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I believe in recycling and re-using what you have and the same philosophy comes up during Halloween when I’m preparing costumes for our endless series of special events.  See my last post about 8 easy DIY Costumes from last year here as an example!  This year, I took a slightly different approach and let Juliet”s favorite toys serve as the inspiration to all our make-at-home costumes.  They were so fun to create with her and for her.  See below for some costume inspiration and let me know what you think you could create at home with what you already have!

  • Baby Momma.  Does your doll love dolls?  Make her a mommy this year!  With an infinity scarf, I made her a makeshift baby carrier and stuffed her Water Baby in there.  Props could include, a (plastic) wine glass (I filled our with sparkling water), a Starbucks cup, a cellphone, a stroller, baby bottle, purse and kitchen accessories!  We glammed her up as a fab mom but you could easily do the stressed out mom look and opt for a more disheveled tee shirt and leggings paired with some under-eye circles and messy hair lol!diy costume, make at home costume, kids costumes, kids costume ideas, mommy costume, beauty salon dropout, beautician costume
  • Beautician.  If your daughter is like mine, she is obsessed with anything beauty-related.  Here she is making over Barbie’s hair, make-up and nails.  The Barbie hair styling bust came in handy for this photo opp (as well as for our recent Barbie-themed play date read more here.  You could however, easily use any long-haired doll, play make-up, or an apron filled with tools (ours was from Melissa & Doug). 
  • Veterinarian.  Do you have a doctor’s set and some stuffed animals?  It’s easy to re-create this doctor’s costume with a button down shirt, glasses, a cute stuffed animal and doctor’s tools (stethoscope, thermometer, bandaids, suckers, etc).  My friend made this lab coat and gave it to us as a hand-me-down and it completed the costume!!  BTW, if you haven’t already heard of Parker, you’ve got to check him out! While he looks like your classic, cuddly teddy bear, he actually digitally interacts with an app for an immersive, augmented reality experience!  We live in the future, I tell you!parker the teddy bear, seedling bear, seedling toys, dr costume, kids costume ideas, veterinarian costume
  • Rock Star.  Encourage your kid to rock on with his/her favorite musical instrument of choice and/or a microphone.  Get flashy with the outfit, and have fun!  I gave Juliet’ an 80’s rocker look with MY fishnet stockings, hair in a side ponytail, a bright neon dress, toy guitar and sunglasses.  Must have sunglasses.rock star costume, 80s rocker, 80s rock star, kids costume ideas, diy costume

Thanks to the toy sponsors who sent us the beloved toys!  Follow us on IG and watch our IG stories to see the toys in action!

Seedling for the interactive teddy bear and doctor’s set

Just Play for the Barbie styling head and Water Baby Doll

 

 

For more Halloween inspiration see the below links!

See my past Halloween parties here.

Party treats by Gym Craft Laundry

Craft and healthy snack by Ottawa Mommy Club

free printable Halloween decor by Mommy of a Princess

More DIYs by Jones family travels

 
 
 
 

 

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Back-to-school season is exciting for a whole host of reasons:  parents get their time back, kids see their school friends again, everyone buys something new, and you look forward to a brand new start.  Why not mark the occasion with a back-to-school bash they’ll never forget?  That’s what we at Fab Kids did in NYC with our friends and followers!  Once families were settled into their new routines, we gathered everyone up at the NY Kids Club which offered their fun padded, play space, arts and crafts room and incredibly helpful staff.  And we got GEEKY!  Here are 8 tips on how to host the best back-to-school bash that your friends have ever seen!

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  1.  Send a themed invite. Choose a scholastic image that you want to carry throughout your party. For instance, our rainbow colored pencils from the invite were found as cookies at the event on a rainbow colored dessert table.  The rainbow color theme was also found in the photo booth garlands, numbers, alphabets and balloons throughout the space.  Invite text included phrases with lots of alliteration such as, “brainiac book swap, dorky dance-a-thon, and NYC nerds.”  Make it fun, descriptive, and enticing!  It sets the tone!  Get your guests excited!colored pencil invite, back to school invite
  2. Dress up!  Fab Kids events always have a fun fashion theme.  For this one, we encouraged everyone to get geeky by posting inspiration photos in our social media and eblasts. (search #fab_nerd on IG if you want to see)  And we offered prizes for ‘best dressed.’ I love having dress-up themes for events becomes they become an automatic ice breaker on-site.  Plus it encourages creativity and whimsy from all the guests making the event something special to look forward to.  Plus the pictures…  can we say, ‘Instagram-able?’how to host a nerd party, how to plan a nerd party, kids nerd party, kids back to school party, geek chic
  3. Host a book swap.  I’m a big fan of re-cycling and re-using what you have.  And I believe one person’s trash can be another person’s treasure.  We encouraged each Brainiac to bring in a book they’ve outgrown or gotten bored of and swap it for another gently used book.  We actually had so many to giveaway from our own bookshelf that each child walked away with 2 new books!  The book swap had the additional side effect of adding a fun community feel to the event.back to school, back to school party, back to school bash, preschool books
  4. Prepare arts and crafts for the whole family to try.  For our themed activity, the little ones created masterpieces on composition books provided by one of our sponsors, Ba Ba Bling.  I provided alphabet stickers, scholastic-looking, scrapbook paper, and school stickers for the little hands to decorate with.  The older kids enjoyed making bead bracelets and necklaces with colorful string and alphabet beads. Parents created mock certificates, filling in the space for their children’s “most likely to____”award, all of which became fun photo props.back to school party, geek chic party ,geek chic, nerd party
  5. Offer smart snacks and sweets.  For desserts think nerds, dum dum lollipops, smarties, gummy brains and cupcakes topped with nerd glasses.  For water find the brand Smart Water.  And for snacks you could offer alphabet crackers and dip, Smart Food popcorn, pretzels or cereal shaped as letters, or any small snack stuffed into pocket protectors! B Lee Events did a wonderful job providing and presenting creative themed options such as these.  And they were such a pleasure to work with -so professional, cheery, and full of amazing ideas!  I highly recommend them!back to school dessert table, nerdy snacks, nerdy candy, nerd cupcakes
  6. Prepare photo props.  With fashions this smart, your guests will be studying each other!  Our guests definitely got an A+ when it came to getting dressed to impress!  Fab kids and fab parents, for sure!  For your party, gather props that you already have around the house and offer them to guests to try on!  I brought ties, bow ties, a calculator, a ruler, school bus toys, nerd glasses and a giant inflatable #2 pencil.  ..yes I had all of that around the house lol.  What can I say?  This is the 3rd back-to-school nerdy NY party that I’ve hosted!  See here for 2015 and 2014nerdy party, how to plan a nerd party, tips for nerdy party
  7. Dance the day away!  We called ours a “dorky dance-a-thon”, pumped up the music and let everyone shake it out in the colorful, play space that was NY Kids Club.  Kids danced on giant trampolines, snapped their suspenders, and busted a move with balloons, in the air waving around like they just don’t care!  If you wanted, you could have a leader teach some simple, nerdy dance moves for the kids to follow along to Simon Says style to add to the theme or make that an entirely separate game altogether. ny kids club, nerd party
  8. Giveaway goodies.  I like to always send my guests home with a little something to remember the event by.  This event came fully sponsored so our guests walked away with tons of amazing items worth more than 12x the price of their event ticket. (free event planning consultation from B. Lee Events, $50 off a NY Kids Club new class enrollment and a free PJ party, $42 worth of customized Mabels Labels, exclusive offers to get onto Little Spoon’s organic meal delivery service waitlist, trendy buttons from Kidpik, $50 off new Usborne and More books, Shopkins themed lip balms from Moose Toys, discounted Meisterdish offers, and more)!  But for your party it could be as simple as sending guests home with the remaining items from the snack and dessert bar in cute themed bags.  My daughter decorated our goody bags with alphabet stickers easily converting it from a plain purple bag to a themed one!little spoon, ba ba bling kids, curated care, ny kids club, shopkins

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped make this party such a BLAST!  I had so much fun seeing you get down in your geekiest gear.  Thank you to all the event sponsors who helped make this happen!  See below for details!  And see our FB page for the full album of event photos.

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Venue and event staff- NY Kids Club Battery Park City

Mocktails and tastings by Little Spoon

Smart snacks and sweet table by B. Lee Events

Colored pencil cookies by Baked By Tal

Giveaway prize package worth $50 from Lucky & Me

Designer nerdy tees and composition book craft by Ba Ba Bling Kids

Customized name labels for each guest from Mabels Labels

Stickers and free book offer by Usborne and More

Moose Toys Shopkins lip balms

50% off Meisterdish meal delivery kit

Jand G Handmade for the lovely back-to-school themed hair clip awarded toback to school fashion the female winner of the “best dressed” title)

 

 

 

 

 

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Where did summer go?  As summer’s last hurrah, I organized a last minute, mommy and me meetup and decided to theme it around a teddy bear tea time.  Each child was asked to bring in a favorite teddy bear and join us at our place for a posh play date filled with tea sets, bears and bubbles!  Thanks to Gazillion Bubbles, we were able to wow our guests with the most fun bubble makers the kids had ever seen.

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We started the play date outdoors by setting up a picnic area for Juliet, her friends and their teddy bears.  A play tea set and felted desserts took center stage while the little ones playfuly challenged one another to blow bigger and bigger bubbles.

This was possible thanks to the incredibubble wands, giant palm jugglers, giant bubble mill and giant power wand supplied to us by Funrise and Gazillion Bubbles.  They made bubble making (and bursting) a breeze even for these 4 year olds!  Even us jaded moms (and teddy bears) were seriously impressed.

After all that excitement, we went in for a little snack and toddler tea time with our teddies.

Snacks consisted of cranBEARy trail mix (with teddy grahams, pretzels, popcorn and rice cakes), mixed BEARies, mini cupcakes that Juliet made topped with Teddy graham cracker heads, and Nabisco teddy bear treats along with a selection of hot or cold teas and water.

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The moms enjoyed our own version of bubbly.  And each of our champagne glasses were filled with a special treat.

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Decor consisted of recycled, re-purposed Oh Joy for Target decor, wrapping paper and Target dollar bin fans that I featured at my ice cream socials this past summer and other parties.

For the activity, Juliet led storytime by singing “Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See.”

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I was so proud of my little hostess with the mostest!

Not only did she do a perfect job reciting the book from memory (1 of 5 books she has memorized word for word), but she was an absolute sweetheart sharing all her toys, helping get drinks and prepping for the party.

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Other unBEARably cute party details included the teddy bear face masks that I created by cutting a free printable I found online and then adding a chopstick and washi tape to the back.

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They doubled as party decor (each was placed at their table setting) and was also used as a photo prop.

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Teddy bears sat nearby to hang out and get fed and bear paw prints lined our front entrance and hallway floors leading everyone towards the PAWty.

I can’t believe summer vacation is already coming to a close. These buddies begin school next Thursday and have collected many fun memories to begin the school year with.  I hope you also enjoyed your summer vacation!

Tell me what you liked most about this bubbly teddy bear tea!

 

Special thanks to our product sponsor, Gazillion Bubbles and RenBeaniePR for helping us to celebrate the last bit of summer in such a memorable way!  To see these bubbles live in action see my IG story today or click here for a full demo.

 

 

 

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I love throwing parties.  I used to throw three a day at Saks Fifth Avenue in 3 separate departments sometimes all at once and I kind of miss it.  Decorating, party planning, and celebrating with themes is in my blood and so with Juliet, I combine themed parties with play dates.  And together we’ve celebrated each holiday in style and have elevated the average mommy and me get together to something special, something beyond. And that is what I aimed to do again with a sprinkle-themed play date.  I enlisted 7 sponsors through my database of contacts and threw a series of “sprinkle some fun” themed play dates for some close blogger friends of mine.

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It all started out with Juliet using her kid-friendly cooking set from Real Cooking.  They gifted us and the blogger moms in attendance with adorable cooking sets, cake pop makers and handy egg crackers perfect for toddler hands.  Given Juliet loves cooking so much (even sleeps with her whisk), she was super psyched to show off her cooking skills by baking cookies for all her guests to decorate.

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She helped present all the fun sprinkle options in these cute containers and I encouraged everyone to decorate with their own dollop of frosting and sprinkle toppings.  dsc_3420

Of course, eating your finished product is the best part!

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Other activities included coloring in pages supplied by Crayola in a fun sprinkles theme.

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Below is Juliet’s finished artwork – not bad for a 3 year old, right? dsc_3715

After school snacks included:  fresh fruit, trail mix, hummus and chips, cheese and crackers and a selection of drinks.

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The kids loved the displayed ice cream truck and doll sponsored by Our Generation.  I mean really, is this not a dream toy set for any little girl or what?

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The “sweet stop ice cream truck” features movable wheels, wipers, a pull down seating area and chalk board sign.  And it even has buttons to signal left /right, lights for cruising in the dark, a music button to play 3 songs, brake pedal lights and wipers that actually work!

our generation doll, sweet stop ice cream truckAnd with 128 delicious and beautiful pieces (think snow cones, banana split sundaes, popsicles, donuts and ice cream galore), the imaginative play is endless!

our generation ice cream truckPlus you can feel good about this product because the packaging is made from recycled materials and a portion of any Our Generation product sales goes towards the Free The Children’s Power of a Girl Initiative.  And unlike many other toys, this one doesn’t need a makeover.  It’s perfectly pretty already!

The Our Generation doll that was gifted with it was also a hit!  She traveled everywhere with Juliet and her friends!

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When I asked Juliet where they were driving off to, she replied “to the fashion mall!”  haha she is definitely my daughter!

If you’re wondering why Juliet is pictured wearing two different outfits it’s because this play date was a 2 part series.  It’s hard getting all these busy moms to agree on one date!  But it all worked out because Juliet got to show off different ways to style her new Beach Town Baby tee!  The raglan tee, with its cute saying, “It’s a confetti and sprinkles kind of day” was the perfect addition to the play date for our minifashionistas.  Each girl styled it in her own way which really showed off how versatile the tee (which comes in both pink or blue) really is!

11-10-002I even found double use for the tees and draped them over the chairs as decorative chair covers.  And yes that is wine.  The moms need to have some fun at the play date too! lol

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Not only was each blogger kid gifted with a Real Cooking set, and a Beach Town Baby tee, they also got to take home a gift from Charm It! and Watchitude!

Both companies carried on the sprinkles theme with cute accessories perfect for girly girls like ours!

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Sprinkles themed watch patterns included gumballs, gummy bears, donuts, sprinkles, and ice cream.

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I love how the watches slap on for easy on/off wearability and the fact that they are analog, not digital makes them educational tools too!  I am already starting to teach Juliet how to tell time with them!

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Charm It! offers the cutest selection of charm necklaces, bracelets, brooches and stick on charms.  The teeny bopper in me got super excited while shopping their colorful website.  Of course we chose charms with a sprinkles theme for this play date!  But she also chose and received some really sweet Disney princess charms to transform her necklace for those days when she is feeling more royal (follow me on Instagram to see more!)

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Sprinkles cupcakes were supplied by Sprinkles.  Who better to partner with on a sprinkles themed play date??  No but really, they had the most delectable cupcakes.  I’m totally addicted and find it nearly impossible to pass by their store without a little treat.

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A fun, dance-able mix of songs played in the background and confetti push pops and polka dotted balloons invited kids to revel in their sugar high.

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Thanks to all our guests for such a memorable, laughter filled time!  @gothamlove, @downtownchicmoms @eunicekindred  My cheeks hurt from smiling at all the cuteness overload.  And special thanks goes out to all my sponsors who made this posh play date possible.

 

 

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I’ve created monthly Fab Kids meetups and themed playdates and have recently made them open to the public and fans of my Instagram page, @fab_kids.  (Check this page out for more nerdy fashions!)

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I was able to easily create this adorable invite through Paperless Post whom I love for fashionable evites on-the-go. You can select from numerous backgrounds, paper liners, envelopes, fonts and even stamps.  They make it super easy to create a stylish online invite (and even sell coordinating paper products too)!

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Our 2nd nerdy playdate in the park was held this year at Elevated Acre, a little-known rooftop park with a great view of the East River, South Street Seaport and Brooklyn.

Photo1-10Sort of a secret plaza, it was the perfect place for the kids to run wild and have a private park all to themselves.

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Here are the kids in their nerdy gear.  Don’t you just love the suspenders, bowties and glasses?

nerd party  back to schoolThe kids enjoyed being able to run free and enjoy a little picnic playdate.  And I supplied the kids with some back-to-school stickers, crayons and papers (along with toy school buses) to keep them occupied.

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Of course my daughter ended up accessorizing herself with the stickers (as shown below).  Check out all the nerdy details!  (see school bus on J’s hair clips, glasses and crayons on her friend’s outfit and our nerdy photo props)9.28-001 Some of us moms got in on the nerdy fun too!IMG_8337back to school party back to school playdate

The book swap was simple.  Everyone brought in at least one book to swap and trade in for another.  First come first serve so the first person to arrive received a number 1 and was the first to be able to choose a book.  It’s a great way to re-use, and recycle during this back-to-school season.  Kids outgrow and get bored of items so fast.  So when they’re able to trade in and pick out a new book to read, it’s fun for everyone!IMG_8356

Everyone received a nerdy necklace (shown above) for attending and in the end, new friends and some adorable memories were made.

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My little J thanks everyone who came out to play!

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If you’re in the NY area, we’d love to see you next year!  Like our Facebook page for all our event invites and news and follow us @fab_kids on Instagram for daily fashion inspiration from super stylistas around the world!

 

Here’s the post with last year’s picnic playdate nerdy pics!

 

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I always try to make a point of checking out the Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids tabletop “Dining By Design” showcase.  It’s one of my favorite work-related events to attend.  Basically, you walk into a giant NYC Pier which is taken over by all the most fabulous florists and event planners who have oftentimes partnered with corporate sponsors and/or linen vendors to create the most magnificent tabletop displays.  Think centerpieces.  Think grand floral presentations.  And get ready to be wowed.  Here are some of my much overdue pics from my recent March visit.

I’ll start with one of my favorite displays.  It was a setup sponsored by Benjamin Moore Paint.  David Stark, the event planner credited for this masterpiece, took the challenge of creatively displaying paint colors to a whole new level when he concentrated on a simple, repeated motif..an egg..  an ode to the upcoming Easter holiday perhaps?  Not sure but this lovely little room made me smile as I peeked through the windows and curtains.

I’m a huge fan of repeated, ornate frames on walls as decor as evidenced from my previous blog posts.  So I couldn’t get enough of the fun, faux frame walls.  If you look closer, you’ll see that each egg represents a new Benjamin Moore color, sometimes repeated through the placecards and egg holders at each place setting.

Does anyone else love the trompe d’oeil chandelier, frames, birds and window?   It looks like David had a lot of fun designing this room.   This room is simply EGGcellent!

This next display looked like a cozy, fashionable restaurant booth – one that I wouldn’t mind dining at. This is by Kravet Inc.

They say that purple and yellow are complimentary colors because they are opposite each other on the color wheel…er that is what I learned in my high school art class at least.  I guess this picture sort of proves it.   Don’t the custom linens look rich?

Notice the table has holes… not the most practical table but it makes for a great conversation starter I guess.

And here’s the perfect table for your next romantic Valentine’s date.

I’ve heard of a bed of roses but a table?

I once rented a water wall similar to the one shown at this next dining table.  It was back in the day when I worked with David Tutera and was playing around with enormous event budgets.  $15,000 for a water wall?  Yea sure, why not?  Ahhh those were the days…

This dining area had a similar streaming effect but with ribbons – a far less expensive decor option 🙂Celebrity event planner, Preston Bailey actually mentored a group from the Fashion Institute of Technology to help create this mushroom themed table.I didn’t get a close-up of the mushroom and ribbon exterior but found one on another blogger’s site.  Thanks Heather Clawson from Habitually Chic

The rest of the photos are mine shot with my Canon s90 a slr -35mm hybrid that I just love.

I guess everyone is eating mushrooms (and grass) for dinner.  Hmmm think I’ll dine somewhere else.

Fresh and fruity is how I’d describe this next set by Todd Moore.

Notice the little umbrellas on each plate mimicing the umbrella centerpiece?

Modern environmentalists will love this next one.  How about re-using cardboard as decor?

The simple color palette allows for texture to really be the star here.  Let’s hope that all this cardboard goes to the recycle bin once the traveling exhibit finishes.

In contrast to this subdued creamy palette, this next room popped with shades of pink offering a mod/modern almost game or music video like scene.  I just wished the event planner had chosen pure white ottomon cube covers rather than using those off-white canvas slipcovers. Do you agree?

The Terra Morehouse for Velvet Antler design is another of my favorites but I’m afraid the pictures just don’t do it enough justice.  I found it to be quirky, calm and modern all at once.  And I’m in love with the furry pillows.  Plus if I had to vote on the most unique centerpiece this one would win!

Speaking of new and interesting centerpieces, check out this table with the frame cluster!

Can you see how the silverware and butterflies both look like they were dipped in yellow paint?  What about the glasses stacked on top of each other?  Quirky details like this throughout the day amde the close-up all that much more rewarding!

I’ll continue the pictures and post another time.  For now,if you like what you saw here, check out the listed cities for this is a traveling showcase.  It may be coming to a city near you!

Kansas City April 30-May 1, 2010
Detroit August 12-14, 2010
Chicago November 4-6, 2010
San Francisco November 17-18, 2010
New York March 17-21, 2011
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