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Too many parties and a tight budget make Jen Cunniffe get crafty. I have a new policy, and it’s changed my life. I am now a true believer in the worth of a Home Made Present. Once there was a time when I bought stuff for other...

Evengia van Berkel is on a cultural learning curve as she enters the world of children’s birthday parties in Australia. As parents, we’re on a steep learning curve from day one, even more so when raising children in a different country or culture from our own....

When her daughter turns 10, Guillemette Perrin leaves the party planning in her hands. My eldest daughter recently hosted a party for her tenth birthday. “Double digits!” she chanted for all to hear. Clearly this was her most significant birthday to date. She spent weeks agonising over...

Vivienne Pearson’s birthday presents come without wrapping or a returns policy – and the kids love them. Before I became a parent I didn’t understand why children’s parties were held at 10am on Sundays in windy parks miles away from my inner-city home. I also found...

Randa Abdel-Fattah observes that we all have a tendency to be drawn into the birthday party vortex. What is it about a children’s birthday party that excites so many of us? It’s common to find an invitation in your child’s schoolbag asking them (and usually you...