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When her daughter turns 12, Stephanie Legg-England decides that some pampering is in order. It’s not easy to run a birthday party for children if you are shy, or if your mother and sisters live too far away to help, or if you want a personal...

Children’s parties are the number-one method used by competitive parents to outdo each other. Philippa Macken finds that you don’t need to be flashy to be fun. Harry was beside himself. I held his tiny hand as he hopped alongside me, barely able to contain his...

Gina Roberts-Grey explains that double does not necessarily mean trouble when it comes to birthday celebrations. Having two children share the same birthday puts a strain on more than the budget. Parents and family members of twins know it is not always easy to make sure...

A class party is a rewarding experience for Chantai Snellgrove’s daughter, but it is an even greater gift for her mother. My daughter Kailee is now 12 years old. I used to struggle when deciding what to do for her birthday. Should I invite my friends...

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...

Having a party without using single use plastics might seem daunting, but it’s easy to do if you follow our simple tips. 1) Before you throw your plastic-free party, include a note on the invitation announcing that your party will be plastic-free. It’s a great way...

Keen to celebrate Halloween this year? Get creative and crafty with these fun ideas. From classic ghosts to quirky fruit inspired outfits and tasty treats....

by Lou Duggan Birthday • party • planning. Three words that can strike fear into the hearts of even the most experienced mums. Because for so many of us, we equate successful children’s parties with success as a parent. But for our kids, a party is not about...

Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring share some of their helpful kids’ party planning tips with us from their book, Decorate for a Party. Enjoy! 1. Decide the appropriate duration of the party. Usually 2 to 3 hours is a good length – and how many children...