Enter to win this prize package from my princess in training party!

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  • My ribbon barrette maker
  • Sophia the first necklace from event sponsor, Sweet Lil Bows
  • chocolates
  • nail polish and eyeliner
  • travel perfume atomizer
  • Sophia the First toddler panties from event sponsor, Catchick6 Creations
  • Sophia the first Disneyside wands
  • Twinning teas
  • stickers and coloring sheet from Happy Family
  • rejewel.me skin tattoos
  • Disneyside Cinderella button
  • Sophia the First, water bottle, chapsticks
  • bubbles
  • plus if you live in Manhattan, also win 2 free skate passes for South Street Seaport’s skating rink! AND if you like, you can also take home with you the remaining, unused, Sophia the First party items shown below

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Just leave a comment here with your name and state, and another comment in any of my previous posts.

And check out JandG Handmade for adorable, girly hair accessories!  Get 20%off anything with code, “princess” at checkout!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

Post-princess party, I couldn’t bare to take down the decor right away even if I had lived with pieces of it for 2 weeks leading up to it during the planning and setup stages.  So I re-used it for Valentine’s by taking down the Sophia The First #disneyside elements and keeping the fuschia pink fabric on the foam core board.  Juliet’s boyfriend (yes she’s not yet two and has a Valentine already), gave her the sweetest Hello Kitty card which I posted as the centerpiece to our Valentine’s backdrop.

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Before this was up though, I gave Juliet a little pre-Valentine’s breakfast treat – heart shaped pancakes.  She helped me mix the batter and loved getting to add the red sprinkles on top.

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I know this is a late Valentine’s post but I hope you all had a happy Valentine’s!

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On Valentine’s day, we made Valentine’s themed art and played at Kidville’s awesome new gym in the Financial District of NYC.

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Below are some videos from Kidville’s Valentine party, Citibabes where she’s riding a horse, and a baby photo shoot with her friend.  As you can see, it was a fun-filled Valentine’s weekend for little Juliet!

IMG_2138I can’t get enough of matching outifts in photo shoots, so here’s another one!  Thanks for this pic, Suzanne (from Gotham Love photography)!

 

 

I was selected as a host by Mom Select for Disney Side Celebrations and received a kit with decorations, party favors and other supplies to inspire me to plan an at home celebration.  I was asked to plan and execute party details on my own .   No monetary compensation was provided and the views and opinions are my own.

 

 

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This is all I could think when faced with the challenge of planning a princess party on minimal budget within 2 weeks for 8-10 2 year olds at my apartment.  I don’t have a nanny so all I could do was devote 30minutes each day to researching, planning, purchasing and setting up as soon as my #disneyside 20lb box of decor, and party favors arrived care of Disney and Mom Select Media.  (See earlier post about being a chosen blogger to host an at home celebration).  Somehow my prince charming of a husband put up with me and all the pink and purple that took over our house 2 weeks leading up to the celebration.  I swear you’d have thought Sophia The First’s castle had exploded in our living room… For that somewhat pressured (and I say pressured because I’m a perfectionist) period, my head spun as I designed the kids dining area, brainstormed ways to create varied elevation at the snack station, and played with various activity ideas for the kids.

Because I like to stay strictly within a party theme, I opted to exclude using the Mickey decor and baking items received in my package.  I’ll save those for another festive moment in my 2 year old’s life.  And there were several items I chose to break apart and give away in the goody bags like the big box of Disney Princess chapsticks/glosses and box of Disney Princess stickers.  Here is what I ended up giving away as party favors.  Additionally, each guest is still waiting to receive the Princess in Training tee shirts gifted from my one of my event sponsors too since they did not arrive in time.

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And here was the final bag.  I topped off each white bag (bought at the dollar store where a 70 year old man hit on me) with one of the Sophia the First tiaras because I knew my guests were all arriving with their own sparkly head pieces.  goody bag

In addition to preparing goody bags for each guest, a very special, overstuffed bag was created as a prize package for the best dressed mommy and me duo to encourage guests to dress up and show off their princess style.  Here were the contents (some from Disney, some from me and my other sponsors).

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Though honestly, my fashionista mommy friends always seem to be up for a kitschy theme (gotta love that) and are girly enough to enjoy dressing-up so it didn’t take much persuasion power on my end.  I was so thrilled that they took the dressing up as seriously as I did because it really added to the party and made for fun conversation starters.   What a way to kick-off NY Fashion Week, huh?

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As you can imagine, their outfits made it extremely easy for my doorman to recognize who my guests were-see invite here.  Who else would dress this way in NYC on a normal day??

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Just my fab friends…  Aren’t they SO cute??  Winner was selected by popular vote and it was a tough call because all the duos were dazzling in their own way.  But in the end this is who took home the prize!  Totally deserving.

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A Sophia the First coloring sheet (from my Disney package) that featured the Royal Academy and said “welcome” greeted guests at the front door as did a coat check.  Upon entering, guests heard music from Pandora’s “everyday princess” soundtrack in the background as they passed the hall of mirrors into the kids royal dining area.

princess partyDrinks were served and the princesses in training played politely, sharing the princess toys as we waited for all the guests to arrive.  Sophia the First’s movie played silently on the TV.

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princess IMG_5192 I didn’t have Disney princess toys to go along with the theme so had a friend share some of her Disney princess dolls and other collectible toys at the party.

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And I created an accessory station in my bedroom using some old costume jewelry and Juliet’s necklaces and tiaras.  That was a big hit!  I presented the jewels along a chaise that was the perfect height for them to gaze into a mirror and try on sparkly jewelry.

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It was like shopping without the pressure to buy!  What girl doesn’t enjoy THAT?DSC_2362 IMG_5172

I also brought out Juliet’s purses because you know, princesses all have a weakness for purses!

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My sweet daughter was so good about sharing all her fashions, accessories and toys.  Mommy was proud.

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In addition, primping was encouraged.  My vanity featured a princess mani station. Who can resist a chubby toddler hand made even cuter with bows??

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And one of the bathroom mirrors had a princess message written on it, “mirror mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all?”

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Once everyone had arrived, we tried (I emphasize TRIED) to take a group shot of all our princesses in training but that proved to be a bit of a challenge with squirmy 2 year olds…

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So we had fun hamming it up for other shots..

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After pictures (it’s always important to get the shots in before the kids start eating and ruining their outfits lol), the girls dined and sat on big girl thrones (kids chairs that I covered in white tees and tutus).    Surprisingly, the 2 year olds had no major mishaps.  They ate their tiara sandwiches, savory snacks and crown cupcakes in peace.  These princesses were on their BEST behavior!

disney princess partyHere you can see that I didn’t just lay the free Sophia the First plastic table cover down.  I first covered the table legs with a couple, never-used shower curtains that I keep for decorative event purposes like this (see the 1st birthday party that I threw), then I steamed, yes STEAMED the plastic tablecloth that Disney gave me because I’m anal like that, then I laid a ruffly, runner on top for my centerpiece desserts.  The layered additions gave the Sophia the First plastic cover a more elegant touch and elevated the look all together.

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The mini-cupcakes were the perfect size for toddler hands (and appetites) and were simply bought at Whole Foods (along with the heart cookeis).  I was estatic to find the perfect pre-made shade of pink frosting and knew that all I had to do was add my fondant pre-made tiaras that I bought at Michaels for a customized, more couture look.  IMG_5276

My baby is an animal when it comes to devouring her cupcakes.  She was so good at obeying my orders to not touch the cupcakes until all her guests arrived that when it came time to eat, I let her have the requested 2 but then she just HAD to have the last one too….IMG_5316

You don’t have to spend a lot on a kids party.  Just use what you have and get crafty with dollar store finds.  The overhead garland above the dining table is actually just made up of 3 plastic tablecloths that I bought at the dollar store and then hand cut fringe on for instance.

princess in training  And the white lace hearts were leftover craft items I already had and I strung them on ribbons leftover from my wedding.

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The Princess in Training sign is just foam core board that I cut and wrote on and the two Sophia the First framed photos that sit beside it are pictures I found in a free poster album book that I picked up at Little Swappies for free.  I just made sure to find and cut pictures within the same pale pink and purple color theme.

Because I was simultaneously planning my daughter’s 2nd birthday (which was planned to be held 1 month after this party), I really really wanted to stick to a tight budget here. So I got creative.

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I used pages out of that free Sophia the First poster book and created a backdrop by simply taping pages with coordinating colors on the wall.  I bought the posterboard that hangs in the middle on sale at Michaels for $5 then covered it in fabric and velcro taped the Princess tasks for certification list so it became the centerpiece of our Princess in Training snack station.princess in training

I chose to stick the stand alone decorative items that Disney gave me (the 2 small pieces below the foam core board) as wall decor instead of as table decor and placed their snack bowls right beside them on a riser that I created from scratch.

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The center riser is just a diaper box covered in dollar store plastic tablecloth, tissue paper that I cut for my daughter’s first birthday, saved and re-used and extra pom pom trim -also leftover.  And the long narrow, riser in front is a bunch of Kleenex boxes glue-gunned together and wrapped.  You’d never know, right?  Both worked so well I think I’ll re-use them next month at my daughter’s 2nd birthday -just have to re-cover them in a different fabric for her color theme.DSC_2238

The “pretty in pink rice crackers” and “flower petals” are from my sponsor Happy Family, an organic food line, and the “princess pretzels”, well they are a toddler crowd pleaser.  IMG_5181

Savory snacks for the adults included truffled mac ‘n cheese bites, figs, nuts, veggie reduced fat chips, Stacy’s pita chips, purple/pink corn chips (yes I like my food to match the color theme!) and fruit, not shown here.

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My friend couldn’t get over the cuteness of the miniature appetizer plates and forks.

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Mozerella cheese sticks for kids and kids at heart!IMG_5189IMG_1885I bought the purple glitter paper all on sale and used them to accent these cute cake risers (cut into a circle and saran wrapped here).  They were also used as a sparkly counter runner just to bring a little more color into the mix.  So the money I did spend was mainly on snacks and foods.  I got creative with decor and re-used things I had around the house and I think it turned out all right for being on a tight budget, don’t you?

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The snacks which you can’t see up close also included:

  • healthy yogurt granola bars cut into halves and presented in cupcake liners
  • kids mini-sized yogurts perfectly coordinating in purple
  • cocounut macarons
  • prince charming cookies (with a prince emblazoned on each cookie)
  • sliced fruit

Here is the before picture of my Drink jars.

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Frustratingly, this project cost me the most time.  Ever get inspired by Pinterest and then totally regret trying out that crazy idea?  Well, after I had downed a couple cases of this Starbucks mocha frappuccino stuff there really was no turning back.  Even if it did take me over a half an hour to scrub each of the bottle’s stickers off and even if I did lose layers of skin during the process, I was dead set on finishing my Pinterest project!

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Thank you to Party Aww Sweet for supplying the purple and white straws!

While the little princesses were occupied and happily eating in their own royal dining area, I thought it would be fun for the grownups to get to know one another a little better with a little princess activity for ourselves.  So I dreamt up a little game of Princess truth or dare-only without the dares.  Here are some sample questions, (each mom pulled a question randomly and had to answer honestly).

This game and all the questions were made up by me so don’t laugh:

  • Princesses sometimes have to kiss a lot of frogs before finding their prince.  How many did you kiss (multiple choice with different number ranges were given)
  • Princesses own more than just one glass slipper.  How many shoes do you own?
  • Hi Beauty, Have you dated a beast  Why and tell us about it.
  • If you had a magical princess power what would it be and why?

disneyside partyKids are not the only ones who can play games at princess parties!

The party went overtime, a sure sign that the guests were having a good time and I was thrilled to see all the smiling faces and laughter.  In the end the clock struck past people’s diner times and princesses had to rush off in their stroller carriages after receiving their official princess certificate which annointed them as an official princess. I printed these from a free online printable.  See my Pinterest board for more ideas and links to other free princess printables!

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Here’s a couple shots of post-party Cinderella clean-up, dresses, tiaras and all.

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TIPS on making a kid’s party look more sophisticated:

  • Don’t rely on just the kiddie paper products.  Mix in elegant serverware, cake platters and risers.
  • Layer in real linens with the plastic tablecloths and napkins.
  • Feature unique hanging decor like garlands, tassel balls, coordinating ribbons, fringe..Balloons are popular with the kids but also expected.
  • Stick to your color theme and coordinate down to the very last detail.
  • Feature fresh florals – ooh fancy!

And that’s IT!  Read on to the next post where I show you how I transformed this decor into a Valentine’s backdrop and for a chance to win a supersized goody bag from this party!

 

Onto NY Fashion Week and then to furiously finish planning my daughter’s 2nd birthday!

 

 

Special thanks goes out to Disney and their associated sponsors, All, Wisk, Beyond Meat

And my event sponsors:

  • GoGo Squeez fruit squeezes for everyone
  • J and G handmade hair accessories for the prize package plus 20% off the shop for anyone entering promo code ‘princess’ and leaving a comment in this blog post.
  • Crunch Pak free Mickey ear snack packs for everyone
  • Catchick6 Creations princess potty training panties for the prize package and for the upcoming blog giveaway
  • Sweet Lil Bows  Sophia the First necklaces for everyone
  • Happy Family purple teething crackers and pink rice cakes
  • Party Aww Sweet party straws

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In collaboration with Mom Select, I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration.  The opinions expressed here are my own.”  us-mg6.mail.yahoo.com_2015-02-03_16-35-00

I was so excited and honored to have been selected by DISNEY to host a #DisneySide @home celebration and could not wait to receive the package filled with party decor, favors and games.  Given they required us to host the party and blog about it by the end of February, I stalked the MyUps.com site in suspense eagerly waiting my package.  With no information given concerning the contents, how many people we’d be getting supplies for, the color theme, or what princess would be highlighted, my Pinterest-filled imagination went wild in anticipation.  What a way to keep an event planner on edge, Disney!  All I had was their cryptic description stating that I’d get a preschool princess party theme.

I turned to the online FB community for updates but no one seemed to know when we’d exactly be receiving the package or what was inside.  We were all DYING!

All I knew was that I’d have to probably plan for a party of 6-10 princesses since that is all my NY apartment could manage.  I was already thinking of the long stroller line that would be parked outside my apartment…  And given my guests were all around Juliet’s 2-year old age, the activities had to be simplified, short, and easy.  I figured a “princess in training” theme would be perfect for our little ones and immediately went to work on creating an online invite.

I started by brainstorming princess-like words to incorporate such as: enchanted, magical, fancy, castle etc. and managed to come up with the following invitation through Punchbowl which offers free online customized invites in all sorts of Disney and princess themes.

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I could just imagine (and started taking mental shot lists) of all the fun photos that would come from the mommy and me photo shoot and girls twirling in their ballgowns.  And I couldn’t wait to design the kids dining area now that my building agreed to let me borrow their 8′ long kids table and kids chairs.

So when it came down to the last week of January and I still hadn’t received a package, I thought I might burst.  So I used that pent-up energy to begin pitching potential party sponsors.  I was successful at garnering 7 sponsors for my Halloween (ticketed) NYC party and figured I’d give it a try even though this one was hosted at home.  Everyone wants to affiliate themselves with Disney and some adorable princesses after all!  Plus we’d have priceless (professional) pictures to share post-event thanks to my friend and talented photographer, Suzanne from Gotham Love.

 

 

Finally my package came in at the very end of January with just enough time to squeeze in some planning before my Feb 11th kickoff to fashion week date that I had pre-selected.  Here are some shots of the decor that I received.  It’s all Sophia the First themed!disney side princess party IMG_1622As you can see, there’s a pastel and also a more vibrant darker purple and pink colored theme.  I wasn’t about to mix them together as I am anal when it comes to colors having to match exactly.  I figured I could use the lighter colors at the kids table and use the darker items at the snack and sweet station.  I was happy because Sophia the First is a story all about a princess in training.  How perfect for my itty bitty girls who are just learning what a princess even is!

As soon as I received my package, out the invites went and instantly my head spinned with a million ideas on how to put this all together.  You can view my Pinterest board here.  Does anyone else have a Pinterest addiction?  I may need some serious intervention here.  I could pin all day if left to my own devices.

Several people have already posted videos which show off all the contents of this mystery Disney party box – you can check them out on MomTV so I won’t list them out here but in addition to the decor there are some fun favors for our guests that I can’t wait to giveaway.  I’m adding some items too with my sponsor donations and items on my end.  Perhaps most exciting is the prize package at our NY Fashion week kickoff princess party which goes to best dressed duo of course!

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter for all the updates leading up to the party!  And continue reading for a princess themed blog giveaway to one lucky reader!

Thanks so much to the team over at Disney Parks and Mom Select for sending over such fun party kits!  And thanks for reading!

 

 

 

It was a wintery, snowy morning in NY when a fellow mommy friend and I trekked out to Brooklyn on a Little Swappies treasure hunt.  I rarely venture out to the outer Manhattan boroughs but the draw of kids fashion and the opportunity to trade-in some of Juliet’s gently worn items for a good cause compelled me to go.

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I’m so glad I did!  In addition to the sponsored goody bag filled with snacks and promotional discounts, I found 20 items (toys, books and fashion pieces) that were in great shape.  They must have increased the maximum take-home number because last time I went I only brought back 9 things.  Click here for that blog post which includes tips on what you should know before you go.

 

If you are familiar with my blog, you know that I love a good deal and enjoy mixing high and low brands.  Well the same goes for baby fashion.  Juliet’s closet is a mix of high-end designer, consignment/thrift/hand me downs, and everyday brands.  The below outfit is a prime example.

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The designer, mini-melissa shoes which I bought during an online sample sale are mixed with the free tank top that I scored at Little Swappies and a Baby Masala bottom from their Little Swappies sponsor sample sale.   I mixed it in with accessories already in Juliet’s closet and boom, new summer outfit for just $5!

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Also found at the same sample sale was this cute Baby Masala dress for $5 which I accessorized with a mustard scarf that I’m selling through my FB page, Fab kids and their stylish moms, Old Navy boots and a pair of sunglasses gifted from Love My Alannah whom I met at Kids Fashion Week.  (I wish I could remember the brand’s name so I could tag them here!)  The leather jacket is from Target’s sale and the rabbit, gifted from Kid Robot.

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Thinking of the same leather jacket, I bought this Baby Masala dress for $5.  The brand is all organic by the way!  The boots are from Target, the book was gifted and the glasses are on sale at Fab kids and their stylish moms FB page. The flower crown is from H&M and altered to fit J.  If you see an elastic accessory outside of the kids section, remember that it can easily be altered to fit the little one!chanel baby

This Carter’s cardi was found at the Little Swappies event and styled with items already in Juliet’s closet, a black knit skirt, (fake) kids Chanel purse, shoes bought at a sample sale and head piece from Aldo.  So sophisticated, huh?spring dress

This sweet Laura Ashley dress caught my eye because I’m a sucker for Peter Pan collars and smocking detail.  I was psyched to find this at the Little Swappies event and styled it at home with Juliet’s Mini Melissa rhino boots (bought on sale), my cell phone cover and a flower crown from Forever 21.baby outfit

Anyone that follows my Instagram account, @fabgabblog knows that I love dressing Juliet in androgynous looks.  I mix boys clothes and accessories with girly pieces for a cute mix of masculine/feminine.  The above is a prime example.  Tee was free from Little Swappies and the Carters romper and hat are from TJMaxx.  She’s a Maxxinista like me after all!  The purse is from Target and the sneakers are boys shoes from a second hand store that I bought for $2. cute baby clothes

I couldn’t believe my luck when I found this classic, crisp white blouse at Little Swappies.  It was in perfect condition and featured the Peter Pan collar that I love so much!  It is such a versatile piece and I knew I could layer it and wear it a million different ways…oops I mean Juliet could.  I am living through her.  The mask is also a free find from there and it is paired with Baby Gap boots and raincoat along with a vintage short/bowtie set bought off of Etsy – one of my favorite sites for unique baby fashion.  Who says baby girls can’t wear bowties??how to style a tutu

This outfit would be so cute for a birthday party, wouldn’t it?  The hat is actually something Juliet wore on her first birthday.  Click here to find out how her birthday outfit inspired the entire party’s decor.

Right now is the season when Juliet’s social calendar gets crazy packed with birthday parties and I can totally imagine her bouncing around in this cute ensemble.  With this giant party hat though she might steal the spotlight…  Here, the monkey onesie was the freebie from LS and it is paired with a Zara cardigan also worn here, Joe Fresh tutu, scarf and socks that can be bought through me and my FB page. Shoes were from a sample sale and from a brand called Stella – gotta love that since that is my first name!catimini

The high-end Catimini fur vest and Tahari plum ruffled dress here is styled with a free flower crown from LS and Baby Gap boots.  The Harajuku – mini head is an applique from Etsy and the party animals are items I DIY-ed for Juliet’s upcoming party animal themed 2nd birthday.  Wait til you see the rest!

In addition to these fab fashion finds, I also picked up some books and a Mickey toy.  I think it’s safe to say that I SCORED!  Overall, it was a fun event and I even made some good contacts for my future party sponsor needs.  Did I tell you that I’m running sponsored kids events in Manhattan?  Like Fab Kids and their Stylish Moms on FB and follow @fab_kids on IG for invites and all the fun!

Thanks for reading!

 

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We took our 21 month old to Disney world and she loved it.  Mickey Clubhouse is her favorite TV show and it blew her mind getting to see the characters live, in-person.

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I will never forget the joy on her face as she got to kiss and hug Donald, Goofy, Mickey and Minnie.  She let out the cutest squeals and delighted waiting in line for her turn even.

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My suitcase was packed with Mickey Clubhouse themed outfits for the entire week before I ever knew there was a term for this – Disney Bound.  It’s where you dress inspired by a Disney character without looking costume-y.  i.e. you are not wearing a head-to-toe Mickey store-bought set.  Instead you add pieces from your normal wardrobe using the color and pattern theme of your favorite character.   Click here for images of adult Disney Bound outfits so you can better understand what I am talking about.  This post is all about Disney Bound toddler outfits.

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For instance, in the above outfit, I ran with the red/black/white and polka dot theme to create a Mickey and Minnie inspired outfit from Juliet’s closet.  Her red polka-dot retro hairband is from Janie and Jack, her sweater that screams her favorite word is from Nununu and I’m actually selling that red skirt you see on her through my FB page.  Darling, huh?  I finished off the outfit with some polka dot leggings, red squeaker shoes and a Mickey doll which she loved carrying around the park.

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Sometimes all it took was some Mickey ears to complete her Disney outfit.  In the below shot, I borrowed her hat.

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We both wore black and white stripes with red accents and matching Prada – inspired sunnies.  Below is what her outfit looked like without the coat.IMG_4492

It was a $5 Old Navy Mickey shirt with an added collar from Etsy paired with a matching striped leggings and headband set.

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Everywhere we went, she felt compelled to shop for more Mickey Clubhouse dolls… is this foreshadowing a shopaholic in our future?instagram.com_2014-12-22_20-07-31

These are my favorite shoes from her closet.  They’re by Mini Melissa and I bought them during an online sample sale.  Love!

Visit my Instagram page for more outfit posts from Juliet’s closet!

 

 

 

 

Two back-to-back parties?  I don’t know what got into me but I ambitiously hosted 2 back-to-back parties at home during the new year.  On New Year’s Eve, I had another family over for a dinner party to ring in the new year.  And then just hours later, 4 toddlers and their lovely moms came over to help celebrate new years day!

I figured since I had all this new years decor up, why not use it again?  So last minute, I invited Juliet’s best girlfriends over for a toddler tea party.  I love how everyone came dressed to impress – including the moms! moms

Here’s an overview of the decor, mostly bought at Target (from the Oh Joy collection).

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What’s a tea party without tiaras for all the toddlers?  Amazingly, they were terrific at keeping them on!  They must have enjoyed the princess treatment.

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It was a B.Y.O.B (booster seat) party because I wanted everyone to sit at our new dining table but half our guests forgot theirs and so since everyone was fine sitting on the big girl chairs, we dined without.  Looking back on these pictures now, I have to say they almost look cuter sitting so low plus I think that the booster seats would have been a distraction from the clean, simple decor I was going for.IMG_0530

Read all about the decor elements on my prior post (my new years eve dinner party).

Menu included:

  • tea sandwiches for the toddlers (PB&J, nutella, ham &swiss with lettuce and honey mustard) cut into .5″x.5″ squares
  • tea sandwiches for the moms (ham & swiss with lettuce and honey mustard, tuna fish salad, chicken avocodo with eggplant spread) Yes I made all 6 types of sandwiches..NY women sometimes DO cook :)
  • chicken pasta (leftover from the night before)
  • 3 kinds of scones (chocolate chip, cranberry, blueberry)
  • mini-cupcakes by Baked by Melissa
  • Macarons to match the color theme
  • mini-sized baby apples
  • mango and blueberry fruit salad
  • teas and coffees for moms
  • rasberry, banana, watermelon smoothies for the toddlers served in toy teacups (since the kids can’t drink tea yet)

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Here’s a video that one of the moms took of us all in action. (Sorry I don’t know how to flip it around here..)

It was such a joy to watch my baby experience her first tea party with her besties.  Are they adorable or what??

To see close-ups of all the decor, visit and follow my Instagram account @FabGabBlog! And for more tea party or any toddler party inspiration visit my Pinterest page! Thanks for reading.  Have a great day!

When I saw the Oh Joy for Target Decor, I felt compelled to party plan right then and there.  I loved the unique color mix!  The colors are unisex enough to be versatile for all sorts of occasions and the splashes of gold give it an air of sophistication!

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I could see myself using this for my birthday party (see below), new year’s, and a future summer garden party.  SAMSUNG CSCThis new year’s period, it didn’t matter if I was getting over a cold.  I was determined to make this year’s new year’s eve occasion less lame than last year’s.  So I ambitiously planned my first-ever dinner party at our new apartment and was determined to cook most everything.  Looking forward to entertaining at home actually helped me to stay in great spirits despite dealing with my never-ending cold.  And it gave me something to look forward to.

I cut up the coordinating napkins to create the 2015 numbers on the backdrop wall below and attached some gold party blowers to the center lantern as well as adding a patterned border to my countertop just to bring the color forward even more (again with cut napkins).

new years eve dinner partyThe menu included Asian:

  • Salmon and rice
  • fried dumplings
  • Chicken noodle salad
  • sushi
  • edamame
  • Baked By Melissa chocolate covered mini-cupcakes
  • French Macarons by Financier
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate chip cookies (baked by me)
  • champagne, prosecco, and watermelon infused water with lime

Needless to say there was plenty of food leftover.  Or maybe I should take it as a hint and just cater in next time :)

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Our littlest of party-goers enjoyed staying out past their bedtime and modeling their new Oh Joy for Target hats.

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Baby Vienna couldn’t resist getting a closer look at Juliet’s shoes.  Here’s the whole outfit. I kind of obsessed with those sneakers too!

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It was so nice spending some quality (shared) family time together in the comfort of our home.  With two babies in tow, it really made the most sense.  And as Juliet says in this video, it made for a very happy new year!

Can you believe I hosted a toddler tea party the very next day?  Click here for some more cuteness!

 

I started @fab_kids on Instagram as part of my growing obsession with minifashionistas from around the world.  I loved how the internet put me in touch with fashion-obsessed moms like myself and allowed access into the lives, wardrobes and stylings of the littlest trendsetters of them all – their adorable kids.  Here is a quick review of some of my favorite Fab Kids fashion moments of 2014.  Who’s your favorite??

 

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Then there’s all the pairings, trios and multiples that were just so cute they blew your mind!

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As you can see, kids these days are accessorizing to the nines and really upping the fashion standard on your local playground!  I think we could all learn a thing or two from these little lookers.  Follow @fab_kids for daily inspiration!  And here’s to another fabulous year in 2015!

Designing and creating food stations, beverage bars, and dessert bars has always been a fun, creative outlet for me.  Professionally, I planned and executed them for various luxury brands at Saks as well as for Moroccanoil at NY Fashion Week as part of a larger event marketing effort.  Personally, I’ve planned them for friend’s baby showers and my daughter’s birthday.  Staking out a location is always step #1.  When I saw this bright orange wall at Gymboree, I knew it would be the perfect Haute Halloween backdrop.  food station

I opted for the wall along the hallway without the hooks so that I could have a blank slate from which to work upon.  And I pressed 2 smaller, 4’x5′ tables together to provide ample room for pizza, beverages, snacks and dessert.  I was working off a tight budget so nothing here was custom made like I’d usually do for other parties.  All the paper products were surprisingly found at the local Party City.  Pretty impressive for Party City, huh?  IMG_3646

I just had to create the banner, tape it up, rest my black velvet fabric and tape up the edges with black electrical tape and throw a striped fabric down the middle making sure everything touched the floor.  You never want to see the legs on a table unless they are very decorative and match your design theme.  A benefit for having your linens touch the floor is creating needed storage space.  Tuck all your replenishable foods /snacks and take-home boxes underneath for easy access.   I loved the banner because you could still give it a customized look with the stickered letters that came along with it.  I wrote Haute Halloween for this food staion, and used another one saying @fab_kids in the photo room.  IMG_3654The white pillared cake stands were topped with orange paper to add some additional contrast to the table and make the mini cupcakes pop.  All the mini cupcakes were sponsored by Baked by Melissa and were soooo scrumptious!  And I had already bought the cake stands for another event.  These can be found at Bed Bath and Beyond.

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It’s nice to be able to have some detail both behind the food station wall as well as in front of it.  So I brought the black/white/orange decor theme in with the handmade chain banner below which helped to tie the whole look in.  The sodas were canistered in these simple containers, also purchased at Party City and were labeled “venom” and “poison” to go with the Halloween theme.IMG_3650

The napkins and leftover goody bag spiders continued the black / white / orange theme down to the very last detail.IMG_3651 IMG_3652 GoGo SqeeZ sponsored our applesauce snacks and were a popular hit amongst our costumed crowd.

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We also had pumpkin – shaped pretzels, cookies and fruity chews.  Guests dined in a separate room, formerly the art room.

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Goody bags and sponsored beverages, Trimino and Green Mustache were also stationed here.

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The photo area had a simple backdrop using the same banner found at the food station.  It read @fab_kids so that the brand would show up in everyone’s photos.

The chalk hashtag unfortunately did not stay on long but guests were asked to hashtag #fabkidsandtheirstylishmoms (our FB page name) on any of their Instagram uploads.

Once they tagged that and the venue @gymboreenewyork, they’d immediately be entered to win VIP tickets to Gymboree’s upcoming Thanksgrooving disco party.  Congrats to Kye who dressed up as Robin Thicke and won these tickets!!

anna wintour costume To see all the photos from the event see the FB album.  Or to read more about the party click here.  And to find out how to replicate our Anna Wintour, Andre Leon and Karl Lagerfeld Vogue trio, click here!

 

Thanks to my 7 sponsors for helping make this Haute Halloween party a huge success!

 

 

 

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