Happy Half Birthday to You

Celebrate the Midway Mark

half birthday party kits!

When you have young children, there’s always an excuse to celebrate. Went pee-pee in the potty? Call the relatives. Counted to twenty? Ice cream all around.

Get extra mileage out of the mother of all milestones with Half Birthday Party Kits. The packages of paper tableware (with colorful illustrations of half slices of cake and half party hats) and shiny balloons proudly announce that your little reveler has hit the midway mark.

The loot was created by a proud Arizona grandmother and her son, who on their site give ideas on how to throw a bash six months after the big day. (Our favorite tip: Sing only half of the birthday song.)

We love the silliness of it all, especially for kids with b-days in the middle of winter (sorry, stuck inside again), over summer break (shucks, no school party), or smack-dab on another holiday (“Merry Christmas, oh, and happy birthday, Timmy”).

Now everyone can live it up to the fullest.

Available online at halfbirthdayparties.com, $4-$15.

birthday party ideas!Surprise! There are more ways to party hearty.

this week in atlanta!

Trains, Trucks, and Tractors

What: Go for a hayride, make crafts, and check out vehicles big and small.
Why: Tiny roadsters climb behind the wheel (luckily, no keys are involved).
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Southeastern Railway Museum, 3595 Buford Hwy. (770-476-2013). Adults, $8; children 2-12, $5; under 2, free.

National Root Beer Float Day
What: Cool off with the all-American treat.
Why: Two bucks off makes it go down even easier.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Cowlicks Yogurt & Floats, 2460 Cumberland Pkwy. SE (770-433-9008).

Smyrna Birthday Celebration

What: Fireworks, music, and a special KidZone mark the town’s anniversary.
Why: Cupcakes for the crowd.
When: Sat., 6-10 p.m.
Where: The Village Green, 200 Village Green Cir., Smyrna.

Photo: Courtesy of Half Birthday Parties

Cowlicks Yogurt & Floats
2460 Cumberland Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
The Village Green
200 Village Green Cir
Smyrna, GA 30080
3595 Buford Hwy
Duluth, GA 30096