POSTS WITH TAG: birthdays

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    By the time you've sent out invitations, bought all the food, prepared activities, and stuffed the goody bags, not only are you exhausted, but you're an easy $500 in the hole for planning that elaborate kids' birthday party. Not to mention you have to buy an actual gift for your little guest of honor, which will set you back some more. So put an end to the lavish, 30-something guest list and pony ride parties, and do something different instead.

    We consulted with other moms to see what alternative birthday parties they've thrown for their kids so you can avoid the stress of party planning while still celebrating the special day. Here are 6 unconventional kids' birthday party ideas you can try out yourself:

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    My son turned 8 years old a couple of months ago, and even though I said I wasn't going to do a huge party this year, we wound up having about 16 kids in attendance -- and it turned out perfect.

    They played and had fun and there were no arguments or tears, and there also happened to be a pretty equal number of boys and girls. And it got me thinking, I just can't even imagine reaching the point where he doesn't have co-ed parties anymore because it makes me downright sad.

    To be quite honest, I really feel like birthday parties (other than sleepovers) where only girls or only boys are invited is basically like teaching kids that they shouldn't be friends with members of the opposite sex.

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    Nine out of 10 times, I really hate when my child gets a favor from a birthday party she has attended. But at this point in the game, party favors are expected, and when she or her peers leave a soiree without something, they feel cheated. But why do they have to be so cheap and cheesy? Personally, I'm especially tired of those bags of junk that we have received multiple times with those tiny plastic tops, little bright-colored slinkies, and random stickers. Seriously, the kids spend like one minute playing with them and then they just end up as under their bed or in the trash.

    As a public service, we have put together a list of 5 party favors that won't annoy fellow moms and won't add to the clutter in our homes. You're welcome!

    Images ©iStock.com/SerrNovik; ©iStock.com/Mary981

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    The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet continues. The latest puts new suspicion on the pilot, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah: Investigators say data had been deleted from his flight simulator. It appears that the files were deleted on February 3, a month before the plane went missing, March 8. Could these files hold the key to what happened to Flight 370?

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    Today officially marks our 4th birthday and we're celebrating with some much-needed treats! For our last birthday giveaway, four lucky winners will receive $100 gift cards: $50 to Dunkin' Donuts and $50 to Baskin-Robbins.

    So go ahead, order that ice cream cake, some donuts, and come cool refreshments and let's toast to our anniversary! Better yet, both Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins have birthday clubs (how perfect, right?), so you can get a free medium beverage and a free scoop of ice cream on your own birthday.

    Now that sounds like a perfect party to us!

    To enter for a chance to win one of the four $100 gift card bundles from Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, simply tell me:

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    St. Patrick's Day, birthday parties, and spring on its way are all great reasons to celebrate with rainbow decor! I went to Pinterest to find out how people are using rainbows to brighten even the dreariest of day and found these clever rainbow goodie bags.

    The idea is to layer candy from every color of the rainbow over gold colored candy for the perfect rainbow treat. 

    While I think these candy-filled rainbow goodie bags could make anyone happy all year long, I wasn't sure how easy it would be to maintain that layered rainbow look.

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    I would imagine turning 96 is quite the day. You've passed the hump of 95 and are officially in your late-90s -- that much closer to 100. Wow. Those are the birthdays you need to celebrate in a big way with all the hoopla and fanciness you can handle. Including, of course, your most favorite cake.

    Joseph Vallenti's 96th birthday wish was to enjoy his favorite German apple cake. His family ordered one from their local King Kullen, a supermarket in Commack, New York. They sang Happy Birthday, blew out some candles, Vallenti made his wish, and then it was time to indulge. But when he took a bite of his cake, he got a taste of something he didn't expect ... and he most certainly didn't deserve.

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    The following is a post from our sponsor, SavingStar.

    I’m a party girl. Always have been. Always will be.

    And once I grew up and got a house of my own, I vowed to have a big party every year. Sometimes it’s a holiday party, sometimes it’s a birthday party, sometimes it’s a backyard barbecue. And sometimes, when I’m feeling really industrious, I’ll have all three.

    But parties can be your own worst enemy, financially.

    If you’re anything like me, you still have that frat party mentality -- the more, the merrier. I start by inviting 40 of our closest friends, then add the peripheral 20, then another 10, then 5 or 6 more that I barely even know. Just in case. After all, there’s nothing worse than throwing a party when no one comes.

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    OMG. Want to really kick things up a notch for your kid's birthday this year? Then instead of going the store-bought route or whipping up a regular old birthday cake, you should consider blowing his mind with this creative Kit Kat cake recipe from Food.com.

    Are you believing how awesome this thing is?!? I mean, it's almost too pretty to eat -- though something tells me a bunch of kiddos at a birthday party will have no problem digging right in and tearing it apart.

    Kit Kats are awesome. And so are M&M's. And then you put them together into this perfect little package and good grief I want a piece right this second.

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    It's almost St. Patrick's Day, and it's almost time to taste the rainbow. Taste the rainbow fruit platter  that is! They're all the rage on Pinterest for the big holiday!

    I love the idea of this fruit platter because not only is it visually pleasing, but it's healthy and delicious too! I thought for sure it would be Pinterest win as a snack for my kids and I'm thinking it would make a really easy birthday decoration for hungry kids.

    The marshmallow clouds and pot of gold (Rolo candies) at the end of the rainbow fruit platter look like the perfect final touch!

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