Getting together with friends and family becomes even more important once you have kids. Here's what you need to know to about easy meals, quick bites, minding your budget, no-stress preparations, and how to make entertaining fun for you and for the kids.

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Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

To reheat leftover quesadillas warm them in a dry frying pan.

A Quick Etiquette Guide to Baby Celebrations

Get the lowdown on what's expected at these special (and emotion-filled) social events.

How to Host an Easter Buffet: Recipes & Tips

Welcome friends and family with this simple, stylish Easter menu of recipes and table decorations that's guaranteed to delight little bunnies and grown-ups alike.

4 Sweet Treats Made with Peeps

Delight your kids and rack up the "likes" with these Insta-worthy crafts. (You can eat 'em after you make 'em!)

Fresh Spring Desserts

Take a cue from the warming temperatures of spring and spruce up dessert with these fruit-filled creations. Berries, stone fruit, and citrus punch up cakes, parfaits, pies, and more! Any of these simple sweets is sure to brighten your table at Easter or any time your family craves a special treat.

Jewel Box Jigglers

No more one-colored treats: Prettify your gelatin desserts with this recipe for Jewel Box Jigglers.

Unicorn Milkshake

The key to this adorable Unicorn Milkshake is not to skimp on the pizzazz! It's all about the decorations: sprinkles, chocolate and whipped cream.

A Global Potluck

Asking friends to bring a dish from their cultural background is a great recipe for teaching about diversity.

Tiffani Thiessen on Busy Weeknight Dinners, Kids in the Kitchen, and Her Family's Newest Addition

Celeb mom Tiffani Thiessen dishes to Parents.com on her favorite dinners for busy weeknights, her little kitchen helper, and life as a family of four.

Thai Chicken-Broccoli Wraps

Broccoli slaw makes a quick filler for these healthy chicken sandwiches. Peanut sauce adds extra flavor.

Crispy Tilapia Cakes

Make a tasty spread for the tilapia cakes: Combine equal parts plain Greek yogurt, mayo, and ketchup. Grown-ups might appreciate the addition of a little horseradish.

Oatmeal Cookies

The recipes for oatmeal cookies probably equal the number of cookie bakers. Our recipe gives you options aplenty so you can make your favorite version.

Rainbow Jell-O

Cherry gelatin, yogurt, and white grape juice make the red, pink and white layers in this pretty dessert. They are also good snacks.

4 Flexible Family Meals for Vegetarians and Carnivores

Dinner gets flexible with these dishes that cater to both vegetarians and the carnivores who love them. The trick? Prep one plant-based meal and add meat to half.

Fiesta Fun: How to Throw a Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Break out the blender and throw a family-friendly Cinco de Mayo party with easy crafts and fun recipes from Mexican mom Pati Jinich, author of the new cookbook Mexican Today.

8 Gorgeously Glittery Unicorn Foods You Can Make at Home

It's the most magical food fad sweeping the internet: Unicorn treats! Try one of these fun, pretty ideas--and add some sparkle to your snacks.

End-o'-the-Rainbow Cookies

Instructions for making St. Patrick's Day sugar cookies that look like rainbows.

Food Writer Melissa Clark Invites Us into Her Kitchen

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Melissa Clark: The New York Times columnist, author of countless cookbooks (including her latest, In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite) and the mastermind behind the feature story, A Global Potluck in the September issue of Parents magazine. Clark dishes on her fool-proof cooking method, her love of pie, and the cookbook she couldn't live without.

Bake A Back-to-School School-Bus Cake

Celebrate the new school year with a dessert that's as fun to make as it is to eat.

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