Throwing a kids birthday party planning isn’t what it used to be. Party favors, elaborate cakes, live entertainment- kids birthday parties are way over the top. Dig through our posts below for our picks for best party ideas.

BookPig Makes a Great Gift
Does your kid devour books faster than you can get to the libary? Rather than making constant trips (only to find them reluctant to return favorites), why not try out BookPig? Despite its gluttonous name, it’s not an endless stream of books delivered to your door, but one shipment each month. It works like Netflix for books, with a monthly fee, and you and your child put books into a queue, then wait for the fun, brightly colored package to arrive each month.

Green Goody Bag Means Eco-Friendlier Birthdays
Birthdays can bring out the eco-guilt like little else. Put your trust in Burlingame-based Green Party Goods this year: They’ve thought of everything, from tableware and streamers to party favors and games. The best part is discovering a comprehensive resource for eco-friendly, fun, and stylish parties that celebrate your kids and the environment.

ACME Party Box Company: Earth Friendly Birthdays
So you’re throwin’ a party and want earth friendly birthday ideas because you’re concerned about how much gets thrown away. For that big bash with a small environmental footprint, check out the ACME Party Box Company.

Artsy Birthday Party Ideas
So you’re not the parent who makes personalized goodie bags and plans themed parties down to the engraved napkins. That doesn’t mean your child can’t have a birthday party bursting with creativity. Art-based parties are where the kids shine most, showing off their innate sense of uninhibited self-expression. And you don’t even have to clean up the mess. Here are some of the options for throwing an artsy birthday party in a Bay Area town near you.

Custom Birthday Cookies
Why settle for a cupcake when a cookie can present itself in the shape of an animal, insect, favorite toy, or even a party dress? These artistic bakers have not only perfected their cookie recipes, they’ve got a vision in mind for your special occasion.Why settle for a cupcake when a cookie can present itself in the shape of an animal, insect, favorite toy, or even a party dress? These artistic bakers have not only perfected their cookie recipes, they’ve got a vision in mind for your special occasion.

Happy Hula Birthday Party
It’s time to fire up the grill and turn on the Hawaiian music—you’re throwing a b-day luau! It’s a kid’s party, so no need to roast an entire pig underground or mash up poi for the occasion. Just a few small details will keep the birthday girl and all her friends happy for the day.

Personalized Birthday Books and Cards
On your child’s birthday, he or she is the star for the day. Whether your theme involves knights and castles, pirates and dragons, or bugs and animals, one way to start the fun is with personalized invitations that highlight both the celebrant and the “kingdom.”On your child’s birthday, he or she is the star for the day. Whether your theme involves knights and castles, pirates and dragons, or bugs and animals, one way to start the fun is with personalized invitations that highlight both the celebrant and the “kingdom.”Flatten Me creates invitations starring none other than your b-day star, digitally set in underwater world, fast-moving train, forest, or sea.

Ideas for Gift Free Birthday
Flush with all the toys and clothes your tot could ever want? Consider throwing a present-free party for your child’s next birthday. You might have tried doing this in the past, but found that folks like getting something to commemorate a wee one’s birthday and have a hard time showing up emptyhanded. So if you feel your guests’ presence is truly the only present your child requires, you may need to suggest some alternatives.

Bay Area Made- Birthday Spruce-Ups
Every now and then you go to a birthday party that has something really unique–a special decorative touch, crafty table theme, or even a custom-made embellishment you wish you’d known about first. Here are some ideas that are sure to get your guests’ attention at the next fiesta.

-Sela Keating