There are plenty of reasons why they say winter is the most magical time of year for kids. From Santa Claus to ringing in a new year, what's not to love?
But when you're planning Christmas parties or other holiday celebrations for children, you might feel overwhelmed. Should it be a gingerbread house-making party or a cookie exchange? What kid-friendly foods have a holiday theme? Are there holiday-themed games for children to play?
These articles will help answer those questions and more.... For other holiday ideas, please check out the creative tips and useful resources in our About Family Holiday Survival Guide.
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Holiday Party Games for Kids
Fun, active, holiday-themed games your kids can play at a Christmas, Hanukkah or other winter party.
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Not sure where to begin when planning a Christmas party? Choosing a theme, such as gingerbread making, cookie exchange or charity work, will help narrow your focus.
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Baby, it's cold outside, but children will warm up to these kid-friendly culinary Christmas creations. From breadsticks shaped like candy canes to "Jack Frosty" mint shakes, you'll find enough here to build a whole holiday menu.
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New Year's Parties and College Kid Reunions
Winter break doubles as a mini reunion for college-age kids. Get the gang back together again for a New Year's Day brunch, holiday open house or other gathering.Continue to 5 of 18 below.
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How to Plan a Kids' Christmas Party
Ideas for Christmas-themed games, snacks, crafts and more for a festive holiday party.
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On your way to a holiday potluck but don't have time to make an elaborate dish? Recipes that please a crowd of kids and can be cooked quickly.
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You've created the menu, frosted the cookies, decorated the tree and wrapped the party favors. But what in the world will the kids actually do during your holiday party? These clever Christmas-themed games answer that question.
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Before You Throw a Holiday Party
In the excitement of hosting a holiday party, you might forget your own children's emotional needs. Tips (such as asking your child to be "in charge" of younger kids and allowing your child to hide certain toys) to avoid tantrums, meltdowns and unnecessary stress for little ones.Continue to 9 of 18 below.
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New Year's Eve Party Planner for Teens
New Year's Eve can be a fun, but dangerous night for teens. A guide to throwing an end-of-the-year bash that's safe and memorable.
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You might think that kids fail to notice how a party space looks, but Christmas party decorations can put children in the holiday spirit. Making the extra effort to create a scene will be worth it, even if Junior and his friends don’t explicitly say, “Lovely party decorations, Mrs. Smith.”
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Party Favors for Christmas Goody Bags
Tired of stuffing goody bags with the same old, well ... stuff? Here are Christmas party favors you might not have considered yet.
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Hosting a gingerbread house-making party for kids? Don't spend a week baking gingerbread. These instructions for building graham cracker houses will save you time and money.Continue to 13 of 18 below.
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Celebrate Hanukkah with Kids
Make the "Festival of Lights" fun for kids with these party, gift and food ideas.
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In the African-American culture, Kwanzaa is a holiday that honors tradition and deepens children's understanding of their heritage. It's also a lot of fun--seven days of food, music, dancing, creativity and other family activities!
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Traditionally, New Year's Eve is considered a holiday for grownups. True, midnight is past most kids' bedtimes, but there are still a lot of fun ways to usher in the new year with children.
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The Best Martha Stewart Christmas Ideas for Kids' Parties
Martha Stewart's treasure trove of great ideas can be overwhelming. Check out this carefully chosen collection of her best Christmas ideas for kids' parties.Continue to 17 of 18 below.
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DIY Christmas Party SuppliesDIY Christmas party supplies let you flex your creative muscles and can save you money. Here are some projects you can make yourself for a unique, personal party that shows kids not everything has to come from a store.
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Share Your Holiday Party Ideas
Did you throw a holiday party for kids? Have some Christmas party ideas to share? Use this easy form to show off your bash.