“Ringer” Gift, Party & Playdate Ideas

"Ringer" Gift, Party, & Playdate Ideas from Melissa & Doug

You’ve barely got your kiddos back in school, and the birthday-party invitations have already started streaming in. Sheesh! More shopping and figuring out what other kids’ parents will approve of. Or, if YOU are the host, time to find a party theme or activity that everyone will like. That’s where we come in… We’ve made [...]

Zoo Train Party Ideas

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This Planning a Zoo Train Birthday Party post is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com .Creating custom parties for my kids has become a slight (and surprising!) hobby of mine over the years. We’ve celebrated birthdays with a car themed party, a train themed party, a farm / tractor themed party, and [...]

Two Pirate Party Printables (for Kids!)

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Yesterday, our Birthday Bash co-host Tiffany shared adorable pirate party tips, recipes, games, and more! To polish off your pirate party, we created these two pirate-themed printables: 1) Pirate Treasure Map Setting up a treasure hunt in your backyard (or inside if the weather doesn’t cooperate) is a fantastic organized activity for any party. Scatter [...]

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 [...]

DIY Dinosaur Birthday Party Favor Bags

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Part 2 of our “How to Host a Dinosaur Birthday Party” blog post is part of our Ultimate Birthday Bash series, and is shared by our co-host Joyce from Childhood Beckons. I get excited about the details of a party. The small touches really pull everything together in a festive way, but sometimes the details and work can [...]

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 [...]

NEW Arts & Crafts Kits from Melissa & Doug: Cut-Crease-Create!

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Winter is the best season for arts and crafts: with more and more time spent indoors, parents are always looking for something to entertain antsy little ones! If you’re looking for a fun and unique indoor activity, then check out our new Cut-Crease-Create kits! About Cut-Crease-Create Kits Cut-Crease-Create kits allow kids to create stunning paper [...]