October 2015

fab kids halloween

Now that I’m a mom, Halloween is an extra special time to enjoy with my toddler.  She loves dress up, and so do I so our week is filled with fun festivities and non-stop costume changes.  See my 8 easy, no-sew, make-at-home, costume ideas in my previous post for some shots of what she has worn through the years.  Or here for our matching flapper costumes for the Gymboree 1920’s Gatsby themed party.

Last year’s Fab Kids Halloween party was so much fun, I just had to host it again and luckily, Gymboree Tribeca was on board to be our venue sponsor.  And they gave away terrific raffles for the event!  By tagging #gymBOOree on social media posts and by following @gymboreenewyork and @fab_kids, guests would be entered to win free tickets for Gymboree’s next event.  Plus those submitting emails would automatically be entered to win a free month of classes and open play valued at $260!

 

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The kids had a BLAST climbing, sliding and soaring through the air.

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It really brought out the superhero in everyone! soaring

These pictures make me laugh out loud remembering all the giggles and funny party moments!

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Since everything is padded, and kid-safe, the parents can sit back and enjoy the show!

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Though it’s so hard to resist playing right alongside the costumed kids.

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Sometimes you just have to jump right in!

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We don’t blame you!

If the kids needed a break from all the action, they could getaway into one of Gymboree’s side rooms and make some creepy crafts.  Here are the BOO-tiful ghosts that were stickered, an easy task for toddler hands to create on their own.  (Hey, ghosts need to accessorize too!)

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Or you could pamper yourself with some free face-painting and a mommy and me mani thanks to Fun Faces by Brenda!

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Next door to all this action was our video room where guests got to do their thang in front of the camera (dance, act silly, and act out their costumed character) in front of event sponsor, Jessa Flynn Productions. 

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Jessa masterfully, records, edits and then magically produces a perfect 15 second snapshot to upload to your Instagram!  How perfect for an @fab_kids party and all our Instagram followers, right?  Go check out her site.  She has the most moving music video captures of newborns, families and special occasions!  We were so lucky to have her.

And if all this worked up an appetite, a dessert bar and food station awaited you!  What’s a Halloween party without some tricks and treats?

a Designing dessert bars is one of my favorite creative outlets.  I love picking a theme and the process of taking stock of what I already own, figuring out what I need to purchase on a tight budget, and then creating something out of nothing.  Call me crazy but it’s one of the most fun challenges ever.   I went with a black white and orange theme because Gymboree had orange walls already, and because I already owned a lot of black and white (see my black and white themed blogger bash and last year’s Haute Halloween party).

I found these free black and white Boo printables here.

And I re-used my $1 banners found at Target before my black and white blogger bash.

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Not sure you can see in the photo above but the pail of wine says, “in case you came for the BOOs.”

I think it’s important to offer some healthier snack options for kids at parties so I made sure to add in baked goldfish crackers (front, right), caramel flavored rice crackers (front left), and mandarin orange snack packs in real fruit juice.  See my earlier post for more healthy Halloween party snack ideas.

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The Jack O Lantern faces were drawn on with a black sharpie pre-event and other orange colored snacks were added in.  I’m a stickler for sticking to theme colors!!  Check out my other dessert bars here.

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The pumpkins are topped off with Halloween hats from H&M and the pumpkins are leftovers from last year’s Haute Halloween.

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The second station featured baby oranges made to look like pumpkins (just me getting crafty with a Sharpie again!)

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The banana ghosts with chocolate chip faces were a Pinterest fail for me.  They would NOT stand up!c

These ghosts on a stick however, were a win for me and a last minute idea.  I was trying to figure out how to re-use these striped Target $1 vases that I used for my black and white blogger bash and there really are few treats long enough to be visible while sitting in something so long.  But I had the straws and this ended up being a popular treat amongst all the kids!  I just added the Boo printable with tape to coordinate with the theme.halloween party food

These custom rice krispy treats and Boo cookies were made by Angela’s Sugar Fix.  She took my idea and ran with it!  If you’re a baker yourself and are up for a challenge, the Instagram printable for this dessert was found here.  Angela is just the sweetest, the easiest to work with, and full of creative ideas and beautiful presentation options.  I’d highly recommend her for your next NY party!

SAMSUNG CSC The Halloween decor consisted of items I already had in my house.  The pillars, I’ve used over and over at all my parties (and each time I top with coordinating papers) and the skull lanterns were a freebie from another mom.  I just placed them on top of a goblet and upside down bowl that I already owned.  The paper products were found on sale at TJMaxx.  I’m a Maxxinista after all! SAMSUNG CSC The banners are items I’ve used at past parties.  The white one which I made from scratch can be found at our toddler white party.  SAMSUNG CSC And that polka dot linen is actually my daughter’s crib blanket!

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Near this area, Julia Tzu, world-renowned dermatologist from Wall Street Dermatology was on-site to answer everyone’s beauty questions and to give away a raffled free consult and distribute to everyone, a goody bag.

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Between all the event sponsors and Fab Kids, we filled out the goody bag pretty well!  Here’s what was inside for those of you who missed the party (shame on you!)

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If you’d like to join us next time, message me with your email and like Fab Kids on FB! 

And if these pictures aren’t enough for you or if you’re curious about our Fab kids events and themed play dates, check out our new Fab Kids photo share site!

Thanks to everyone who came out and BOO-gied down with us!  Seeing old friends and making new ones is the best way to celebrate any occasion in our book!

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make at home costumes

Halloween for us is a fun-filled whirlwind of non-stop costume changes and back-to-back festivities.  It’s a blast cuz we love dressing up and getting creative.  Here are some make-at-home kids Halloween costumes that I’ve created from things already in J’s closet costing me $0.  These are all easy DIY costumes that you could try at home too.

1). China doll

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Accessorize a qipao with a Chinese takeout box and/or matching Chinese fan and layer a matching dress or tutu underneath for extra warmth and flair and voila, you’ve got a costume!  I just happened to have these crazy baby wiglets (which are all the rage in Asia) to help complete the costume-y look.

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2).  80s Aerobics Instructor

My tiny dancer already has a collection of leotards, tights and leggings so all I had to do was cut up a sweatshirt, make a sweatband (with two old white socks tied together) and have her carry a blow-up boombox (a take-home gift from a friend’s birthday party).  Let’s get physical!!

3).  Bride

This year we also re-used J’s baptism dress (can’t believe it still fits, only shorter)!  I bobby pinned extra tulle that I already had to her hair, topped her off with a tiara, and gave her flowers to carry with something blue and tada, she’s a baby bride!

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4).  Doll

Her recital costume topped off with a sparkly bow and matching shoes made for a cute doll costume. But you could take any frilly doll-like dress (try vintage styles) and convert it into a dolly outfit.

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If I had more time I would have loved to have made her a wind-up attachment like this.  But alas, mommy was too worn out from planning and executing the BOO-tiful Halloween Bash from the night before to DIY this.

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You could also have used makeup to draw in long dolly lashes and rosy cheeks but again, this mom ran out of energy. baby doll

5). Rainbow

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I couldn’t keep a straight face when I dropped of J at school like this. She was the fluffiest, frilliest ball of awesomeness.  We basically piled on all her tutus and accessorized with matching tights, socks, bow and flag.  Tutu Cute!

6).  Coco Chanel

If you’re a die-hard Chanel fan like we are, perhaps dressing like Coco Chanel is for you.  Think quilting, Chanel-like chains, pearls, white and black and classic silhouettes.  We happen to have a Coco doll which we replicated with a quilted white dress.

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7).  Anna Wintour

For the Haute Halloween party that I hosted for fab kids in NYC, J and I both dressed as Anna Wintour.  This was a fairly easy make-at-home costume as well.  anna wintour costume

For more on how to dress like Karl Lagerfeld, Andre Leon Talley and other fashion icons, see my earlier post about Haute Halloween costumes!

8).  Nerd

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Think bowties, suspenders, pocket protectors, and black-rimmed glasses plus add some back-t0-school accessories and you’ve got an easy DIY costume.  Check out all the nerdy fashions from my back-to-school play dates in NYC here!

And stay tuned to see all the details from this year’s Halloween bash!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You wouldn’t think it but without having ever tried them, even babies instinctively know that those colorful treats handed out at Halloween are delicious and drool-worthy.  And short of refusing to trick or treat, or giving into kids’ determined demands to eat all the candy in sight, there’s not much a parent can do except to limit the candy intake, ration the good stuff (for another day or for the parents to gobble down when the kids are not looking) and distract with other healthier options.

As a party planner who loves throwing Halloween parties for my toddler and her friends, (see last year’s Haute Halloween here), I’m always looking for ways to incorporate some healthy options into the mix!  Here are 6 healthier Halloween treats with festive looks that will keep kids coming back for more:

1).  Jack O Lantern oranges

Create mini Jack O Lanterns with a Sharpie and some tangerines

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This shot is actually my own from when I was designing a food station setup for this Monday’s upcoming BOO-tiful Halloween Bash.  These treats are fun, portable, and double as adorable displays.  I got so addicted to making these crazy pumpkin faces that I couldn’t stop and kept looking for more orange items to draw on. I’m like this when I get a hold of a glue gun too!

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2. Mandarin orange snack packs

If you find yourself on a roll like I did, continue on with the Sharpie and make funny faces with snackable oranges (preferably packed in 100% fruit juice).  My toddler loves this stuff! And they’re great to take on-the-go as well!

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I love the idea of fruits as Halloween treat replacements because they’re still sweet and surprisingly can be decorated to fit your Halloween decor!

3).  Banana ghosts

Bananas can be halved and then given a face with some chocolate chips (in 2 sizes)!  I plan to add this to my Halloween party table too.

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You can also create a pure white version of this banana ghost by freezing the sliced banana, rolling it in melted white chocolate and coconut shavings and then add raisins.

 

4).  Apple mouths

Apples can be turned into bloody mouths with some almond slivers, and jam (or use nut butter!).  Just make sure to douse your apples in lemon juice first to make sure they don’t turn color too quickly.

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5).  Pumpkin snack tray

Create a snack tray in the formation of a pumpkin!  Here are some fun ideas.

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6).   Pudding Monsters

The Chirping Moms gave me this ghostly idea.  Turn a pudding cup upside down and add eyes for a fun and festive treat!

 

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healthy Halloween snacksAnd if you live in New York, please join us this Monday for a BOO-tiful Halloween Bash at Gymboree Tribeca!  (Tickets are sold here.)  We have some exciting beauty related sponsors (free face-painting and mini manis anyone?) creepy crafts, Instagrammable videography, bootiful treats in the ghostly goody bags and of course tons of costumed minifashionistas!  Follow Fab Kids on FB for all the updates, details and news.

 

 

 

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Leather, leather, I love leather!  It instantly ups the cool factor on any outfit.  You could be wearing the most nerdy, frou frou or preppy fashions but when you add a leather item, tada! edgy!  The same effect holds true for kids fashions.   See what I mean with my daughter’s outfits below!

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When J and I attended Petite Parade Kids Fashion Week last weekend, we had no idea that her black leather jacket would be so fitting for the Laer runway show.  kids leather jacketLittle J was excited to see all the models strutting in similarly styled leather jackets.  Check out all the adorable looks!

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

There were some really unique, fashion-forward colors for the boys too!

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: A model, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

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Any of the above styles could really be unisex.  I know J could rock any of those easily!

The runway show finale reminded us that these mini-me leather jackets are a fun, fashionable way to do some twinning (the brand also makes adult sized leather jackets)!

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Models, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Models, wearing designs from laer*, at petitePARADE / Kids Fashion Week, NYC October 2015 at Spring Studios on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Petite Parade)

I’m definitely planning on copying this street style!  Stay tuned for more coverage of the cutest fashion shows in the world – Petite Parade Kids Fashion Week!

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