Here's the essential guide to help parents, and anyone who spends much time with toddlers to ten-year-olds, organize every aspect of successful parties, whether for a birthday, halloween or any other festive occasion. Practical yet fun ideas illustrated with hundreds of colorful step-by-step illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions cover partytime from the planning stage, to invitations parents and kid can make together, and going-home presents. Tested recipes include baking a smiling, giant clown chocolate chip cookie to interesting new ways to present party favorites, from sandwiches, drinks and cakes, to barbecued foods and dips. Imaginative themes and games, whether quiet or active, range from princess parties, to dinosaur, Wild West, and pirate parties. Suggestions on venues, entertainers, and even tips on involving shy children make it easy to keep the party running smoothly. Best of all, every idea in this book can be achieved in a pinch, and on a budget.