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A Birthday Party Fit For a Prince

A certain prince is having a birthday today. But you don’t have to be royalty to have a birthday party fit for a prince or princesses. Use these ideas for your next party and you’ll have a shindig that even Prince George himself would be envious of.

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Amazing prince cake from Hostess with the Mostess.

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DIY paper cup fascinators from Parents.

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It’s my birthday crown on zulily.com.

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DIY tutu table skirt from Catch My Party.

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DIY crowns made form toilet paper rolls via Creative Jewish Mom.

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Personalized prince bodysuit on zulily.com.

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Silver spoon bib from zulily.com.

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Party hats with the royal treatment from Popsugar.

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Blue star beanie on zulily.com.

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Carriage photo frame on zulily.com.

Best Birthday Gifts by Age

There’s a universal question when it comes to kids’ birthdays: What’s the best gift to get a __ (fill in the blank)-year-old?

Well worry no longer because we have the answers. We asked our buyers and here’s what they came up with.

Shop all our picks for birthday presents by age today.

Infant: Stimulating toys that keep babies minds occupied and growing.

Farm Gym Play Nest from Galt Toys

Jungle Teether Soft Book from Galt Toys

Age 3-5:  Pretend play toys for budding imaginations.

Kayleigh Dollhouse from KidKraft

Rosy Cheeks Big Sister Ballerina Doll from North American Bear

Age 6-8: Educational toys to keep them learning even when they aren’t in school.

Nancy B’s Science Club MoonScope & Activity Journal Set from Educations Insights

Metro Mags Clear Color 60-Piece Building Set 

Age 9-11: Anything with a motor or some sparkle

Message Bracelet Set

Yellow Gen-X Infrared Remote Control Helicopter from Mach 10

Age: 12-14: Outdoor fun to keep them moving.

Zip Line from Spring Swings

Giant Shoot Ball Set from Swimline

3 Quick & Easy Birthday Themes (And How To Make Them Happen)

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zulily’s fourth birthday is approaching and in honor of the Big Day, we’ve thrown a party on the site and come up with some super fun themed activity ideas to make your little one’s party go down in history as the Best.Birthday.Ever.

It’s a zoo in here.

The concept: Come dressed as your favorite animal!

Activities

  • Face painting station for whiskers and whimsy. Make every wee guest feel special with awards for Most fierce, Most cuddly, Most fun and furry…the sky’s the limit!
  • Animal-themed glitter art station.
  • Safari station (more on this below!)
  • Animal-themed food.

What you’ll need

Stocking up on face paint and crafting those awesome awards is just the beginning. Check out these fantastic animal-themed items!

This Glam Art My Sea Friends Set is a great choice for the art station. Kids can apply sparkling sequins and jeweled accents to these sweet sea friends art boards.

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Go from fishes and dolphins straight to safari with this amazing wall accessory. Simply hang on the wall and pair with markers for an activity sure to engage.

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When it’s time to eat, serve animal-themed treats with this Hungry Animal Nonstick Cake Pan! For yummy mini-cakes that look like this:

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The best of friends.

The concept: Come dressed as your favorite character, from Elmo to Belle to the vroom-happy buddies from Cars!

Activity

  • Set up a mini race track for little ones with ride-on’s and bouncy hoppers

What you’ll need

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Treat mini mouseketeers to this fantastic Minnie Activity Ride-On for zooming across the living room or backyard. Boasting a wide and comfortable seat, steering wheel, lights and sensational sound effects, it gets tiny tykes scootin’ indoors or out in style.

For a more basic option, check out this Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Hopper:

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Bitty bouncers love to bop on the back of this fun and graphic ball featuring their favorite guy. With a durable grip for balance and an easy-to-clean surface, it encourages tiny adventurers to bound and explore indoors and out! We’ve got these terrific items decked out in a wide variety of characters kids love. 

Birthday bake-off.

The concept: A cupcake (and cake pop!) bake-a-thon for treat-loving kiddos.

Activity

  • Arrange the guests into teams, and watch ‘em bake and decorate away! Have a cupcake contest, with prizes for Fantastic Frosting, Most Chocolate Chips and Sheer Deliciousness.

What you’ll need 

This must-have book is filled with 175 decadent and delightful recipes for creating irresistibly adorable cake pops that are as fun to make as they are to eat, this cookbook also includes sections on baking doughnut bites, aebleskivers, muffins and savory appetizers too..

And invest in awesome themed cupcake wrappers so kids can take their sensational creations home!

Every single one of the party-makers above are available on zulily starting Friday, January 24th as part of our Happy Birthday bonanza. Be sure to stop by, and make this year one to remember!

the newbie: Baby’s First Birthday

By Melissa Walker, who can also be found blogging at melissacwalker.com


Miss June will be turning a year old at the end of this month. I can hardly believe it! I remember those first few days at home after she was born—how scared and in love and tired and hurt and overwhelmed and overjoyed and on-the-edge I felt.

The daunting task of giving birth is well behind me, but now I have to face… the First Birthday Party. The expectations—from grandma and other mom friends and even co-workers—seem high. Too high, maybe, for a party that the guest of honor won’t remember. I mean, have you ever been to a first birthday party where the celebrated baby didn’t burst into tears at some point? The whole thing is overwhelming. Wrapping paper! Toys! Cake! Flashbulbs! Everyone is looking at you, kid.

We’re planning a backyard gathering, something simple. I’m thinking picnic blankets and cake and bubbles for everyone to play with. But… is that not enough?

I’d love to hear what others did for a first birthday. I want it to be low-key, enjoyable, and not too overwhelming for baby June. Any ideas?