Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.View Slideshow
Old-fashioned handmade decorations, classic party games, and activities make for a nostalgic Halloween party just for kids.
Use scrapbooking papers and our patterns to assemble this wise owl invitation, which will spread the word on all the party details.
Treat party guests to a fun table with handmade decorations. Serve yummy (and easy!) kids' favorites, such as cheese sandwiches, celery sticks with peanut butter, grapes, and orange juice.
Make serving easy by prepacking a personalized lunch box for each guest. The embellished paperboard boxes also double as take-home favors.
End the meal with season-appropriate caramel apples. The jack-o'-lantern facial features are cut out from fondant and stuck onto prepared caramel apples. You can opt to serve them as dessert, or wrap the apples in clear treat bags to send home as favors.
Use these paper-and-felt-decorated paint cans for a simple game of beanbag toss. Young players toss beanbags into the buckets, counting points by the numbers on the owls' tails. (See next slide for directions on making beanbags.)
Petite pyramid-shape beanbags fit easily into pint-size hands. The appliquéd game pieces will outlive the party and can be added to your kids' toy box once the festivities are over.
Let kids take turns tossing the pyramid-shape beanbags into the owl buckets. Mark a designated throwing line along the floor with masking tape.
End the party on a quieter note with a Mr. Potato Head-style pumpkin craft, which takes a little bit of preparty prep. Make the mix-and-match facial features and hats before the party. Paint small pumpkins in different colors and place adhesive fabric dots on the backs of the face pieces. Let kids pick from the premade parts to assemble their imaginative pumpkin pals.
By putting the fabric dots on the pieces beforehand, you eliminate the need for messy glue during the party.
Send guests home with their personalized totes full of take-home treats and lots of happy memories.