids' parties
If you're worried about setting the party rules then we think Hot Cross Mum is the mum to go to for the 10 best tips on what *not* to do at a party (for throwing one and attending one).
Four Down Mum to Go
draws from her own childhood experiences to capture the spirit of celebration. By remembering what she loved about parties when she was little, she's able to be sure the parties she throws for her sons are fun for them and their friends.
Have we missed anyone? All links are welcome in the comments.