Kerri Sackville If you stray from the list make sure you include the receipt, otherwise you will basically be "throwing away money".
Linda Moon Children’s parties have become big-ticket events, meaning not turning up isn’t a trivial matter.
Mary Ward This parent did... and now they're threatening legal action.
Jo Hartley Would you outsource your child's birthday party? Jo Hartley tells us why she decided to pass the baton to the experts this time around.
Heidi van Dort It may not happen often, but it does happen. Somewhere out there right now, a dad is planning a birthday party for his child.
If you after some face painting inspiration for Halloween we have a collection of tutorials and images to inspire the artist in you. Get out your powder, eyeliner, and sponges and practice these today.
Donna Webeck Do you still stay with your child when they attend birthday parties? Donna Webeck does, but her apparent unexpected attendance at a recent party left her wondering if her child is old enough to be left with the host.
All the inspiration you need to throw your own garden themed birthday party for your son or daughter.
Ariane Beeston Here are the ten stages of attending children's parties that every parent can (or soon will) relate to.
Gayle Bryant Is it OK to turn your kid's party into a festival? The Kardashians and now many Aussie parents certainly think it is.
Here are 10 great simple ideas for party food - some to prepare the day of the party, others to prepare ahead of time.
Thuy Yau It is easy to get caught up in the desire to give your kids the best of everything but here is why presents and parties aren't needed to make a child's birthday memorable.
Here are some ideas for birthday traditions to start in your family to help celebrate and make the birthday boy or girl feel extra special.
Alison Bradshaw Are birthday parties for kids without presents the equivalent of pubs without beer for adults? Find out what happened when this mother banned presents at her kids' parties.
Melody McCabe A mum in the US started an amazing Facebook page for her almost 11-year-old son, after he told her he didn't want to have a party because he had no friends.
There's two types of people when it comes to cakes, the cake "makers" and the cake "eaters". On one hand, the "makers" will be inspired by these masterpieces, the "eaters", however, will be left with serious cravings. Take a look at these amazing cake creations.
David Keatley Why expecting parents to invite their child's whole class to their birthday party is a bad idea for kids.
As a head teacher advises parents to include the whole class in birthday celebrations, Anna Maxted delves into the social minefield that is a modern child’s party.
Maria Guido When did parties for our kids turn into another way for mums to stress out, yearn for perfection and think they are not doing it right?
Saman Shad When did your child's birthday cake become a point of judgement on your parenting skills? Saman Shad longs for the days when a Sara Lee cake sufficed and parties were judgement free.
Seven years ago today recently engaged superstars, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes welcomed their first and only daughter together, Suri Cruise, into the world.
Everyone loves a birthday and we couldn't let the year go by without wishing all the celebrity kids out there a very happy birthday.
Megan Doherty Some parents will spend an awful lot on their little darling's birthday.
Staff writers Francesca Pitcher created a special birthday cake for her reptile mad, six-year-old daughter: a cake so real it 'freaked out' the party guests.
Snake cakes: be inspired by these creepily realistic confections
Louise Fulton Keats Louise Fulton Keats shares her tips on how to pull together the ultimate at home birthday party without the stress.
Our readers are a creative bunch and they especially like to throw a good birthday party for their kids. If you would like to show off your own party throwing skills simply submit your pictures here or if you are looking for some inspiration browse through these very talented submissions.
Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt celebrated her sixth birthday on May 27, 2012 and to celebrate Essential Kids looks back over the past six years of the cover stars jet-setting life.
See the latest pictures of the Danish princess, Isabella, in celebration of her fifth birthday.The cute daughter of Crown Prince Frederik and Australian-born Crown Princess Mary is growing fast.
Louise Schwartzkoff WHILE some five year olds celebrate their birthdays with jumping castles, fairy floss machines and pony rides, Miri Hurwitz's birthday party was a simpler affair. Her mother, Beverley, booked a party at a community kitchen in Bondi where the children baked biscuits to give away.