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Oh, please don't go — we'll eat you up — we love you so!'

Where the Wild Things Are makes for a perfect party theme. Here are some of our favorite ideas for throwing your very own wild rumpus.

Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are is filled with imaginative characters, adorable prose and a sentimental lesson all parents and children can appreciate. Sendak's Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. With this delightful book about to embark on it's own 60th Birthday being in print it seemed only fitting to share some ideas for throwing your very own wild rumpus a perfect Birthday party this summer.

The hero of the story, Max, reminds us that imagination is important and finding your friends that you don't want to leave is a true treasure of life. The little attention to details for your party do matter and having great photos taken to capture your child's birthday are priceless. But to truly make a party unforgettable is just let everyone have fun and not make it too structured with activities that don't allow for the kids to enjoy each other and  see where their imagination takes them. 

Sendak said it best, "Children do live in fantasy and reality; they move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do as adults."  Having your child's  friends show up in costumes is always fun and aids in the theatrics of the celebration. 

Another important  tip is deciding how long the party should last. Typically dependent on the age of children and the activities planned. However, as a guide, parties should last about 2 hours. This is long enough for the kids to have fun and not run out of steam or get bored.

Last but not least, celebrating a birthday for a child is a memory that lasts a lifetime. What child would forget having a backyard or park like setting transformed into where they reigned as King over the Wild Things.