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I LOVE kids, fashion and event planning so when I had the opportunity to combine all these passions with this white-themed glamping photo shoot that I produced and styled in partnership with Mialandyn  I got SOO excited!   With a mix of fashions and accessories from Juliet’s closet and what the models brought to set, I styled each of these cuties in the outfits shown below.  Using just white and metallic accents, each girl looked so sweet in their head-to-toe whites, didn’t they?

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Sofia, Madelyn, and Winter were such precious dolls to work with!  Check out their other photo shoot with me for our fab_fourth here. 

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For this shoot, we wanted to offer a preview of the upcoming Fab Kids Summer Glamp that has been in my head for half a year.  I envisioned white teepees (these are rentable and owned by Mialandyn Events), smores sets and a glamping atmostphere and I think this shoot really brought those ideas to life!

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If you want to style a picturesque glamping play date or party at your own home, here are the elements I suggest you find:

  • greenery (whether it be plants as shown here, or faux grass decorative placemats and balls, or fresh flowers what would a glamping scene be without a little bit of the outdoors brought in)?
  • teepee or tent
  • smores (everything from smores flavored Chips Ahoy cookies, to cake pops, to rice krispy treats and cereals are available at your nearest grocer now)
  • lots of pillows which make any lounging area more comfy and isn’t that what we’re all trying to achieve when glamping?
  • decorative mat to sit on.  We chose fur ‘cuz what is more luxe than that?  white fur blanket for underneath the teepee and a real pony-haired piece for the smores making area.  But any pretty blanket or rug will do!
  • wild animals – I brought out white stuffed animals for this all-white shoot but for your glamping scene, any stuffed animal will help bring out the outdoors in while giving the kids a cute prop to pose with.

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The snack area featured these pretty little baskets, milk bottles and party straws, pretzels and popcorn, and even chocolate covered Marshmallows! Special thanks to Brooklyn Cake Pops who specially designed and created these sparkly desserts just for our shoot!

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They were enjoyed by ALL!  Special thanks to our photographer, Ania for all these wonderful photos and for taking time out of her busy day to collaborate with us! Check out Mialandyn for all your party planning needs (and to buy these cool balloons too!)  She can even customize them for your party theme like she did for us here with the white florals!

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For more info on how I can style your kids and or produce a shoot for you, feel free to email me at fabgabblog@gmail.com.  Other photo shoot styling sessions can be seen here and at my Fab Kids photo site.

Click here to find out how to create a white party in 8 easy steps!

Stay tuned for all the details on the Summer Glamp ticketed event I produced in NYC for  Fab Kids!

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DSW kids invited us to enjoy a NY night out and celebrate their highly anticipated kids’ shoe department along with their nationwide back-to- school donation drive with Soles4Souls.  Over 200 doors in more than 40 states will be collecting new and gently worn shoes for the charitable organization which distributes shoes to the needy.  And we couldn’t be happier to help!  After all, we certainly had outgrown shoes to donate.  And I love taking any opportunity to teach Juliet (even at age 3) to appreciate and be thankful.  We have helped her sponsor other kids her age through World Vision and have used the opportunity to discuss how different their lifestyle is and the need to give back to those less fortunate.  So it was to no surprise that I found her happily able to give away her shoes at the event.  She understood the importance.

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And it was truly a treat to not only give back but also to do so in such a beautiful setting!  620 Loft and Garden at Rockefeller Plaza overlooked the stunning St. Patrick’s cathedral allowing for some incredible views!

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DSW really seemed to know how to throw a kid-friendly party, one that parents and kids would both enjoy.  Open bar, networking and tarot card reading for the parents and cute kid DJ,  popcorn, snow cones, hot dogs and this interactive piano for the adults er I mean the kids too!DSC_9504 dsw event

Oh and did I mention they had a flip flop bar??  That’s what’s hiding in the DSW goody bag pictured above!  Speaking of shoes, Juliet’s suede gladiators that everyone was going gaga over at the event were an online find and a steal at just $23.  The dress is vintage.  I love unique deals (as every DSW customer does)!dsw kids party

As the night drew on and we met old and new friends, we suddenly realized that we had closed the party down!  The sun was setting, people were scrambling for their last snow cone and farewells were being had.

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You know it’s a good party when you’re not yet ready to leave!  Thank YOU DSW for providing a fun time for both us parents and kids.  See, perhaps partying with your parents ain’t so bad after all.

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When I told Juliet we were going to a superhero party, she replied that that she was a princess not a superhero.  (What a girly girl!)  So I told her she could be a superhero with princess powers and showed her this beautiful personalized cape from Creative Capes and she was SOLD!  All I did was dress up her 3rd birthday feather dress with her tiara, a broken light-up sabor and the pink/purple cape and accessories gifted to us from Creative Capes and KABOOM!  She turned into SUPER PRINCESS J!

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According to Creative Capes’ founder, Holly, “Something as simple as a cape has the power to positively affect a child’s self-esteem.”  And it’s true!  I got to watch the transformation right before my very eyes at Gymboree’s Superhero themed prom!

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The photo booth area sponsored by Creative Capes, encouraged easy try-ons with a fun-filled cape and accessory station and comic-strip-style power signs.   The kids loved dressing up and posing hero-style.  It was a blast!

superhero party ideas, superhero capesBoys and girls alike got into the superhero theme!

how to plan a superhero partyAfter having provided ideas for Gymboree’s members on how to accessorize what you had in your closet and transform ordinary outfits into super ones (click here for that previous post), I was excited to see how all the littles styled themselves!  I loved that some even took the inspiration board to heart and bought the exact outfits I suggested!

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Gymboree did a great job including other powerful details to their boom pop kapow party.

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The theme inspired everyone to soar through the air.  And Gymboree is the perfect place for little ones to practice doing just that!

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Here’s more about Creative Capes and their story!  Gift your super boy or girl one today!

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For more ideas on how to plan your own superhero party click here.

To see Gymboree’s prior prom parties, click here!

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If you believe in celebrating in style, and you look for excuses to throw a good party, having kids won’t stop that party planning perfectionist in you.  At least that’s what I’ve learned.  I’m THAT mom who offers to host a play date and then surprises everyone with a full-out professionally coordinated, themed event. This July 4th have a Fab Fourth!  It’s is an easy time to decorate and really jump into a theme.  After all, everyone has some form of red white and/or blue in their homes and closets! Here is some inspiration for you to host a Fab 4th of July party or play date indoors.

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I encourage you to have a Fab Fourth with kids in the comfort of your own home!  Simply stick to a strict color theme of red white and blue, use what you have and ask everyone to dress in theme.  Here, in partnership with Mialandyn Events, we decorated her rental teepees with fringe and taped-on star cutouts.  (Taping on additional decor is such an easy and clever way to temporarily transform a plain teepee to match any holiday or theme!) Next we added some matching fur blankets and patriotic pillows to complete the luxe look.  We also added fun toddler toys and balloons inside which invited kids to explore and play.

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Encourage a pretend picnic with gingham red picnic blanket laid out and kid-friendly finger foods like healthy snacks from Fresh Kids, blueberries in a star dish, star-shaped cake pops from Current Mood, sparkly red marshmallows and 3D chocolate covered Oreo cookies from Brooklyn Cake Pops!  Red white and blue napkins, cake platter and star-shaped dishes help carry out the theme.

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Ask play date guests (moms and kids alike) to dress head-to-toe in red white and blue and you’ll be surprised how they take to the fashion challenge. Having the kids match REALLY makes for some adorable shots and brings out the momarazzi in all of us!

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I had so much fun styling all the kids for this shoot with pieces from their closets and my daughter’s combined.

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Take the opportunity to talk to the toddlers about flags, stars and stripes and voila! You’ve had a patriotic play date!

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If you liked this, click through for more inspiration on how to throw a patriotic picnic outdoors and check out the NYC instameet that we hosted last week with Mialandyn and Fresh Kids.

Special thanks goes out to all the partners for this shoot:

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Have a fab July fourth with your kids by celebrating in style!  Last year, I hosted a red white and blue themed picnic which you can see here.  This year, I wanted to make it bigger and better. So Fab Kids partnered up with Mialandyn Events (whose rentable teepees and pillows you see here) along with Fresh Kids (healthy snacks) for a fun, free fashionable patriotic picnic for friends and followers alike.july 4th party, july 4th styleThe toddlers loved the mini golf setup on the great big lawn.

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But there were also pretend ice cream shop stations and toy picnic baskets for the kids to discover inside each decorated teepee.

fourth of july style, fourth of july picnic Everyone was challenged to celebrate in style by showing off how they rock red white and blue.  And boy, they did NOT disappoint!

cute girls july 4th, how to style july 4thI put together this little outfit for my toddler and it only costed $40 head-to-toe with hand-me-down, vintage and gifted items.  DSC_5950

That French-inspired bowtie is actually a hair bow that I converted with a simple safety pin clip.  I’m a lucky mom.  She lets me dress her in all sorts of accessories and doesn’t seem to mind at all! july 4th kids party and picnic

I thank all the many fashionable families who came out to celebrate a very #fab_fourth with us.DSC_5966

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And of course the many mommies and their littles too!

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Congrats to the winner of our #fab_fourth raffle!  DSC_6071

And if you’re in the NY area, and want an invite to an upcoming Fab Kids event, please leave your first and last name, email and kids names’ and ages with me either in the comments section here or feel free to email me at fabgabblog@gmail.com.  Like Fab Kids on FB to vote on event details, see event photos and updates and get all the Fab Kids news!  We have a Summer Glamp (Aug), Geek Chic play date (Sept) and a Fa-BOO-lous costume party (Oct.) in the works and would love to meet you there!

For video recaps and additional photos follow me @fab_kids and @fabgabblog on IG!  Thanks for following and let me know how you’re planning to celebrate Independence day this year!

 

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Each Fourth of July, I’ve gathered a small group of friends for a red white and blue patriotic picnic which has resulted in some insanely cute photos and adorable memories.

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Each year they grow up, they get more and more active and independent and isn’t this the time to celebrate independence?

IMG_6980 This year, I’m happy to announce that I’m opening up the gathering to my @fab_kids following on Instagram, getting sponsors and partners involved and hosting a patriotic picnic that is sure to be full of family fun!  If you’re in the NY area or know of someone who is, make sure to submit your name, email, kids name(s) and ages, to fabgabblog@gmail.com to be added to our invite list!  And watch out for our FB site to have additional details pre- and post event!

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We’re so excited to celebrate with you and hope to see you there!  Also, keep an eye out for our fab fourth photo shoot that I just styled which will show you a preview of what to expect at this patriotic NYC picnic.  Follow me @fabgabblog on IG!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My Toddler tea party

Thanks for reading!

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

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Juliet’s only request when asked what kind of party she wanted was that there should be pink, cupcakes and lollipops.  So with that simple request this year, I delayed her celebration a bit to the week before Easter to throw her a Hoppy bunny birthday which was perfect ‘cuz this 3 year old just LOVES to jump around these days!    And of course, I made sure to include pink, cupcakes and lollipops!

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The invites were customized on Paperless Post, my go to online invitation source for stylish evites.  I love how they let you customize everything from the backgrounds to the stamps and wording!

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I’m not a poet but I came up with this original invite wording for the occasion.  “Some bunny is turning 3, so hop on over to celebrate me, dress to impress for pics w/Easter bunny, what’ll you find in the egg hunt, money?  Sweet treats and bunny bites too, but it’s not a party without YOU! xoxo, Juliet”  I feel the invite is super important for setting the tone and getting guests excited for the event.  I hoped this floral invite not only hinted at the springy, Easter theme but got them anticipating the dressy egg hunt too.

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After having taken her Easter photos last year and having been challenged by my husband with the question of what I’m going to do with these print outs, I came up with the idea of putting them to use by displaying them at a future bunny themed birthday party! With that in mind, I immediately went shopping the day after Easter to snag all the party decor at 80-90%off.  (I have to work within a budget, ya know)!  From there, I scoured the web to find the perfect crafty, DIY, and fashion details buying everything at wholesale prices, and scoring amazing finds from the Target dollar bins.  After having waited months to see it all come together, you can imagine my excitement finally getting to set it all up!

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It was so exciting to finally have all the details out of my head start to come alive during setup.

easter party ideas, bunny birthday ideas, how to throw a kids party on a budgetIn any party space you may come across items that are not allowed to be removed.  Don’t fret.  Creatively cover them up!  There was a random framed photo of a strange man in this party space so I used wrapping paper to hide him and applied a cutout cardboard ‘3’ (also gift wrapped) and some wholesale bunny balloons.  The balloon arch was easy for me to make despite never having made one before – just used packing tape!

Here are my top 6 ideas for throwing a bunny or Easter themed party.

  1.  Get Pun-ny, Bunny.  For a kids party I say it’s OK to get a little cheesy with the puns.  Phrases like, “hoppy birthday,” “thanks for hopping on by,”  You’re Egg-stra special,”  We’re so egg-cited to see you soon,” are handy for invitations and thank you notes.  I also plastered such sayings onto the birthday banner, around the water bottles and Reeses Pieces bunny tubes (which I found at a local drug store for a little over a dollar each).  They have the same decorative effect as cake pops for a fraction of the price! IMG_6922 hoppy birthday, easter party, kids party ideas, kids party styling, yellow and white party2.  Post Easter or bunny themed photos of the guest of honor.  We all like to marvel how much kids have grown during a birthday party so why not post pictures within the party’s theme?  Last year for Juliet’s party animal themed party, I posted photos of Juliet holding various stuffed animals and labeled them each with a matching decorative title (‘lamb’, ‘puppy’ or whatever she was holding in the pic).  This year, I posted photos from her past Easter shoot, 1 year earlier. how to throw a bunny themed party3.  Bunny cut outs.  There are so many ways to incorporate a decorative bunny as part of the party’s decor.  I used enlarged bunny felts, bunny shaped-sandwiches, and bunny footprints leading up to the party’s entrance.  For more ideas, check out my Pinterest board!
  2. 1394.  Offer bunny – themed entertainment for the kids.  There was a coloring and sticker station, bunny book reading area, bunny game, a bunny and easter egg decorating area, bunny stuffed animals to play with and an Easter bunny to take pictures with at our party for instance.   All were toddler-friendly activities that parents could help out with or not! (Note how easily a borrowed Bugs Bunny costume can easily be converted into an Easter bunny with a simple felt add-on)?143how to throw an easter party for toddlers5.  Encourage Easter animal adoption!  A fun way for me to greet each guest at the door was to welcome them with the opportunity to adopt a pet of their choice.  Cabbage Patch Kid Style, they were given a certificate of adoption after getting to name their new pet.

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6.  Host an Easter egg hunt!  Juliet helped me fill a whopping 200 Easter eggs.  (Child labor laws don’t apply in my home)! And the kids really seemed to have fun with this.  I loved it as a parent because the public Easter egg hunts in NYC are always overcrowded which means long lines, toddlers getting trampled, and the big kids getting to the eggs before the little ones have a fair chance at finding them.  Our private rooftop park gave them the exclusive opportunity to enjoy a leisurely hunt (ehem during a light drizzly snow day the day before Spring)!

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The Easter eggs were filled with everything from egg-shaped chocolates to toys to coins and googly-eyed bunny stickers! tips for planning an easter party for toddlers

The lucky kids who found a golden egg or super-sized egg were prized with one of the bunny-shaped balloons to take home from the party!

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I think I smiled ear to ear the whole time being surrounded by all these cuties!

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kids easter party, kids bunny birthday, bunny birthday ideas I liken planning this party to giving birth.  It took 10 months of research, planning, buying, and preparing, and then intense laboring culminating in estatic celebration with post-op type recovery and bed rest in the end. Phew!  I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard on any one event, simply because I’m a one-mom production company. But come load-in and setup, I did have a little help from friends!  Thanks Roniescia, Janell, Stacie and even John and Juliet!  Subscribe to read on about my tips for setting up a stylish kids’ Easter table (not pictured here) and follow me @fabgabblog on Instagram and Twitter for all the preview pics and recap videos!  That’s a wrap folks!  ‘Til next year!!

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Please leave a comment and share what you liked most about this party so far and Happy Easter to you all!

Photos are a mix from Image Ready, Gotham Love and friends’.

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Before even having visited Disney World, (which Juliet had done 2 Decembers ago), she loved Mickey and his entire gang.  We have watched the show, played with the dolls, figurines, and Disney toys and have watched her growing up saying, “Oh toodles!” So when it came to celebrating her 3rd birthday at home with family, I decided to bring out all her Clubhouse characters and throw a Mickey Minnie 3rd birthday party.

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The oversized “3” was just some cut up cardboard that I covered in 75cent gift wrap paper from Michael’s. I simply glued the paper onto the 3.  And used the remaining paper as: backdrop, dining table runner and dessert table decor.  Mickey and Minnie love black and white stripes and polka dots and so do I!

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The dining room table was set with cheap paper plates, cups and straws from Target proving you don’t have to spend a lot to add a sophisticated level of decor to a kid’s party.  Just forgo the character plates and linens and opt for modern patterns and a coordinated look.  And much of this stuff was re-purposed party goods from past parties (i.e. the striped banner from my black and white party and halloween party, the mini party hats from our at-home new year’s bash).

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Each place setting was unique in its own way, yet coordinated still.

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And instead of traditional cone-shaped kids’ birthday hats, I opted for mickey ears and glitter top hats.  Even grandma got into it!

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The dinner menu consisted of breaded pork chops, roasted potatoes, panko crusted cauliflower, mixed vegetables, rice and these skewered fruit.  I considered making a Mickey themed menu and had a whole Pinterest board devoted to such ideas but in the end scrapped the idea in favor of foods that I knew the family would favor (over a hot-diggity dog bar for instance).

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At the last minute I was also able to have delivered these delectable Mickey mouse and Minnie mouse shaped cake pops from The Current Mood.  How cute are they??  I just stuck them into styrofoam rectangles. Easy peasy!

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My daughter loves cake and she loves lollipops.  These were the perfect mix!

minnie mouse cake pop(Notice her Minnie Mouse tights)?  I’m all about dressing in theme.

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For fun, I posted Mickey’s face on a bare wall and asked the kids to pin Mickey’s smile after being twirled around with a blindfold on. Juliet since she was just 3 was given the distinct advantage of not being blindfolded.  Birthday girls get all the perks after all!

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Even daddy got in on the action.

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Juliet loved opening all her presents and especially loved her new ride-on, an electronic white/black motorcycle – notice how its colors match the party decor?  Nice job, daddy!

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Other entertainment included Mickey / Minnie Mouse toys like the ones below.  “If fun and fashion are what you seek,” these toys would totally satisfy!

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What a joy it was planning this party!  Thanks for taking a peek inside our Mickey clubhouse!  Please leave a comment with what you liked most!  And special thanks to BSM Media & Disney for sending us the sponsored #disneyside party supplies seen here (Mickey pin the smile game, Mickey clubhouse character straw attachments for instance).

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Stay tuned for birthday party #2 with all her school friends!

 

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