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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...

One simple idea had the young Christine Kininmonth utterly entranced. When I was eight, my nemesis Jenny, flanked by her posse of hangers-on, marched up to me at the school sandpit. “I’m having a sleepover birthday party,” she said, “and Mum says I have to invite...

Ahoy Maties! Thinking of doing a pirate theme for a kids’ party? These easy to make favour bags will also keep the kids’ entertained. ...

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...