While there's nothing wrong with lavishing your little one on her big day, this occasion is also a great opportunity to give back. Here's how.
Looking for a gift that isn't a toy? Activities and experiences can be the perfect present. Here, clutter-free ideas that will create lasting memories.
These homemade birthday decor, craft, and food ideas can all be customized for your child. The best part? They all start with affordable and basic supplies.
If you have this basic household items, then you have a hope your child may one day successfully blow out his birthday candles!
How to Make a Pixel Cake
To make this cute pixel cake, cut licorice into scant pieces and arrange using a cross-stitch pattern on a square, frosted cake (store-bought works!). Get the pattern template at familyfunmag.com/pixelcake.
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
See how to turn store-bought ice cream sandwiches into one impressive (and easy!) dessert.
How to Make a Candy Cake
To make this mosaic-inspired candy cake, arrange assorted monochromatic candy over the top and sides of a round, frosted cake (store-bought works!), and add a candy number on top.
To make this fun galaxy cake, cover a chocolate-frosted cake (store-bought works!) with chocolate cookie crumbs, top with fondant starburst shapes and candies, and sprinkle with silver sanding sugar.
To make this pretty pretzel cake, shingle mini pretzel twists in alternating colors around a round, frosted cake (store-bought works!), and top with larger pretzels.
Welcome your guests "home" with this pretty-in-pink dollhouse. From the delicious door to the sweet shingles, have a blast creating your one-of-a-kind design!
Rodeo Roundup Boot Cake
Kick up some rootin' tootin' birthday fun! All it takes are a few simple cuts and some easy frosting techniques to make this cool cowboy boot cake.
Parents contributor Jenna Helwig shows us how to make an impressive ganache coated cake with a simple powdered sugar stencil.
Don't be intimidated by piping. Parents contributor Jenna Helwig shows us how to properly fill, hold, and use a pastry bag to decorate a cake with borders and letters.
Watch as Parents contributor Jenna Helwig shows you how to prep your cake for decorating. Learn to level your layers and put on a crumb coat.
Learn to make bakery-worthy cakes. Watch as Parents contributor Jenna Helwig shows you how to create frosting swirls and decorative edges.
If your child loves T-Rex and Stegosaurus, get prehistoric with a dinosaur-egg shaped cake.
Modern Art Cake
Now is the time to bring the traditional birthday cake into modern times with this Jackson Pollock-inspired treat. The crazier, the better, so let your little artist go to town.
Lotsa Lollies Cake
Does your child have the ultimate sweet tooth? Try our Lotsa Lollies Cake. This birthday surprise is definitely Lollipop Guild approved.
Cat Birthday Cake
This cake is the cat's meow! Watch out video to bake the purr-fect cake.
A favorite game's silliness gives lots of inspiration for colorful fun at this party.
Score big with these soccer-themed party foods and more.