Families with Style: Throw a Birthday Bash

Want to throw a birthday party that your child and her friends (and, yes — admit it — their moms) will never forget? Looking for something that will differentiate it from all the others? Think outside the box! It just takes one memorable birthday party idea, and here style maven Liz Lange offers a few to get the creative juices flowing.

Invitations

You need to send them anyway, so use the opportunity to think outside the box and set the theme of the birthday party. If you've got a girly girl, Liz says, set the stage for a glamour or beauty bash by heading over to the local drugstore for dollar lipsticks and nail polish. Make a card, and attach the beauty product with a string.

Planning a beach birthday party? Whatever the season and no matter how far away the ocean, nothing's stopping you from pouring a little sand or a couple of seashells into the envelope. It's a cute way to personalize store-bought invites. And if you want to go totally homemade, why not write the party info on the shell or attach the shell to a tag!

Does your child love Dora? Or SpongeBob? Buy themed birthday party invites and then personalize them. Take a picture of your child's face and glue it over the character's face to superimpose the birthday boy or girl on the scene.

Favors

Why go for cheap trinkets when you can give them something they'll love and use? Liz suggests simple, inexpensive basics: a box of Crayola crayons. A fun pad and pen. And what about a birthday party where the kids make their own favors? (Check out the themes below.)

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