Plan A Perfect Party

X marks the spot
As a child, nothing else quite tops your birthday (okay, maybe Christmas wins out) as the best day of the year. While parents might only remember the late nights spent baking cupcakes the day before (and the last-minute frosting of cupcakes the next morning before heading to school), children often spend all year planning out their next birthday...
The Perfect Kids' Party
For children, birthdays are akin to Christmas. It’s their special day out of the remaining 364 when everything revolves around them. Perhaps there is breakfast in bed, certainly presents. And then there is the party, where, for a couple of hours, the birthday kid and all their close friends can compete like athletes or have a faux sleepover, and...
Cake pops
When hosting a birthday party or celebrating another kid-friendly occasion, offering a sweet finish at the end of the celebratory meal is often what each child looks forward to most. But the next time there is a party in the house, instead of pulling out that recipe for your tried-and-true triple chocolate cookies or calling the corner bakery to...
Fall harvest kids menu
After bobbing for apples, jumping in leaf piles, and bowling with gourds outside, serve your birthday child and friends this healthy meal full of fall flavors. Then, let them decorate their own pumpkin cupcakes.   Drinks: Rosy Cranberry Cider From MarthaStewart.com This sweet-tart cider is a different twist on a fall favorite.     Lunch:...
We love Sophie. We loved her first adventure and now we’re super excited that the second book, Sophie and the City: Grand Central Escapades is out and features a wonderful adventure back to the Roaring Twenties. Follow Sophie as she meets everyone from flappers to jazz musicians to fashion designers, and learns what life was really like during...
Cool Film-Inspired Cakes for Kids
Movies stoke our imaginations. They take us on journeys we could otherwise only imagine — a house floating through the air, a world turned on its head, or a factory made of candy. And these film-inspired cakes stoke our imaginations, too, creatively combining themes and favorite characters into an incredible, edible sweet. Looking for your own...

Themes, Favors, Treats, & More

Kid-Friendly Holiday Kitchen Crafts

There are a lot of fun things to make with kids in the kitchen during the holiday season. Cookie decorating is always a favorite pastime, but there are lots of other great things to do, too. Have you ever made food for reindeer or “gingerbread” houses out of graham crackers? How about making ice cream out of fresh snow? We’ve got you totally...

Blowing out candles

Is your little one celebrating a birthday soon? Thinking about throwing a party but nervous about picking the perfect theme, party favors, food, entertainment, and/or venue? Whether it’s your first time entertaining dozens of kids half your height for hours, or are looking for some fresh ideas and helpful tips, we’re here to help.

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Nigiri costumes

With Halloween around the corner, it is about time to start thinking about all those costumes, cute for the little ones, maybe sexy if you are older, to choose from when dressing up. To get you ready, we’ve put together a list of 15 fun food-themed costumes for kids. There are spaghetti and meatballs and adorable nigiri sushi (pictured right),...

Cool Kids' Birthday Party Ideas

Birthday parties are definitely past the Barney phase; now it's all about spa-themed sleepovers and seasonal parties. The Daily Meal brainstormed 10 exciting kid parties (think cars and superheroes) a while back, but here are some trendy party...

Favorite Food-Related Children's Books

Some of us grew up at the kitchen table watching our grandmothers and mothers make amazing dishes come to life, like blueberry pie or a classic dish of spaghetti. While we had front row seats to the delicious action, some other kids weren't so lucky… unless they were reading a book.

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Last week we introduced you to our newest fabulous contributor, Sophie. This week, we’re talking about her wonderful reading on the Upper East Side hosted by chic mom web site Elizabeth Street, where the treats were just as fashionable as the attire.

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Host an 'Avengers' Party for the Little Superhero

Who’s excited about The Avengers movie? Generations both young and old will be flocking to movie theaters this weekend to see their favorite superheroes come together and fight in the summer’s first official blockbuster. While for adults and parents the movie is a look back to their childhood comic book favorites, for kids, it’s all...

Polka Dot Pops

Polka dots are just happy, pure and simple. As summer weather dwindles away, the kids are moving slower and dreading going to school. Try perking them up with a polka dot-themed dinner. Or a polka dot sandwich on their first day of school followed by polka dot pops for an extra special after-school snack. Who knows, these treats might even...

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