Fab Fetes

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

 

 

 

 

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As mentioned in my prior Shopkins posh playdate post, Shopkins are all the rage!  And I can see why with their cute, colorful look and collectible nature.  Tiny toys for tiny hands that beg to be bought, Shopkins scream fun!  And for that reason, we hosted not 1 but 2 posh playdates with this Shopkins theme!  This 2nd play date was for bloggers only and included fab moms Mary (and Brinkley) from Downtown Chic Moms and Melissa (and Misa) from JustaBXmom.  Together, we enjoyed perfect weather on our rooftop and giddily watched as the girls got together and celebrated their super fandom.

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(As the Shopkins theme song goes,)”We got a plan, the perfect party / There’s so much to celebrate / It’s a surprise, so let’s get started! / How are we gonna make this party great? / Got to make it extra special / No one’s ever seen before /Streamers, sparkles, party dresses / Check out what we got in store! / We’re thinking of fashion fiesta / A party to sweep me right off my feet! / Got to make it extra pretty / No one’s ever seen before / Flowers, glitter, and confetti / Check out what we got in store!”

I basically took our prior decor from Shopkins play date #1 and moved it outside!  Here are some quick notes about how I stayed within budget:

  • The paper fans were from Target’s dollar bin.  I creatively customized by adding Shopkins stickers to the center.
  • The cake pops are stuck into styrofoam that I wrapped in gift paper and washi tape.
  • The Shopkins plushies and costumes which were sent by PR companies were re-purposed as decor.
  • I added minature Shopkins plushies and dolls to silk florals from TJMaxx that I already had at the house.

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The tiered snack tray included funtastic fruit that Juliet helped skewer, crunchy snacks and Shopkins branded M&Ms. Each tier was sprinkled with actual Shopkins toys and the top of the display was stickered with Shopkins stickers.  Matching washi tape was used as a decorative border.

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Thanks to Moose Toys, each of us bloggers got to keep a Shopkins costume which had the girls smiling from ear to ear. “This is how we party! / Dressing up, throw some flinging / This is how we party! Decorating while we’re singing This is how we party!

Speaking of decorating, that is exactly what the girls did!  They decorated themselves with Shopkins tattoos,  and decorated a Shopkins coloring page with crayons & Shopkins stamps.  Apple Blossom took home a picture of herself, Cheeky Chocolate designed a cheeky chocolate coloring page and Strawberry Kiss loved coloring her own profile pic.

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And of course, we had the first trade these girls have ever experienced!  A Shopkins Swapkins!  The girls (at age 4 and 6) were unbelievably nice about giving up items their friends wanted in exchange for new Shopkins they might have had their eyes on.

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Each girl was given an organizer box which Juliet decorated with Shopkins stickers to stay within theme before all the guests arrived (if you follow along with our IG stories, you got to see all our fun, pre-party planning details!).  I found the teal boxes and Shopkins stickers on sale at Michaels.  As the Shopkins song goes, “what really makes the party is being with all my friends!  Good times, everybody, this party never ends!”  Well OK so after a couple hours, the party did finally end but it lives on in our hearts and minds!

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“Good times, everybody This party never ends!”

Shopkins Season 8 is out on the shelves now and features a super chic world vacation theme.  Paris, anyone?

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THANKS to our posh play date sponsors without whom our party would not be so fabulous!

RenBeanie PR – Shopkins Kinstruct and Shopkins Plushies

MWW PR  / (Moose Toys) Shopkins toys, tattoos, M&Ms, goody bags, stamps, pens, erasers, costumes and plushies

Baked By Tal – cake pops

Heart N Soul by US- Shopkins surprise rainbow bath bombs

Calming Intentions – Shopkins filled glycerin soap

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You know what else is worth celebrating?? Shopkins is launching its first-ever live, theatrical show for Shopkins!  And with our media preview at Shopkins’s 1st-ever pop-up cafe in NYC, we were able to witness the live action with front row access!

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Shopkins Live will kick off Sept. 14, with tickets going on sale now.  You heard it here first!  How about planning your Shopkins Swapkins around the show??  Click through our previous (indoors) Shopkins play date for more ideas and inspiration!  And don’t forget to turn it up as you dance to “this is how we party!”

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Are your kids Shopkins crazed?  If so, they’re not alone!  This cutesy collectible which varies in theme from grocery items to desserts and now travel collections (season 8) hit #1 status in 2015 as the best -selling toy in the U.S.   So hosting a Shopkins-themed posh play date seemed like the only logical thing to do.  Thanks to our many helpful sponsors, we were able to treat our guests to sweets, bath bombs, plushies, stickers, toys and more.

Activities included Shopkins costume dress -up and race down the hallway, Shopkins Trouble (board game), playing with a real-life Shopkins bunny, and searching for Shopkins inside a Play doh ball!

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I got the idea to hide Shopkins surprises into a Play Doh ball from one of our sponsors who sent us fizzy rainbow bath bombs which each hid a Shopkins toy inside.  Check out these amazing bath bombs Heart N Soul sent us these to share with all our Shopkins – crazed guests!

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It is handmade using natural ingredients (baking soda, citric acid, epsom salt, essential oil, natural food coloring or natural mica colorant, pure organic olive oil and purified water).

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After working up an appetite, we munched on kid-friendly snacks (cheese and crackers, hummus, bread, dried fruits and fresh fruit smoothies).  Moms sipped some wine..Ok so that didn’t go along with the Shopkins theme but hey, it’s a party for us too, right?

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I made the smoothie with organic watermelon juice, frozen grapes, fresh rasberries and spinach, topping it off with more Shopkins fresh fruit!  The real treat of the day however were the delicious cake pops sent to us by Baked By Tal!  In coordinating rainbow colors, and topped with sprinkles, they were a huge hit to the girls who laughed out loud at their blue, purple and red mouths afterwards.

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Even though Shopkins has just launched in 2014, it has become a leading property with its tiny toy collectibles, an app, a line of dolls, and licensed goods which can be found at all major retailers, ranging in price from $2.99 to $34.99 MSRP.  Juliet was so excited to be able to share some of these goodies with her school mates that she couldn’t wait to get the party started and gift away.

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Stay tuned for more Shopkins parties coming soon!  And make sure to follow along our daily adventures through our Instagram.  Right now, you can view videos from this posh play date through our IG story and if you’ve been following along, you were able to see our sneak peek of the first-ever Shopkins pop-up cafe in NYC where Juliet got to model down the Shopkins runway for all the media there!

 

Thanks for reading and make sure to tag a Shopkins fan and leave a comment below!

 

Special thanks to Ren Beanie PR and MWW PR teams for helping to make this posh play date possible!

 

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We at Fab Kids, love a good party so when our besties from Gotham Love invited us to an exclusive blogger playdate at the Plaza we said YES without even referencing our already- packed June calendar.  Priorities, people!  We’ve had a grand old time just shopping through their adorable Eloise shop and always wanted to try out the Eloise themed tea party there.  We knew that it would be “mahhhvelous” and ‘rawther fancy!”  So we made sure Juliet had an outfit to match the special occasion.

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Perfectly poised to match the pink, black and white party space, she happily explored all the pretty items which ranged from designer duds to Eloise books, accessories and stuffed toys.

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We bought her another Eloise book to add to her collection as a souvenir!  DSC_2500

The shop is a true fantasy land for any fashionista!

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Before we got the party started, Juliet was able to play a little pretend in the gorgeous stage area (where they used to have a miniature grand piano).    DSC_2494

Where’d it go?? I don’t know..

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 The Plaza does NOT disappoint when it comes to decor.  This room was fit for a princess!  6.8-001

The girls loved it and started their playdate with Eloise bedazzling a pink jewelry box.  My lil’ jewel loved this activity!

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Afterwards, she enjoyed coloring Eloise pages, browsing the tea sets with friends, getting her face painted and choosing a dress for the Eloise fashion show!  eloise at the plaza, plaza tea party for girls, eloise tea party for kids, eloise tea partyThere was a lot of pink in this fashion show!

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Each child got introduced to the runway filled with eager parents and each dressed up child took his/her own turn and spin down the runway for us momarazzis.  It was hysterically fun for all of us moms to witness!  Juliet, having had some experience modeling was not one bit shy and took her time with each sweet and sassy pose.  And at the end, they took group shots on stage and even got their sillies out!

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Turns out modeling works up an appetite. Afterwards we sipped lemonade and enjoyed tea sandwiches, and beautiful desserts of all kinds!

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We felt so lucky to be treated in this royal manner!  The Eloise tea room accommodated 8 kids for their playdate special.  And from the looks of it, all 8 wanted to come back for more!

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Prices begin at $75 per child for 60 minutes, offering a semi-private section of the Eloise Tea Room.  To privatize the Tea Room, prices are $250/hour.  Pricey, I know.  My review is that it would have been reasonable at $50/head or if they had thrown in some champagne for the moms and/or an event photographer with that package price (which we luckily got given our host was a professional photographer), perhaps the $75/head would be easier to swallow.  But it IS NY and it IS the Plaza ..

What do you think?  Would this picture-perfect party be worth the expense?  It’s pretty beautiful and they say pictures are priceless..not to mention the many memories made..

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Domino Magazine is my all-time favorite home decor magazine so when I got called upon to cover their VIP party at the newly opened, and beautiful City Point (Brooklyn mall), I just had to see it for myself.  Golden Globe winning actress, Maggie Gyllenhaal (and my little Juliet) graced the opening reception to the delight of photogs.  Is it just me or does one seem strangely more at ease in front of the cameras than the other…

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We walked into a burst of colors, tropical fruits and a summery soundtrack that immediately put us in the mood for the season.

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Together, we enjoyed fruity popsicles, enjoyed the festive party go-ers and shopped the store which included so many stylish finds.  Domino expertly curated items from the best of the design world including: Dusen Dusen, Bushwick Kitchen, Found My Animal, Bushwick Kitchen, Recreation Center, and Fredericks & Mae and proceeds benefited Prospect Park Alliance’s community art project, The Connective Project.

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Those are patterned soaps by the way in that first picture! What a fun way to freshen up your bathroom decor or leave a little hostess gift behind, huh? The whole space was just breathtakingly beautiful.  But what else would you expect from Domino?

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The appetizers could not have been more alluringly laid out either.

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Even the bar area provided plenty of eye candy!

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Overall, we had a swinging good time and highly suggest that if you’re in the area you drop on by!

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The Domino Summer Pop-up Shop will be open three weekends in June [June 2nd-4th; 9th-11th; and 16th-18th] from 11am until 8pm daily.  It is conveniently located on street level in City Point at 445 Albee Square West in Downtown Brooklyn, accessible by the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, B, F, G, Q, and R subway trains.

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Check out the last time we were at City Point for a kids’ fashion show HERE!

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As part 2 to the Fab Mom lunch that I hosted and produced for title sponsors, Meisterdish and Jenn Air, we gathered some awesome moms for another collaborative cooking event.

cooking moms, what to cook, meal delivery servicesIt’s a joy meeting my followers and also a great time bringing together such amazing people.  Meisterdish greeted us with some delicious appetizers.  And JennAir treated us to drinks of all kind…rose’ anyone?

DSC_8309 Everyone enjoyed the venue.  JennAir’s showroom is after all, simply stunning.  Check out this all-white marbled kitchen outfitted with the latest, high-tech JennAir appliances!

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Did you know their appliances are now wifi-enabled?  You can preheat your oven from the touch of your cell phone on your way home!

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We all confessed to wanting to move in!

Card A Mom introduced us to their helpful app, sort of a Match.com for moms.  I’m definitely trying this out!

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Curated Care introduced us to their specialized expert caretakers for busy moms who want more than the average sitter.

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Imagine having a real teacher come in to tutor, provide individualized chess lessons, or teach Spanish to your little one!

And Hope McGrath was available to enlighten us on her life coaching and styling services. What mom couldn’t use a little help in life??

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Together, we shared mommy cooking secrets, kitchen disasters, and funny anecdotes while cooking up a storm.

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Thank you to all our sponsors and guests for the great time!  It couldn’t have happened without YOU!

Special thanks goes out to our goody bag sponsors:

And I’m thrilled to help announce Meisterdish’s new Mombassador search!  If chosen, you could win regular discounts to their meal service, invites to exclusive events, and sales incentives.  Contact Meisterdish to see if you’re eligible!  These are incredible benefits that you and your family will really enjoy!

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Is anyone else salivating??

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It’s always fun to get to see and hang out with my fellow NY mom bloggers but even more fun when I get to host it with fab title sponsors, Meisterdish and JennAir!  On March 20th, we gathered at the beautiful JennAir showroom on 59th street and collaboratively cooked up a storm using Meisterdish’s easy to follow recipes and instructions.

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Meisterdish washes, cuts and delivers the freshest ingredients to your door and promises a gourmet meal in as little as 8 minutes! (currently serving Midtown East and UES with plans to expand soon).  I love this!  No more crying over chopped onions!  AND I get to look like a gourmet chef in minutes?!  DSC_8338It’s perfect for busy moms on-the-go who are tired of meal planning, and feeling the need to mix their menus up!  They have a terrific selection of options to fit every taste and dietary restriction.  And their Executive Chef hails from NY’s famed, Daniel restaurant!  Pretty impressive!  We all got to taste test a variety of their foods at the event AND take home a box to cook later!

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Possibly the best and most surprising thing about this service is that it isn’t subscription based like the others.  No obligation and no pressure to conform to a set # of dinners to cook fits well into my unpredictable and event-filled lifestyle! DSC_8302

Thanks to all the influential NY mommy bloggers who joined us for this little lunch!  DSC_8333

And thanks to JennAir for letting us enjoy their beautiful kitchen appliances and showroom space! Did you know their luxury appliances now have a Nest and (Amazon) Alexa hookup?  Your smartphone can now connect to your fridge and you can preheat your oven by talking through Alexa!  Who else feels like we are living in the future here??  Click here to learn more!

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Card a Mom was on-site welcoming guests and introducing  everyone to their clever app which helps moms get in touch with and meet other moms sort of Match.com style.

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I wrote about my awkward experiences initially trying to make mom friends on my own here and really wish this handy app was around back then!  If you’re a mom, you NEED THIS!

mom friends Hope McGrath, a transformational life coach and stylist was also on hand addressing moms’ most pressing questions concerning everything from business, to balance, to wardrobe.  Everyone loved her grounded advice and insightfulness.  As her friend of 10(?) years, I can personally attest to her genuineness, great listening skills, and stellar style.  Check out the many ways she can help you achieve your goals on her site here.

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After enjoying delectable dishes, trying our hand in the JennAir kitchen and nibbling on fresh baked cookies, each guest took home a goody bag filled with a Meisterdish box, wine pairing wheel and luxe notebook from JennAir, free class passes from Chaise Fitness, (my current, go-to workout), Buntoppers hair accessories, a Live Clean Baby bubble bath / wash (smells amazing!!) and $150 off NY Kids Club!

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To see the buntoppers on my minifashionista follow us on IG!  Below is a close-up of their adorable product unpackaged.

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And YOU readers (since you made it all the way to the bottom of this post) also get a code to NY Kids Club!

USE promo code ‘FABKIDS17‘ to save $50 on any class of your choice!  They offer every kids’ class including: sports, fitness, gymnastics, math, science, chess, engineering, art, dance, theater and music.  My 4 year old is taking classes there this summer and we are really looking forward to it.  They’re also a great venue for parties!  I’m throwing a Fab Kids series all year!  (more on that later, follow FB for details).

Please leave a comment if you were at this event or tell me what you thought of all these party details!  What goody bag item would you most covet?

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a sponsored post but all opinions as always, are 100% my own.

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I naively thought that I could dreamily plan out my daughter’s birthday parties for at least the first 5 years of her life. Anyone who knows me knows I love planning parties and knows that I find any random excuse to celebrate.  Kids’ White party to celebrate the end of summer, anyone??  So here I am with carefully thought-through party ideas for her 1st through 5th birthday parties..not kidding check out my Pinterest page…and then my precocious, soon-to-be 4 year old daughter throws a wrench in my plans and independently comes up with her own ideas.  Princess Party!girls birthday party, pink party, pink party decor, happy birthday bannerAnd boy was she specific!

  • “princess theme with pink”
  • “I want it to be a tea party”
  • “I want to sit in a queen’s chair!”
  • “I want a princess cake like Olivia’s (referencing a Barbie cake)”
  • “lots of CANDY!”
  • only 4 guests” (tells me exactly who to invite and that this year it has to be a small party)
  • “I want to set the table!”

OK OK!  I get it. You want to be a princess!  So back to the drawing board I went and through our collaborative research/discussion and approval phase, we came up with a non-Disney-specific, princess tea party with pink, white and metallic colors running throughout.  Here’s how I transformed our NY apartment into a picture-perfect party palace and here are tips on how you can design yours on a budget too:

Backdrop 

We have a large white, blank wall currently devoid of art, or frames which not only gives our living room, a clean minimalistic feel but also allows me to easily transform the space each holiday or for any celebration.  I turned this wall into a beautiful photo backdrop with my 1 splurge piece, this beautifully printed banner from Iconica Design.  The large scale immediately brightened up the room and carried the colors throughout the space.  What do you think?

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Since I’m all about the photo opp, I imagined getting a group shot with the girls all jumping on my couch with balloons in the air, waving them around like they just didn’t care…  and I loved when my vision came to life!

Balloons

Balloon garlands and installations if professionally done are super pricey.  But you can go the DIY route if you have a lot of patience and can spare some time (and by “some” I mean double the time you think it takes).  To stay within budget, I blew all these balloons up myself (bought wholesale), taped them to my mirror with packing tape, prayed they would stay on but still had to repeat this process 10x cuz so many popped or wouldn’t stay up, then added mirrored Christmas garland, and finally inserted silk flowers in between for a unique, girly look.  It was well worth the effort in the end, I think, don’t you?

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I also did a balloon makeover on an enormous balloon that I brought home one day from the Live Clean blogger brunch.  By adding my own coordinating pom pom string, tulle and paper garland, it became a one-of-a-kind photo prop!

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Her feather crown can be purchased wholesale here.

Desserts

She mentioned she wanted sweets.  So I made and formed rice krispy stars, added frosting, gold glitter and a gold straw to create magic wands!

DSC_7592Pink rock candy sticks, jellybeans, and mini cupcakes also contributed to the sugar high.  And pink, gold and silver Hershey kisses hid in crown favor boxes while candy awaited our guests in the form of pretty pink purses.

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Happy Birthday sign is actually a cake topper that I bought wholesale here.

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The most royal of desserts however, was the princess cake!  Straight out of our dreams, was this glorious Barbie cake, dress, hat and present designed to match our party decor, from Baked by Tal.  AMAZING!

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Besides giving the sweets the royal treatment, I picked out the prettiest princess-y paper goods that I could find while perfectly matching her color theme.  By printing, cutting and assembling on my own, I was able to cut costs as well.  The banner, cupcake toppers, invite, thank you card and other event signs and notes can be found here.

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Tea party menu included: crown shaped PB&J princess sandwiches, 2 kinds of salad, pasta, chicken and rice, asparagus, fruit and of course, tea which I added pink edible rosebuds to.  Here’s a shot of the sandwiches that I cut using crown-shaped cookie cutters.

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Gold glitter wall

If you want a picture -perfect party, you MUST think about pretty backdrops!  These princesses were expert posers and I knew I had to have a special spot for them to pick a prop and pose.  Here, I re-used my fold-up backdrop holder and created a shimmery backdrop with a friend’s borrowed gold linen, some pom pom, xmas trim and some leftover plastic tablecloth previously used at a past party.  Everything was simply taped on with packing tape on the back and cost me nothing ‘cuz I just used what I had.  It’s amazing what you can find for your party at the local dollar store!  The shredded pink tablecloth turned garland here was a dollar each and I hand-cut it.  The gold circle confetti was also from the dollar store and I filled my wholesale balloons at the dollar store with helium!

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Tablescape

For a sophisticated kids’ tablescape I mixed in paper plates with real plates, bought coordinating teacups on sale on ebay, and found the perfect pink, white and gold paper goods at wholesale prices! 

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I really wanted a luxe linen but couldn’t afford the rental prices from my favorite linen supplier, Wildflower Linen so I made my own by buying wholesale, 1 yard of glittery mesh fabric from NY’s garment district and adding my own white ruffle trim.  I then sprinkled some diamond confetti pieces (found at Target) all over the table as shown here – majorly upgraded look from the usual child’s plastic table cover, right? how to set a kids party table, tablescape, design kids party, kids party stylistOf course, Juliet got to have her throne.  I found that Exceptional Party Rentals had some of the best throne selections with delivery to/from NYC.

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Activities

For this princess tea party, our (hired) princess (and Juliet’s babysitter) gave individualized mini-makeovers giving each guest a turn on the throne.  The girls also got to design their own glass slipper, a craft involving stickers and these wholesale favor shoes.

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And they enjoyed the shimmer and shine styling station and a “game of thrones” that I made up and had our resident princess lead.  (think musical chairs but with princess music, thrones, and princesses wearing tiaras)

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In the end, everyone had such a blast that they overstayed by 2 more hours!  Nobody wanted the party to end, including me.  See my Instagram and Twitter for more details and videos!

Juliet is already talking about her next birthday party plans… she says it will be a Frozen themed party with 5 friends when she turns 5!

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I love celebrating Valentine’s with Juliet because it’s such a fun girly holiday filled with hearts, pink, red and lots of love.  Every year, we transform our dining area with themed decor, I make my annual pink heart pancakes and break out all our Valentine’s colored fashions.  Another annual tradition we enjoy is hosting a Valentine’s-themed, posh play date.  See last year’s pajamas and pancakes play date, or Wild For you play dates!  This year, I’ll show you how we threw a pink and metallic Galentines for kids.  You can Do It Yourself at home too in 5 easy steps!

  1. Pick a color theme.

    I generally recommend picking and sticking to no more than 3 colors when decorating (with white not counting).  (That is unless you are having a rainbow themed party in which case color explosions would be required).  Because Juliet’s upcoming birthday party decor items were pink and metallic, I decided to make double-use out of items already laying around the house and use what we already had.  The white, pink, silver and gold went well with our home’s neutral color theme, and the shot of baby pink just made things so much sweeter.  To go along with the theme, I asked Juliet’s friends to dress up in those colors which made for super cute coordinated outfits (and photos)! kids valentine's party, how to throw a kids valentine's party, kids valentine's party ideas

  2. Dress the table.

    I like to dress up the dining area for special occasions and holidays and it never takes much money.  The flower centerpiece was actually a gift from a blogger event I had just attended, The pink paper plates were found at the dollar store and set on top of our fancier chargers to elevate the look, the borrowed sequin linen was folded into a runner and I made placemats out of cardstock paper.

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    I have bought a giant pack of patterned cardstock paper during Michael’s sale and have found them so useful year-round for all sort of crafts, activities and yes, as placemats!  Just throw them out once a mess is made plus they look so cute under the clear chargers, don’t they?  DSC_6737Another tip when dressing your table is to layer.  Notice how the placemats and plates are layered on top of one another with a Valentine’s greeting card on each plate?  Or see how the pom pom ball string was added to each side of the runner?  All these layers add visual interest and elevate your standard dining table setup.

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    Juliet helped me DIY placecards by adhering letter these circular white and gold stickers to each plate, spelling out each child’s name while reinforcing her alphabet recognition.

    3. Get photo ready.

    With each holiday, you’ll want to capture all the cute memories and milestones.  You’ve already asked your guests to come dressed in color theme, so think about the photo opps!  For a simple backdrop, I cut out letters out of the same cardstock used in the placemats and spelled out “Happy Galentine’s,” scotch taped them to the wall for an easy, temporary banner.

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    Then I added xoxo letters to my dining area’s mirror and a love balloon (found at Target) to my other mirror.

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    My selfie station included lip, heart and kiss me photo props with a framed sign encouraging guests to, “pick a prop and pose” (and they did)!

     

     

     

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    4.Plan an Activity

    Every get together needs an entertaining activity.  For a little girls’ Valentine’s get together, I like to have them do some simple decorating of food items like topping their heart-shaped pancakes like in my last Vday party (or for this party), sprinkling sparkly confections onto already frosted cupcakes.  Valentine’s card crafting could be another fun activity for moms and kids to do together but for the sake of time, I find it best to choose just one.  galentines for kids, how to throw a galentine's party, pink and metallic party, valentine's party decor ideas

    You could save time by purchasing store-bought cupcakes but Juliet and I enjoyed preparing for the party by pre-baking our own before the party started.

    DSC_6826(Don’t you just love the shot of chocolate that Max Brenner gave to me as a blogger who attended their event?)  You can inject it into the cupcakes, or just spread it over the top!  The colorful sprinkles and candy toppings were a major hit too!

    cupcake frosting, cupcake making party, valentine's party, valentine's for kidsAnd if you’re hosting a play date, sometimes, it’s fun to plan an activity for the moms as well.  I had prepared this fun get-to-know-you card game given to me by the brand during a toy fair. “Ladies night” it’s so fittingly called; and each card poses an interesting and revealing question, perfect for getting your Galentine’s going! how to host a galentine's, happy valentine's party, valentine's party for kids, ideas for kids valentines DSC_6782Combine this with a little pink champagne or rose’ and you’re all set!

    5. Party!

    Lastly, don’t forget the background music, prepare enough time to set up before your guests arrive and when they do, relax, and party with your girls!  Valentine’s is the perfect time show your girlfriends your love. Happy Galentine’s!

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Live Clean, Live Kind, Live Beautiful, that is the mantra behind the Live Clean Baby brand and it resonated with me.  Recently, I was invited to their beautiful blogger breakfast held at Bouley Botanical.  Walking into the room felt like a breath of fresh air.  Fresh greenery, flowers and the prettiest white balloons greeted all of us.

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We were treated to a lovely experience including a DIY baby bouquet, brunch, and a deluxe bag of goodies to take home with us.

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The avocado toast and mini quiches were my favorite part of brunch but everything was so perfectly displayed!  Just look at all this goodness.

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It was the perfect setting to learn all about their eco-friendly, baby care products. 

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Live Clean formulations are made with a minimum of 96% replenishable, renewable and sustainable plant ingredients

  • All baby formulas are pediatrician tested, clinically tested, and tear free
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They’re products you can feel good about applying knowing they’re safe for baby and good for the environment too.   IMG_8574

Thank you, Live Clean Baby for the memorable blogger breakfast!  If you follow my IG stories, you may have seen this video recap of the event!

 The balloon is in my hallway reminding me of you everyday!

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Live Clean Baby can be found at Walgreens and Whole Foods.

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