Category: Birthday & Holiday Planning
You’ve been there: the “best party ever.” There are games, music, characters, and an entertainer taking pictures and playing with your children. But now, it’s your turn to plan the birthday party for your child and you want the same or better experience. Before you jump to hire the first company you find in your Facebook’s mommy group, it’s important to consider who — and what — you’re dealing with. As the president of a kids’ entertainment company, I can shed some light on the subject.
My family of five loves to travel, so we escape Chicago as often as humanly possible. We began our journey vacationing with our extended family after having our third son and officially being outnumbered by our children. Now, five years later, extended family vacations are a regular part of our lives, and we often travel with grandparents from both sides. So, how do we all get along? If you’re the cruise director for your family, listen up! With these tips, paradise is closer than you thi...Posted on July 18, 2018 at 7:00 AM
I must admit: I never thought I would travel with childcare. That was a luxury that never entered my mind until we hosted our first au pair over four years ago. One of the premises of the au pair program is the cultural exchange between the family and au pair so it was a natural fit to let her explore the USA with us. Now, having taken more trips with our au pairs over the years than I can count, I must say it is a huge relief to have an extra set of hands around while navigating the stre...Posted on May 14, 2018 at 4:49 PM
Birthday party planning can be stressful. I get it. I have nine-year-old twin boys and we’ve had our fair share of big, blowout birthday parties. For a few years, we invited all 60(!) of their classmates. Thankfully, our days of parties are over. Now we try to invite a few close friends for a special activity like mini-golf or Great America. If you’re just getting started with your planning, you’re in luck. I’m sharing my recommendations for the best parties I’ve planned, researched or at...Posted on February 20, 2018 at 8:24 AM
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As a special event and corporate entertainer for many years, one of the most common questions I get is how to plan and throw a successful children’s event that both parents and children can enjoy. Parents and planners alike get frustrated throwing the same old cake and coffee party every time they have a celebration for their child. Whether you’re needing to plan a small party at your home, a mitzvah, graduation or something as large as a fundraiser, these...Posted on June 14, 2017 at 11:53 AM
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Your baby's first year of life is filled with many amazing milestones—smiling, laughing, sitting, crawling and more. But out of all of these milestones, one of the most anticipated is celebrating her first birthday. Being part of your family for one full year is a momentous occasion that deserves an extra-special celebration. To help get the planning process started, here is a look at the top five must-haves a...Posted on April 29, 2016 at 12:38 PM
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My wife started planning our daughter’s first birthday party months ahead of time.
It was an intricate circus theme, including 19 documented ideas that I will spare you of except for these: wine bottles whose labels were entitled “cirque du vin” or had circus elephants on them; three flavors of homemade popcorn served in bright red pails with chrome-plated scoops and red and white striped peanut bags; and mini circus-animal cake pops.
If you want t...Posted on April 15, 2016 at 11:42 AM
Every party, big or small, has a pooper—don’t let it be you. What am I talking about specifically? Birthday party etiquette for parents. If you are in any local Facebook mom groups or have checked out the NPN forum, you will see that parents are making party fouls left and right that end with tears from both kids and adults. Here’s how to avoid kid birthday party blunders:
If you're throwing a party...
No one likes to be left out. So err on the side of caution and invite ever...Posted on March 18, 2016 at 1:27 PM
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For parents trying to limit their kids' candy intake and the little dollar-store toys littering the living-room floor, figuring out how to populate an Easter basket or coming up gifts for the Easter Bunny to hide can be tough. One NPN parent asked for creative ideas for Easter gifts on the discussion forum this week, and our members had some great ideas.
Here are some of their suggestions:
Many of us parents like to plan (often to have our uncooperative children thwart those plans). And with the holidays upon us, there's so much to do in the city that you'll want to mark events on your calendar. What are the best things to do with kids during the holidays? One member posed that question on our main discussion forum, and our members had great suggestions.
Here they are, in no particular order:
Christkindlmarket (Nov. 20-Dec. 24): This German-style open-air holiday m...Posted on November 12, 2015 at 12:27 PM