From the absurd to the ludicrous, so much from Alice in Wonderland can be incorporated into your child's birthday party.
You can choose the food, the friends, the venue and the decorations - but no matter how much effort you put into planning your child’s birthday party, the one thing that you cannot control is the weather.
I marvel at the sheer mountain of "stuff" that come from birthdays and have always wondered if there's a different way of doing things.
Why are so many parents uncomfortable with the idea of gifting money?
Taking a moment to savour the good things each day can help protect us against focusing on only the negative things in our lives.
Some might think it's crass to ask for cash, but others say this party trend is a godsend.
As a birthday party host of some years, I have a front-row seat to the darker side of these celebrations.
Concerns have been raised about preserving the dignity of the horses, and the behaviour being a bad example to kids.
Here's what people are using instead.
It was a huge success.
Or should we give parents the benefit of the doubt?
Kids parties can generate a lot of rubbish, but it's possible to reduce the waste without reducing the fun.
The gift-giving culture has gotten out of hand.