NY baby show 2016 The NY Baby Show does a great job showcasing the best products and services to parents during all stages of pregnancy to parenthood.  (Kudos to New York Family for putting this together each year!)  And contrary to what the event title may lead you to believe, it’s still valuable to those of us parents who have outgrown the infancy stage and have graduated into toddlerhood.  My husband and I gained valuable information at life insurance, as well as estate planning/ trust (legal aid) booths for example in addition to being able to test-drive, taste-test, and try out various products still relevant to our 3 year old (and us).

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My Top 3 Picks from the Baby Show this year include:

  1. GB Pockit Stroller ($249.99).  At just 9.5lbs, this game-changing stroller, was named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “world’s smallest folded stroller.” And small it IS!  It’s the size of my diaper bag and fits underneath an airline seat!  City dwellers who commute by taxi, bus and subway are going to LOVE this!  Us NY-ers know what a pain it is having to trek up and down subway stairs with baby, diaper bag and heavy stroller.  Even though we already have 3 strollers we were tempted to buy this on the spot!! gb pockit, world's smallest stroller
  2.  Kidpass ($49/month).  You’ve heard of Classpass, the global class pass that lets you exercise at various gyms?  Well this is a class pass for kids’ classes.  And it’s genius because finally you have access to all these amazing indoor play spaces and exclusive classes that normally you’d have to pay a membership fee for.  Classes.  Events. Camps.  Juliet and I are definitely trying this out!  What a fun way to explore the city!  What’s more, YOU can get $30 off your first month simply by entering ‘fabgab’ as your promo code!ny baby show top picks
  3. Hatch Things Sure Shop ($15.95).  Anyone who owns an umbrella stroller has had it tip over at one time or another.  Toddler jumps out, and embarrassingly, everything tips over including the contents of your diaper or grocery bag.  Sure Shop prevents those spills by redistributing weight towards the stroller’s center of gravity while also preventing bag-drag.  Perhaps best of all, it folds up compactly into a tiny pocket making it the perfect travel accessory!  It comes in 6 colors and I was lucky enough to have been gifted one as part of the blogger goody bag!


A special thank you goes out to MomTrends who provided a complimentary family ticket,free babysitting services, and an exclusive blogger lounge for us to retreat into, fuel up and enjoy mini-massages.  Who can refuse that??

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It was fun connecting with fellow bloggers and taking home the aforementioned goody bag!

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What are your thoughts?  Let me know what your favorite baby products of 2016 are!

Thanks for reading and make sure to follow us @fabgabblog on IG for daily inspiration, outfits and more snippets from our personal life.

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When styling a photo shoot there are things you absolutely MUST consider when choosing what to wear for a photo shoot.  If you’re paying for these pictures and you’re freezing and recording this moment in time, no matter how carefree you are in daily life, or no matter how little you care about fashion, you need to take note of these DOs and DONT’s.  Coordinate without being corny, else risk endangering yourself for submission into one of those akward family photo sites.

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You’ve been warned.  Personally, I don’t mind a matchy matchy look for a mommy and me shoot if done well..  But I’d suggest avoiding any bright ideas of wearing the exact same outfit between your entire family.  I.e. no all khaki’s and white shirts or all denim on denim.

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While it may have been the trendy thing to do for family portraits back in the day, it looks very dated now.

Without taking matching that far, think about coordinating and complimenting outfits.  Here is an example of a Valentine’s themed shoot that I styled which consisted of 2 girls and 1 boy.  Notice how everything stays within the holiday theme and strictly within the color code of navy, red and white?

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Each look could stand alone with enough interest or be matched up with any or all of the other models and fit right in.  To help guide you, here are 4 Styling DOs and DONT’s when planning your next photo shoot outfit(s).

  1. DO keep theme / purpose top of mind.  This may seem obvious but most people lose sight of it when overwhelmed with the task of finding outfits for the entire family and while shuffling through their wardrobes.  Never losing sight of the final objective and placement of the final photo should guide your every decision.  Edit your styling decisions with this final idealized photo in mind.  Is this for a Christmas card or other holiday card?  If so, let that guide your color choices.  Is this going to hang in a specific room?  If so, you’ll want to make sure you don’t conflict with the decor already there.
  2. DON’T be too trendy.  Dying to show off your fashion-forward style?  That’s fine and understandable.  You wanna be you and stay true to your daily style.  It is possible to do modern touches to classic looks.  To stay confidently timeless though I’d suggest you veer more towards classic or even vintage pieces.  Remember signature 80s fashion?  You don’t want to cringe 20 years from now looking back on your fashion choices.  akward family photos
  3. DONT wear logos, oversized labels or graphic quotes.  Your husband may love the Knicks but now is not the time to advertise his utmost fandom to the world.  Similarly, your dinosaur obsessed son who prefers playing at the playground in tees featuring his favorite animals should be veered away from making styling decisions come photo shoot.  You want the focus to be on the people not the blaring letters, or oversized logos and cartooned characters.
  4. DON’T Clash.  I’ve said it before.  Coordinate and compliment.  Don’t have half the family wearing pastels and the other half in primary colors.  Otherwise, the photo won’t have the professional polished feel that you are paying for.

Read on for the shoots that I styled with Danny Weiss and also for Molly Magnuson! Here for more inspiration!

And follow me @fabgabblog on Instagram for outfits of the day, fashion flatlays and daily fashion inspiration!

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Interested in event planning, PR and marketing?  With the university semester coming to a close, I thought it would be great to begin interviewing for an internship.   Please read the below to see if you are a good fit for the position or if you know someone who would be a good fit!

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The ideal intern candidate:

  • is based in NYC and is able to work with me in the Financial District once a week (4hours)
  • has a laptop that they can bring in
  • is willing to commit to additional hours helping out at special events
  • is optimistic, flexible, dependable, reliable, punctual
  • has an interest in event planning, fashion, blogging, crafting and/or PR.
  • can organize and update Excel databases
  • has a specialty in one of the following: pitching/selling, photography, social media, graphic design, video
  • major plus if you are an SEO or WordPress expert

 

Internships MAY be done for school credit. You must work that out with your school.  June through August with potential to continue on through fall/winter semesters.

Additionally, we are always looking for people who can jump in at the last minute on special projects. If you’re interested in being a “back up” please email!  If you are interested in partnering up, please email!

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Please use the subject line “Internship” and include a resume and a few sentences on why you’d be the best candidate.

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If your daughter is obsessed with Disney princesses, you’ll want to read on for inspiration on how to throw your own Disney princess party or play date.  I threw this one at home last minute using some free printables, hand me down Disney costumes, and every princess-y toy we had in the apartment proving that you can have a posh play date without spending a lot of cash.  It’s simply about adding special details, elevating presentation, and adding stylish touches.

Here are 8 tips to host your own posh play date and celebrate the everyday in style.

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  1. Give your guests a special message by showing them you took extra care in inviting them over.  Whether it be a themed evite, a welcome sign on the door, a goody bag, or photos sent post-event, I think it’s always nice to treat them in a special manner and let them know you took extra care in welcoming and hosting them.how to plan a princess party, disney princess party, disney princesses for toddlers
  2. Play some princess tunes.  These days, you don’t even need to buy a CD.  Free themed playlists can easily be found on Spotify and Pandora.  In 5 minutes, I was able to customize and keep for future use, a Spotify playlist with all the popular Disney princess songs.  It cheerfully played in the background when guests came in and as kids were playing with the royal toys.  You may find that it quickly turns into an impromptu singalong with kids belting out ‘Let It Go’ so have those mics handy just in case!
  3. Play a Disney movie.  Having just hosted a Frozen screening in our theater with arts/crafts, toys and snacks (all Frozen themed of course), I decided to change it up this time with a Beauty and The Beast screening.  We had popcorn and ballroom dancing going on in the living room!
  4. Mommy and Me Manicures.  As you can see from the video above, we were lucky enough to be graced by my friend, Kyeongah who was a Jamberry specialist. She wrapped our nails in pretty patterns that were non-toxic and unchippable. Check out her site to see the full collection and order your own pretty ‘polishes!’   It was a total treat and such a fun way for moms and their mini-me’s to share in some girly fun!how to host a princess party for toddlers
  5. Display princess toys and castles.  Being that J and her friends are all toddlers, it’s important to offer another activity or two to keep them entertained.  They’re unlikely at this age to sit through an entire movie.  Disney magic clip dolls and castles are the perfect toys for their nimble fingers to play dress-up and imaginative play with.  I also brought out all her Elsa dolls, and princess Pez’s to carry out the theme throughout the space.toddler toys for girlsdisneyside princess party
  6. Encourage dress-up!  Guests arrived with their own princess dresses but also got to try on beautiful costumes, necklaces, tiaras, gloves and bippity boppity boo wands upon arrival.  It was a princess’s DREAM!SAMSUNG CSCprincess play date, disney princess party, disneyside
  7. Offer princess snacks and treats.  Fruits, sticker-ed princess applesauce, Olaf cookies, Little Mermaid lollipops, princess jellybeans, and first love (Hershey’s) kisses were popular amongst the little ones!princess party, toddler princess party, disney princess party, olaf snack b c f FullSizeRender
  8. Prepare a photo shoot!  What princess doesn’t want to pose in front of a camera?  Preparing cut – outs of the Beast and Disney princes would be a fun way to encourage selfies.  I gathered all our tiaras and had the moms gather for a quick group shot (we hardly have any pictures together since we’re all about the kids, so this was a fun change-up!)how to host a party for a princess

And that’s it!  For more ideas and tips on how to make your kids’ event stylish and special click here! If you’re a Disney fan and want more ideas on creating a budget-friendly Mickey/Minnie party, click here.

Also, here are the free printables that I used from HappyandBlessedHome.com and Hostess With The Mostess.  Please leave links with your princess play dates if you decide to have one too!

NY mommies, make sure to sign up for my Fab Kids invites with your name, email, neighborhood and ages of kids.  I’m currently planning a patriotic picnic play date for June 25th, a white party and another back to school geek chic event.  Please follow Fab Kids on FB and IG for more information!

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When renowned photographer, Danny Weiss asks you to collaborate on a kids’ project, you don’t say no.  I was so excited that I didn’t fret about having to charge all these clothes on my card and then have to return and pray that everything credited OK post-shoot…well almost. haha Luckily, all the borrowed clothes stayed in perfect condition and everything went just fine.

We aimed for a Valentine’s themed look, with lots of reds, some hearts and a lot of fun thrown in!

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I want her to stay this little forever!

Keeping in line with the black, white and red color story, we shot the below series and danced along to some music.  The kids were too much!

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What was your favorite shot?

To see another photo shoot that I styled with Juliet as our mini-model, see my shoot with Molly Magnuson here. 

If you or someone you know needs a kids stylist for photo shoots, collaborations or for a closet makeover, feel free to contact me at fabgabblog@gmail.com!  It’s my passion!

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PetitePARADE, the bi-annual event and children’s marketing platform is something Juliet and I look forward to each fashion season.  Now that she’s a seasoned front row veteran (at age 3), she really enjoys anticipating seeing all the kids on the runway.  You can see her around the 14 second mark if you look closely at the above video!  And this time around she even told me, “When I’m a big girl, I want to walk in a fashion show too.”  Little does she know (or remember, I should say) that at age 10months, she did actually crawl down her first runway for Old Navy.

Anyways, this season, I was happy to find so many darling bows on the runway.  I found it was definitely a fall/winter trend for 2016!  Imoga, Little Creative Factory, Baby CZ, and Sen-35 all featured this feminine frill.

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So what do you think? Is this a trend that your tot will take on? I’m a girly girl so both Juliet and I have lots of bows in our closets!  Stay tuned for more kids fashion show coverage coming soon!  Click here to read on about our past experiences with Petite Parade’s Kids Fashion Week!
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If your child loves to soar through the air and play superhero, or if your child’s school has an upcoming superhero theme day, or if you have a superhero party coming up, read on for outfit inspiration!   Of course you can go the easy route and buy / wear a superhero costume.  There are plenty to choose from.  But if that seems too Halloween-y or generic for you or if you’d rather creatively transform what’s currently in your child’s closet with a few key accessories, the below examples should inspire you!  With a simple cape, mask and wrist piece set from somewhere like Everfan for instance, your son can go from blah to wow in a NY minute!

 

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With the metallic trend being so hot right now why not start with a neutral dressy base and accessorize with some shiny add-ons?

 

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This superhero outfit may start out preppy but it sure packs a punch with the coordinated accessories!

 

For the princess-y superhero wannabe, a wand may be the necessary weapon of choice.

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The whimsical, edgy girl might enjoy a black wig and some winged light-up sneakers to complete her make0ver.

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And finally, the vibrant vixen, will want the below set lightning fast!

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For those of you super MOMs with crafty super powers and an ambitious Pinterest drive, here is a template with instructions on how to create your own customized hero cape, mask and arm bands.

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Kaboom bam pow, it’s party time now!  For those of you parents with Fab Kids in NYC, join us at Gymboree for a super fun time at this year’s superhero themed, baby prom!

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The popular party has been featured on People.com and it’s one of those too-cute-for-words things that you just have to see to believe!  Click below to RSVP at any one of their NYC locations!  And click here to see our recap of their proms from the past!

Upper East Side (June 3, 4pm)
Tribeca (June 7, 4pm)
Upper West Side (June 10, 4pm)
Murray Hill (June 11, 3:30pm)
And for super ideas on how YOU should dress to a superhero party or plan your own superhero themed party, click here!
This was a sponsored post in partnership with Gymboree but as always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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As a mom, you find that your shopping sprees revolve around your children, especially if you have a little princess (‘cuz who can resist tiny baby girl fashions?)  What used to be my shoe budget has gone towards toddler outfits and accessories too cute to pass up!  So when mommy (finally) does get to go shoe shopping, getting the look for less is top of mind.  So here are some examples of how you can update your shoe wardrobe on a budget. I’m going to focus my attention on Altuzarra shoe styles since that brand is my current obsession

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You may have noticed that revised gladiators are all the rage these days.  By that I mean,  instead of just seeing the up-the-calf, wind-up lace shoes, you’re seeing shorter revised versions where they lace up the front of the foot and/or just up the ankle.  I love this style for its edginess and wearability.  These are far more versatile than the traditional gladiators.  While I do love the designer high-end ones on the left by Atuazarra, the Forever Link shoes ‘black Ryann Ankle Strap flats are the same look  at Zulily for a fraction of the price.

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I have a weakness for heels.  My heart skipped a beat when I saw these stunning fringe Altuzarra sandals at Saks.  Aren’t these just so FUN?  I’d build an entire outfit based around these shoes. But who am I kidding?  I’m not about to fork over nearly $800 for a pair of red heels.

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With a little bit of searching, I was able to find these Steve Madden lookalikes on one of my favorite online destinations, Asos.com!

Another festive Altuzarra shoe that caught my eye were these pom pom sandals.  The pom pom trend is HUGE.  It’s everywhere from hats to purses, to keychains and shoes.  I just couldn’t believe how similar this pair on Ebay was!pom pom comparison

Of course, if you wanted to get crafty, I imagine that this wouldn’t be too hard to DIY with a glue gun too…

So there you have it!  Fashionista fab finds!  What will you do with all your saved money?

 

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The outfit below was fashioned with a Guess Kids sweater/jacket that we purchased on our own.  I can’t help but jump in delight a little when I find fab furs for kids.  This one had the exact shades to match her pom pom hat so we had to snag it!

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I have such nostalgia around the GUESS brand.  Growing up in the 80s, that was THE jean to have.  Who here’s an 80’s girl??  Remember how that triangular brand on the jeans signaled status, trendiness, and proof that you were part of the cool club?  It was soooo coveted!  So when GUESS invited us into their showroom, for an exclusive visit, we were so honored and couldn’t wait to experience their branded world.  Plus we got to walk away with some amazing items to add to our wardrobe (see all the wonderful pieces below)!

GUESS Kids, prides itself on being a fashion-forward collection of clothing geared towards the trendsetting boy and girl.   This black fur coat with its leather detailing would transform any toddler into a trendsetter for sure!  She gets compliments on it every time she wears it.  I think it’s because the women, like me are all secretly wishing it came in their size. Aren’t you jealous that it doesn’t?kids fashion, minifashionista, pom pom hat

The peachy, peplum top shown below is so girly glam that Juliet just HAD to have this one.  She actually picked it out herself and I’m so glad she did because when I brought it home, I realized it was the perfect underpinning for her new cardigan.  What an adorable addition to her wardrobe!

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This lace, floral number screamed spring and made for a terrific Easter weekend outfit.  Here, we amped up the ladylike feel with some dainty gloves, a bright pink tutu and matching floppy hat and some bright white accessories.

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And finally, here’s Juliet twinning with a real GUESS jeans model, Gigi Hadid with her GUESS jeans.  After seeing all the fashion inspiration split pics on my Instagram account, @fab_kids, and featuring the ones tagged #fab_copy, I just had to get in on the fun!

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So now basically after this incredible experience and all these gifted clothes, my daughter and I are now forever GUESS girls.

Products were received for this post.  As with any of my reviews, all opinions are 100% my own.

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If you saw my last post recapping Dining By Design, otherwise known as DIFFA, the leading trade show for table decor and party design, you know I love a fabulous tablescape! Here, I’m going to share with you some of my top tips for designing a stylish kids’ table using pictures from my daughter’s bunny birthday party that I just produced!

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As a party planner, I’m a little jaded when it comes to party decor.  I’ve pretty much seen it all.  So when I plan my own, I like to stray from the ordinary and try to feature some unique items or two.  For instance, for the bunny birthday that I threw for my daughter’s 3rd birthday, I added a whimsical wow factor with a tall centerpiece that I hand crafted for the event.

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The tall silk flowers were bought during a sale at Michael’s, the picket white fences from a Chinese wholesaler, and with some flower foam, hot glue, and juice boxes to weigh everything down, I had the perfect springy centerpieces that didn’t take much room, could be filled with Easter egg basket grass, and that created an immediate fun factor to the table.  It was one of the first things you saw when you walked into the room!

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The party space (within our building) fortunately had free kids tables and chairs for us to use but the chairs were a mish mash of different colors so I made them uniform with some spandex yellow seat covers (adult sized) and fitted them with a chair sash turned into a bow.  Both materials were bought wholesale which made them cheaper than renting and now I can use them for future events or sell/rent them out to others!

To continue the couture feel of this kiddie table, I color coordinated EVERYHING.  I am super strict about matching exact shades when it comes to purchasing napkins, straws, forks, cupcake toppers.. I mean everything.  It will bother me to no end to see something a shade or two off when I have already sent snippets of the exact fabric for the cake maker to match for instance.  i.e. Juliet’s 1s birthday party.

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That’s why I often customize my table decor down to the very last detail.  Notice the paper runner, the frame turned into a tray, the milk bottles covered in coordinated papers and ribbons, and the covered styrofoam to stick the lollipops and chocolate bunnies in.  184

And to go along with the Easter timing, I presented each child with their own berry basket in lieu of a dinner plate.  Inside you’d find, a pink napkin, bunny-shaped sandwich, bunny trail mix (popcorn and cheerios), pretzel sticks wrapped in a yellow and white polka dot mini-bag, & a cupcake holder filled with fruit.  The milk jars were poured with milk, water or juice, whatever the child’s preference was.  189

Knowing that the pool table would be in the background, I also crafted the yellow and white backdrop that you see above.  With help from Mialandyn Events who helped build the actual structure out of foam core, tape and wood, I covered it in coordinating fabrics, floral garlands and gift wrap on the other side.

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When designing your tablescape, always consider what you’ll see in the background of your photos.  In this instance, I didn’t want a pool table to be in all my pictures so I dressed it up, used it as the food and dessert station, and created a photo opp area on the other side of it making double use out of the one backdrop piece! (That coordinating box that you see above by the way is simply a diaper box covered in fabric and it was great for kids to stand or sit on).  I’m a huge fan of creatively using what you have to save money.

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Here’s what it looked like on the other side during setup (The dinner menu of baked salmon, pulled pork, sweet plantains, beans and rice had not arrived yet).  Those Easter hats that you see hanging from the ceiling there by the way were given to each child in lieu of a party hat.  They were SO cute ON (one of my amazing finds in the Target $1 bin!)

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To summarize, here are some useful secrets from a professional party planner turned mommy planner that you can use when designing a kids’ tablescape:

  1. Color – Coordinate EVERTHING.  Be Hitler when sticking to this rule and your table will thank you for it!
  2. Consider your backdrop.  It will be in every darn picture.
  3. Add a themed centerpiece.  Not only is it a conversation starter but it can really stand out and turn your average kids’ table into a standout stunner!
  4. Think out of the box.  How about an enlarged candle in a cake, for a one year old’s birthday (the kind you’d stick in a candlestick?), how about a coordinated paper place mat that they can draw on, safari hats instead of birthday party hats for a safari themed event?
  5. Decorate your chairs.  Hang birthday hats from them, use them as placecards by assigning a child’s name to each one, hang a giftable cape on each one for a superhero themed party, slide tutus on them for a girly get together.

For more kids’ party inspiration, check out some of my other Fab Kids party posts and please leave a comment with your thoughts on these tips or let me know what you’re currently brainstorming and let me help you!

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my gingerbread man cookie decorating play date sponsored by Bright starts

my Hello Kitty play date sponsored by HP

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My Toddler tea party

Thanks for reading!

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Special thanks goes out to Image Ready for the pictures used in this post!

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