We recently had our son’s 8th birthday and party, and I was quite overwhelmed with the number of websites out there with birthday party tips and ideas.  So, here are a few of my favorites, pared down from the almost 100 sites I originally bookmarked!

www.birthdaypartyideas.com  Talk about a clearinghouse for ideas!  Readers submit their own by theme and age.  It is a terrific resource for finding that little extra “oomph” to make the day memorable!  While it took me a while to sift through the list it gave me, I now have TONS of ideas for future birthdays…some of these people really go all out.

www.birthdayexpress.com and www.celebrateexpress.com  These two sites provide just about every item you might need for a great party, from plates to party favors.  Licensed themes as well as “originals” are included.  Another great site for stocking up on party supplies is www.orientaltrading.com

www.vistaprint.com  Looking to do something new for invitations this year?  Check out vistaprint and their possibilities.  www.shutterfly.com and even your local photo developing site have terrific samples for photo invitations.

Looking for a spectacular cake?  Check out www.cakesacrossamerica.com and their selection.  Be warned however, that cakes start at $58 for a 10-slice cake.  But, they can deliver in a moment’s notice!

For the little guys, check out www.pbsparents.org.  PBS provides party ideas based on theme on their site.  They have games, decorating ideas and even a recipe or two!