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When dad plans the party

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.

Halloween face painting for kids

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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.

When should you leave your child at a birthday party

At what age can kids be left at birthday parties?

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.

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Garden themed birthday party

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All the inspiration you need to throw your own garden themed birthday party for your son or daughter.

10 stages of attending children's birthday parties

Birthday party chaos guaranteed.

Ariane Beeston Here are the ten stages of attending children's parties that every parent can (or soon will) relate to.

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Businesses cashing in on kids' parties

Businesses are tapping into parents' desire to give their children the very best party.

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.

10 easy kids' party food ideas


Here are 10 great simple ideas for party food - some to prepare the day of the party, others to prepare ahead of time.

Why birthdays don't have to be expensive

Making birthday memories has very little to do with dollars spent.

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.


Birthday traditions for kids

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.

Why I banned presents at my kids' birthday parties

Would your kids still have fun without presents?

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.

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1.3m people 'like' boy's Facebook birthday surprise

Colin's smile couldn't be brighter.

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.


Great cake expectations

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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.

Forcing parents to invite entire class to parties

How forced invites backfire ...

David Keatley Why expecting parents to invite their child's whole class to their birthday party is a bad idea for kids.

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The social minefield that is a child's birthday party


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.


Taking kids' parties too far?

Kids birthday parties

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?

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Can we go back to plain birthday cakes?


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.

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Seven years of Suri


Seven years ago today recently engaged superstars, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes welcomed their first and only daughter together, Suri Cruise, into the world.

Which celebrity kids celebrate their birthday this month?


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.

Feeling the kids' party pressure?


Megan Doherty Some parents will spend an awful lot on their little darling's birthday.


Mother bakes snake cake for daughter's birthday, cake goes viral

Snake cake

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.

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Amazing snake cake

Snake cakes: be inspired by these creepily realistic confections

Party planning tips for parents


Louise Fulton Keats Louise Fulton Keats shares her tips on how to pull together the ultimate at home birthday party without the stress.

Show us your party!

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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.

Six years of Shiloh

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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.

Princess Isabella turns five

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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.

A birthday party makes the difference

(right) 5 yr old birthday girl Miri Hurwitz with best friend (left) Poppy Katz.

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.

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Putting together a perfect party bag!


Justine Davies When was it that party bags became the de rigueur way to conclude a birthday celebration?

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Tips for a stress-free kids party


Justine Davies The words: “stress-free” and “party” don’t usually belong in the same sentence, of course. Not when it comes to kids’ parties, anyway.

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Overcoming party shyness


Justine Davies Party invitations can be a source of anxiety for shy children, here are some tips on how you can ease them into social settings and help them overcome their fears.

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Taking the cake


Elisabeth Lambert When it comes to having your cake and eating it too, the birthday child and their friends are seriously happy they can wolf it down and have seconds without fear of retribution. And if the cake takes the form of a favourite animal or character, that’s simply an added bonus.

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