February 2018

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Is your child a Frozen fanatic?  After all these years, I thought my soon-to-be 5 year old would have “let it go.” But alas, Frozen fever is still hot in our household!  We’ve collected countless Elsa, Anna, and Olaf toys not to mention the costumes, castles, and games.  And with our snowflake decals still up from Christmas, we decided to put them all to good use by hosting a fantastic Frozen play date.  We were in the peak of winter freezing our you know whats off so a Frozen posh play date did seem quite timely.  As with all my posh play dates, I did some asking around and got some fabulous small businesses to collaborate in the production.  Amanda’s Parties To Go for instance, supplied us with all the decorative printables.  She had gorgeous items ranging from cupcake toppers, banners, thank you cards, tent cards, to centerpieces and food flags.  And the designs perfectly mixed my love of modern graphics with a clean, blue and white palette.  frozen party, frozen party ideas, kids party ideas, frozen decorations, frozen party decor As a bonus, she also jam-packed her printables with amazing menu ideas with her pre-printed tent cards!  Using some of her suggested ideas, and some of my own entertainment ideas, I’ve collected 15 fantastic fun-filled ideas for your very own fab Frozen event!

  1.  Host a screening or simply have the beloved movie playing in the background turning the TV into themed decor.  What’s a Frozen party without Frozen, the movie after all?
  2. Dress-up! We encouraged our little guests to come dressed in their favorite Frozen gear and also shared our Frozen wardrobe with them so that they could play dress-up and accessorize upon arriving.  The costumes become part of the decor in doing so!frozen party, frozen themed party, frozen party ideas, how to plan a frozen party
  3. Create a crafting corner encouraging kids to make a snowflake, wand, or crown.  Angela’s Party printables included signs for all of the above activities!  We made our first-ever snowflakes together by cutting out white (and also perfectly coordinated blue and white patterned) papers.  The kids were so excited to unfold the snowflake and see their creations come to life! frozen party activity, frozen party ideas, frozen themed party
  4. “Wanna build a snowman??frozen party ideas, frozen party, frozen party entertainment, frozen party crafts Build a real one outside while wearing tiaras if it happens to be a snowy day.  Or do what we did, build a snowman out of marshmallows, chocolate chips, pretzel sticks and candy corn!  The printable set has the perfect sign for this activity.  And I found Ziploc bags with Frozen characters printed on them to send them home with Olaf!
  5. Kiddie Kareoke   Will your child not stop singing, Let It Go?  How did I know… Use their love of singing as entertainment for everyone and host a kiddie kareoke!  frozen games, frozen themed party, how to plan a frozen partyWe had an Elsa blue microphone, so it seemed natural to have a Frozen Kareoke moment but your singalong could simply be belting out tunes along with the Frozen soundtrack  and any old microphone (or wand turned into microphone).
  6. Play Frozen games. We had a matching game, an I Spy game and a Frozen book with character pieces displayed for the kids to pull out and play with to their heart’s content.  If you don’t have any of these, don’t fret!  Simply play a game of freeze tag or play music and have them dance until you make it stop and say, “FREEZE!”frozen party, frozen themed party, frozen party ideas, how to plan a frozen party
  7. Paint your nails Elsa and Anna colors!frozen party, frozen themed party, frozen party ideas, how to plan a frozen party, frozen manicureThink, Elsa, blue, white, glitter, and Anna pink!  The almost-5 – year old kids painted their own nails and I was truly impressed at their level of concentration and skill!  Juliet here creatively decided to paint each nail on her hand a different Frozen-themed color and it turned out great!!
  8. Make snow cakes frozen desserts, frozen themed desserts, frozen themed foods, frozen party ideas, frozen kids party, frozen party ideasWith the printable tent card as our inspiration, we created rice krispy treats.  You could create these with white snowflake sprinkles or white and blue M&Ms for an extra sweet Frozen surprise.
  9. Color Anna, Elsa or the entire cast!  I don’t know any child that doesn’t enjoy coloring so we made sure to include a coloring station at our play date.  Kids got to choose from several character coloring sheets already included in Angela’s printables set and had fun coloring to the soundtrack of Frozen playing in the background. frozen coloring sheet, frozen party ideas, frozen party, frozen party theme
  10. Play catch with a snowball!  ffrozen party, frozen themed party, frozen party ideas, how to plan a frozen party We played catch with my furry, white Christmas ornaments but you can use any white ball or heck a real snowball or a stuffed Frozen character!
  11. Add some Frozen flair!  Whether this means decorating your child’s room, her car/bike/scooter or clubhouse like we did, the kids will have fun using the printables to stick on their favorite characters and sayings.  Juliet helped me pre-party to decorate her clubhouse as well as add signs all around the house for me. frozen party, frozen themed party, frozen party ideas, how to plan a frozen party
  12. Set up a Dessert and Snack station.  Olaf Arms (mini candy sticks or pretzel sticks), Elsa’s ice crystals (blue rock candy), Olaf’s cookies (snowflake cookies), Frozen’s favorite fruit (mixed fruit), snow pudding (blue jello), Anna’s Apples, and Kristoff’s candies are what we featured.  frozen party desserts, frozen party ideas, frozen kids party theme, how to throw a frozen partyAnd it was easy, given Angela’s Parties To Go already labeled and included printables for all these items.frozen themed party menu, frozen themed desserts, frozen party ideas
  13. Food and beverage To warm us up on this very Frozen Friday, I made some chili and garlic bread and offered melted snow (water bottles and seltzer waters covered in the party labels), along with a hot cocoa bar.frozen party ideas, frozen party food, frozen party menu, frozen kids party frozen party decor, frozen party printables, frozen party theme SP Sweet Creations sent us the tableware (see the paper plates, straws, and paper cups)  It was the perfect addition to this pastel party!frozen party ideas, frozen party theme, how to throw a frozen kids party, frozen dinnerware, frozen tableware
  14. Toys galore! girls party themes, frozen party ideas, frozen party food, frozen party menu, frozen kids partyIt’s all about the toys at this age.  Pulling out toys for the kids under one theme, helps everyone to focus and helps us mommies to keep some semblance of order around the house.  I don’t know about you but I manage the overflowing toys and prevent boredom by rotating (i.e. hiding and pulling out) toys.  One day we’ll have a Play-doh play date, another day it might be a Barbie play date, or yet another it might be a Shopkins party. Yes, I’ve planned and hosted playdates with all those themes…check out the links!  This way, all the toys don’t get mixed, scattered and lost.  The kids can focus and get excited for the toy theme of the day.
  15. Snow bubble and Elsa Soap favors  Custom-made, Frozen-themed bubbles courtesy of SP Sweet Creations were a big hit amongst these little ones. https://www.etsy.com/listing/533932537/frozen-party-frozen-birthday-frozen They had fun trying to make the biggest bubbles possible and chased each other around with the bubble wands.  We gave one away to each playmate along with stickers, snowflake hair elastics and adorable glitter soaps in Elsa colors made by TLC for U.frozen favor ideas, https://www.etsy.com/listing/585782977/frozen-soapfrozen-party-favorice?ref=shop_home_active_9  These customized soaps can come with glitter and the Elsa character or with any small toy hidden inside!  The kids had a laugh attack playing with the soap in the shower…while still in their Elsa dresses!! https://www.etsy.com/listing/585782977/frozen-soapfrozen-party-favorice?ref=shop_home_active_9SO much Frozen fun!  What is your favorite idea?  And do you know any Frozen fans that would like this? Make sure to share the post and give it some love with a comment below!

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Nothing reminds you to live in the moment, enjoy life and to not take anything for granted like balloons.  They’re beautiful, joyous, and bring delight but just for a short time.  And with this in mind, artist and founder of Geronimo balloons has taken her love of balloons and created amazing art installations around the world, this time at the world-famous, Lincoln Center’s David Koch Theater in NYC.  I was thrilled that the incredible display including 200,000 balloons in sizes ranging from 10″ to 10′ were available for viewing during Juliet’s first viewing of the NYC ballet.  My little ballerina danced through the entire hall in anticipation of the show and in celebration of her environment.  What a memorable way to experience the ballet and her first Lincoln Center performance!

The burst of rainbow colors and whimsical setup which dramatically flowed from floor – to – ceiling inspired lots of dancing and singing from this tiny tot.  (And yes, that’s a dance costume she is wearing.  She insisted on wearing it to see her first “real dance recital! lol

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AND THEN….they went and changed up all the balloons today which of course, we had to go back and see for ourselves!  This time the color theme was silver so we put our silver matching maxi skirts on and excitedly commuted uptown to check it out.   And again, it was breathtaking!

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Having been there before, she insisted on this time going all the way up to the top floor.  What a smartie cuz the view from here was terrific too!

I just love that we get to make mommy and me memories in such spectacular settings like this while living in New York.  This NYCBallet art series is such a cool annual installation, isn’t it?

Geronimo’s Jihan Zencirli, has an interest in “creating emotional and physical spaces that can break up the monotony of a day, connecting us to one another and bringing joy.”  Well this exhibit, certainly broke us out of the monotony of our usual week!  It is something we will never forget!!

So which setup do you prefer?  We vote for the colorful one!

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The current silver exhibition is free and open-to-the-public!  February 18-25 hours are below

Sunday, Feb 18 10am-12pm

Feb 19-24 10am-6pm

Feb 25th 10am-1pm

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What better way to celebrate New York Fashion Week than to dress up and envelop yourself in pink, glitter and fur?  According to Juliet (whose favorite color is pink), there is no better way!  Upon entering this pink, pop-up paradise, created by Alice Longyu Gao, she declared that she “never wanted to leave.”  Can you see why?nyc art installation, nyc pop up, alice gao, pink room pink party, pink art, harajuku girl photo credit Lumia Nocito

And yes, we had to dress up to match the space and celebrate all things PINK! pink room pink art, nyc pop up, art installation, harajuku girl, harajuku party, Alice Longyu Gao

It was as if we were hanging out with Alice in wonderland – a wonderland, entitled PERICURA that the performance artist/DJ describes as being “deconstructed me.”  Loving girly glam myself, I felt quite at home amongst the glitter wall and thought the room was simply delightful! Rolling around on the pink shag carpeting, it was clear that Juliet felt quite at home too.  pink party, times square pop up, harajuku girl, cool nycThe sparkly room, inspired by beauty and instant photo booths from Japan, reminded us of our time exploring Harajuku, Japan an area and culture that Alice obviously subscribed to. 

The stunning installation was not just a piece of art turned selfie station though.  Special events and offerings included the reception party which we attended, DIY accessory making tutorials, celebrity hair styling by Kahh Spence from Kahh’s Shojo Manga Hair Station, 3D nail art by Mei Kawajiri of Mei’s Princess Nail Station, and Japaanese celebrity styling by Etsuna Otsuka of Etsuna’s Harajuku Apparel Atelier.  For schedule and pricing information, click here. 

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?s from Juliet


NAME and age? Alice Longyu Gao 23
HOW LONG DID THE ROOM TAKE TO SET UP?  Over a month

IS PINK YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?  I REALLY LIKE PINK.  I LIKE A LOT OF COLORS.  MY FAVORITE ALWAYS CHANGES.
DO YOU DRESS LIKE THAT EVERYDAY? (Juliet wishes she could dress like that everyday!) Yea!

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?s from me


HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA AND THE NAME OF THE INSTALLATION?   PERICURA demonstrates the universe in my head. PERICURA is my response to people—what made me to be this Alice, what I am into and inspired by. Most
importantly, I collect and transformed my knowledge and creativity via everything inside PERICURA. PERICURA as a whole, I did it for myself and it is for everybody to explore.  The name and the concept of making PERICURA is #MeAnimated. I am inspired by the
traditional Japanese photo machine—“Purikura”. I see people’s obsession towards those overly beautified photo strips across different cultures as an inspiration. So, I want to offer people an opportunity to experience alternative aesthetics in real life. For people to experience
PERICURA, I collaborated with hair looks and nail designs with Miho Kawajiri and Kahh Spence.

YOU SAY THE ROOM IS THE DECONSTRUCTED VERSION OF YOU.  IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?  Tender, Wacky and True
HOW LONG HAVE YOU DRESSED HARAJUKU STYLE?  WE LOVED SEEING ALL THE FASHIONS IN HARAJUKU, JAPAN.  Harajuku is a spirit that’s been with me since middle school
WHAT DO YOU HOPE GUESTS WILL TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR ART INSTALLATION? It is important to be bold and brave. Life is not worthy living if you are not trying to discover yourself
WHAT’s YOUR NEXT BIG PROJECT? I am working on my song right now, hoping to debut in Japan soon

 

THANK YOU to Alice for taking the time to answer our questions!  We loved your energy, passion for art, and cute sense of style!

There is still time to see the exhibit from 12noon-7pm today and tomorrow at the Moxy Times Square hotel.

485 7th Avenue
New York
10018

 

Read on to find out about the all-pink, NYC restaurant that is a must-try here!

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Valentine’s seems even sweeter with a little one.  Every year, my daughter and I celebrate Valentine’s by decorating heart-shaped treats, hosting Valentine’s play dates, and dressing up in a series of matching mommy and me outfits.    While she is little, and while I can still get away with it, I love finding matching pieces for the two of us.  Below are two outfits that started with the iconic heart motif.

We bought our tees from Zazzle which had an enormous selection of heart-emblazoned, tees.  My skirt is from Macy’s and hers is from Zara.  My shoes are Forever 21 and hers are Mia Shoes (with a tiny kid heel which she loves!!)

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