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To make sure you don't forget anything, make a party supply birthday list a few weeks in advance. Most people start with plates, napkins and cups. If you'll be eating outside, a tablecloth ensures a clean eating surface in addition to providing some party atmosphere. Balloons are fun for older kids but be aware that younger children can be afraid of them popping. (And make sure you pick up the pieces of any burst balloons to avoid choking hazards.) A pinata is traditional in many areas, filled with small candy and toys. Birthday banners and signs, special candles, and hats are nice additions as well.