- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 21, 2001

Books

• "Birthday Parties for Kids: Creative Party Ideas Your Kids and Their Friends Will Love," by Penny Warner, Prima Publishing, 1998. This book serves as a guide to quick, fun and inexpensive celebrations from party invitations to party favors.

• "FamilyFun Parties: 100 Party Plans for Birthdays, Holidays & Every Day," edited by Deanna F. Cook and experts at FamilyFun magazine, Hyperion, 1999. The book offers help on inexpensive, easy-to-copy activities.

• "Creative Sleepovers for Kids: Fun Activities, Themes and Ideas for Overnight Parties for Boys or Girls," by Julie Lavender, Prima Publishing, 2001. This book contains information on turning sleepovers into fun events for everyone even the host parents and is loaded with decorating tips and games.

• "Let's Have a Party: The Winning Entries in the Nationwide Children's Birthday Party Contest," by Larry Zisman, Honey Zisman and Jordana LeBlanc, St. Martin's Press, 1998. Parents submitted their favorites for this compilation of theme-party ideas for children of all ages. This book is not a how-to guide, but a jumping-off point for creative and energetic parents.

Online

• IVillage.com and Parentsoup.com, operated by the media company IVillage Inc., provide articles and information about creating a memorable birthday party. On the Parentsoup boards, parents can post ideas in a bulletin-board format (https://boards.parentsoup.com/messages/get//pspartytime38.html).

• Gathering goody-bag fillers is easy at online children's favors sites that offer party supplies, crafts and gifts. Example are U.S. Toy (www.ustoy.com) or Oriental Trading Co. (www.oriental.com).


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