Games & Goodies for a Pirate Party

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My six year old daughter has an intense love for all things pirate so it was only natural that she’d request a pirate party for her birthday. My challenge was to host a swashbuckling good time for the girls in her class who are perhaps a bit more interested in mermaids than buccaneers. It is [...]

How to Throw a Dinosaur Birthday Party (Part 1)

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This Dinosaur Birthday Party post is part of our Ultimate Birthday Bash series, and is shared by our co-host Joyce from Childhood Beckons. My family loves birthday parties. I love planning them and my son loves experiencing them. But this year I wanted to keep it simple. So today I’m sharing our stress-free and super amazing [...]

How to Host a Butterfly Birthday Party

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Over on teach mama today, our Blog Ambassador Amy shares some adorable tips on how to host a Butterfly Birthday Party! We couldn’t resist posting some of the adorable tips and photos with you here: For her little one’s sixth birthday, Amy planned a simply delightful butterfly-themed event. With a few friends, she planned some sweet treats (you [...]

Stacy Shares: Planning a One of A Kind Birthday

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This post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. I love asking my kids, “How do you want to celebrate your special day?”   – Stacy Birthday parties are so much fun, but what do you do when your child’s imagination doesn’t quite fit into a typical birthday [...]

5 Poolside Birthday Party Tips

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No time to clean the house, look up fancy recipes, or plan an elaborate birthday party for your little one? You’re not alone. Let go of your Pinterest guilt and throw together a simple pool party. Below are five tips for hosting an easy poolside birthday party: 1. Let the children enjoy the water. The [...]

Yee-Haw! Hosting a Farm/Tractor-Themed Party!

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Our guest blogger, Julie (A Year with Mom and Dad) is a master at hosting themed birthday parties for her kids. So we thought she would be a great person to kick-off our upcoming “Birthdays are a BLAST!” month on the Melissa & Doug blog! Her recent post shares how to host a Farm/Tractor Themed [...]

Pretend Play Props – Mess Free Necklace

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Written by Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” Sometimes all it takes is a great imagination, but sometimes you need some sparkle! My daughter loves her Melissa [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Racing Flags!

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This idea for creative play and crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie These racing flags were easy to make, and afterwards they inspired the kids to go outside for some active play to burn off some of their extra [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: A Box Full of Surprises

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The Box Girls: Box of Questions There are no wrong answers to the thought-provoking questions in these sets—just lots of opportunities to stretch your imagination, laugh out loud and get to know your loved ones better! Think you already know your friends and family better than anyone? Tackle this challenge: Instead of answering a question [...]