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Bedtime Story Party

For an evening birthday party, lay some blankets on the lawn, have some dessert, and celebrate with an outdoor "story hour" that the kids are sure to love (perhaps a favorite of the birthday boy or girl's choosing). Ice cream is always a crowd-pleasing favorite in the Summer, so consider root beer floats or ice cream sundaes.

For older kids, set up a few activities like card games and board games, and for the young ones, try setting up a simple craft station, and make easy and creative party favors for everyone to take home.

Photos by Francesco Lagnese. Copyright © 2011, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Originally published in the June 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine.