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Barbie is a classic toy that Juliet and I both love.  I get nostalgic just looking at anything Barbie so it was with great joy that we hosted this posh play date with a Barbie girl theme!  We blasted the music, “I’m a Barbie girl” and invited a friend to come over and party with us.  Both dressed perfectly in pink, giggled, sang along and danced to the music.

I’m a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world
Life in plastic, it’s fantastic
You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere
Imagination, life is your creation
Come on Barbie, let’s go party!
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The girls snacked on Barbie fruit-flavored gummies and took turns playing with each Barbie station that was laid out ahead of time.  barbie doll, barbie styling head, giant barbie
Thanks to Just Play Products who sent a dream package consisting of this giant Barbie doll and a Barbie styling bust, we had such an exciting time getting girly! 

Standing over two feet tall, (giant) Barbie became a beautiful centerpiece for this fabulous table. Barbie Fashion Friend Doll is articulated so you can move her in fun poses and she comes dressed in a trendy removable outfit complete with stylish peep-toe shoes and beautiful rooted eyelashes!  She also comes in Black and Asian ethnicities!

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The Barbie styling bust was my child-fantasy come true.  Hmph…I never did receive this item off my Christmas wish list…though I’m sure I was a good girl, (Santa)!!!  So it was with much gratefulness that I, I er …I mean Juliet unpackaged this gift.  I couldn’t believe how the styling heads of yester-years had advanced into the new year.  They now came with hands with which you could give manicures, hair that could flip and reveal a color change, and stencil or crimping sets for the hair!! How cool, right?

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Juliet is completely obsessed with hairs styling right now so she couldn’t get over all the amazing features.  The Barbie Flip & Reveal Deluxe Styling Head features color change magic! Besides the hidden surprise of the hair – flipping magic, you could add water to the nail and lip applicator to transform Barbie’s nails and lips to a beautiful shade of dark pink!  You can even use the included stencils to create fun colored designs with the chalk marker! Comb Barbie’s hair with the cute pink brush, or style and braid it into fabulous up-dos with the pink hair bands! Add a bit of flair to Barbie’s look with the bonus hair extension and decorate her nails with the tiny stickers!   And again, this Barbie styling head (unlike in years past), comes in different skin and hair colorings!  Gotta love that!!

 

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We had so much fun stylin’ with these classic dolls.  They encourage friendship, fashion and fun with their endless pretend play options. We love how Barbie has extended their offerings to include dolls of all races, shapes and sizes.  And we love how Barbie has so many career options and interests to explore nowadays!  She has become so much more than a fashionable friend!

Thank you to Just Play Products for gifting us with these products.  All opinions expressed are 100% our own.

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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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Teletubbies

Last March we were invited to an exclusive, Teletubby gala celebrating their 20th anniversary of the beloved Nick Jr. show.

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Kids and fans of all ages were treated to tattoos, face painting, bubbles, and coveted photo opps with all the favorite characters: Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po.  Juliet had a blast at this colorful extravaganza!

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We attended this party with fellow blogging buddies, Harper and Harlow from Gotham Love.17636919_10154456029733994_1625729632287313740_o

And we were very excited to take home a goody bag filled with Teletubby activities, a DVD and a plush doll which inspired us to host an impromptu Teletubby pajama party!  Some of Juliet’s school friends who live in the building came down for the festivities and started the night off with pizza and Teletubby coloring pages.

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Each of them got to pick out their own Teletubby band to wear and celebrate the 20th anniversary.DSC_1808

And together, they put the yay in Friyay!  After a round of couch jumping, they settled in for some popcorn and Teletubby TV.5.12

Afterwards, we played some toddler -friendly games and then Juliet offered to read them some bedtime stories.  5.12-001

It was an adorable PJ party that ended all too soon.  Thanks to Teletubbies for the fun time and for inspiring us to continue the celebrations at home!  You can check out Teletubbies on Nick Jr. weekdays at 9:47am.

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Dressing up is every girly girl’s favorite thing.  And Juliet has accumulated more than her fair share of accessories, and fashions through brands we’ve worked with, family and friends and heck who am I kidding, ME the fashion-obsessed mom.  With New York Fashion Week (NYFW) coming upon us, I thought it would be fun to host a NYFW-inspired posh play date, a dress-up party of sorts.  I know..by now you either think I’m crazy or the coolest mom EVA..I hope it’s the latter.

 

With many fashionable moms in my little black book, I knew I’d easily find fab moms who were more than game for the idea.  Turns out they were just as excited about the idea as I was 🙂 So we gathered one winter-y Friday evening, sipped our wine and marveled at our minifashionistas as they excitedly scanned the room filled with accessory stations ranging from hats, to tiaras, to headbands, to purses, to necklaces and to bracelets.

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They were so preoccupied accessorizing themselves, that we got to enjoy some awesome mommy time! Did I mention the wine??  ha

Thank you Imperial Toy for sending us these cute Honua bracelets to add to our collection!

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I was surprised to find how they created so many different looks and even had fun helping to style one another!

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Above photos from fellow blogging mom, Mary from Downtown Chic Moms

It was the cutest and sweetest thing ever.  I just love that I am a mommy of a girl and get to share such fun times doing such such girly things.  (have no clue WHAT I would have done with a boy!)

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There’s the Honua bracelets again – this time on Brinkley (far right) who creatively accessorized her buns!

I did also lay out fashion and dress-up themed puzzles, games, stickers and more available for the girls to play with but the actual accessories seemed to be the real thrill.

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To finish up the party, we held a runway finale where the girls surprised us with their NYFW – inspired catwalks.  How adorable were they?  And how hot was our momma model trainer?? RIGHT?!

To see more fun, fashionable posh play dates, click here and join us in the future at a Fab Kids ticketed special event simply by letting me know you want to be added to the list!  (name, email, age of child, name of child, your area in NYC).

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Thanks for reading!  We hope you are enjoying NYFW in your own special way!

 

 

 

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Gingerbread cookie making is one of our favorite holiday traditions.  I started it with Juliet when she was less than 2 years old and it has become something we look forward to each year.  The first year, I let her decorate a jumbo sized gingerbread man (found already baked at Whole Foods).

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The 2nd time in 2015, we hosted a plaid play date which you can see here where everyone decorated gingerbread men and got to enjoy some sponsored toys.

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Similar to last year, I hosted a “Cookies and Cuties” posh play date at our place and let our growing toddlers run wild with the gingerbread man decorating session.

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It was so much fun to see the kids interacting and talking so much more with one another this year.  Oh how they’ve grown!

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Juliet really loves her frosting!  She was a great help and loved adding the candy eyes, bows and sprinkles onto my cookies for me.

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I’m not sure who had more fun decorating – the kids or us moms.

DSC_6375 And of course there was play time!  We watched and marveled at how our little ones were so great at pretending they were little mommies themselves.DSC_6364

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These water babies are so great because they double as a bath toy.  Children can fill them up with water to weight them, making them feel even more life-like!  I love that they are sized so perfectly as to proportionately seem like they are newborns next to toddler mommies.

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The Dream To Be Water babies are so soft and cuddly, Juliet couldn’t help but sweetly rock hers and adore it while waiting for her friend to come over.

We thank Just Play for providing the adorable water babies and helping to make this play date possible!  Click here for more posh play dates!

 

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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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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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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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Hello Kitty brings smiles to everyone.  And Juliet happens to have been gifted a lot of Hello Kitty dolls, coloring books, stickers and play sets.  So when HP asked me to participate in their HP Social Media Snapshots Sampling program I jumped at the excuse to throw a Hello Kitty themed play date for Juliet and some of our closest girlfriends!  To really make the most of their latest HP Envy printer and new sticky back photo paper, I organized a styled photo shoot with my photographer friend Suzanne from Gotham Love (also mom of one of Juliet’s besties,  Harper (pictured on the right below).  Together, we were able to get some great shots and print outs to memorialize this fun time.

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I found all the soft, fuzzy Hello Kitty sweaters at H&M and had each momma style their child’s own look.  Aren’t they all just adorable?

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It was like Hello Kitty and Sanrio took over my living room and dining area!  Wouldn’t walking into this room make any girl giddy?

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SAMSUNG CSC I simply decorated with what we had:  tutus, banners and lanterns from the Target Oh Joy collection, Sanrio dolls and themed activities for the little girls.

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The glitter coloring book and polishes were a favorite for my daughter.

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And the Japanese treats and Hello Kitty themed desserts were a hit amongst all the sweet tooths.

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SAMSUNG CSC Juliet and I spent the afternoon baking these cupcakes together! SAMSUNG CSC Because I always like to try and add in an interactive game or ice breaker to my parties (see the princess themed truth game I created for my Princess in Training event here).  I created a short, Hello Kitty quiz and challenged the moms to compete for a Hello Kitty goody bag.

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Question 1)  Name as many Sanrio characters / Hello Kitty friends that you can

Question 2) List all the ways you can say ‘hello’ in as many languages as you can

Question 3)List as many kinds of cats as you can

One point was given for each answer and there was a mad (almost futile) rush to brainstorm answers with tired mommy’s brain.  I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at the thought that this might have been the most challenging mental excercise they’ve had all week haha

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Everyone also went home with a Hello Kitty treat bag a nerdy glasses necklace and print outs from the super fun Snapshots (found exclusively at Staples) “Small gift, big smile” after all is the Sanrio motto!

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These 4×5 inch photo sheets are like the modern-day Polaroid print out.   Print directly from your smartphone or tablet using photos from your camera or different social media sites and they’re ready to stick anywhere – in your scrapbook, on the wall, within a greeting card, within a locker, on a dorm room wall…the possibilities are endless.   The best part is that HP Social Media Snapshots won’t damage your walls and they’re reapplicable!

 myprintly social media snapshotsI’m definitely planning to incorporate these fun print outs to my future @fab_kids events and my daughter’s birthday next year!  It’s such a fun and easy way to create your own DIY photo booth!

Now through November 30th, HP Social Media Snapshots are Buy One Get One Free when you use the following link and click “redeem now.” bit.ly/snapshotsbogo

 

To see all the pictures from my other past special events, themed play dates and styled photo shoots check out the newly created photo share site! And like fab kids on Facebook and Instagram!

Finally, to see how easy it is to wirelessly print photos on an HP Envy 5660 printer like mine, see below.

Disclosure: This is a paid post. I received a HP Envy printer, ink, and Snapshots paper in exchange for writing this post and hosting this play date.   All opinions are 100% my own.

 

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I’m so grateful to have found moms to hang out with, share parenting stories with and just help pass the time. As any new mom can attest to, finding one that you genuinely like, and has kids that are similar in age that play well together AND that lives close by feels like finding a unicorn riding a bike. It’s easier finding your soul mate on match.com (see prior post here).

I like to be social so while being a stay at home mom, I stay active and in touch partly by planning play dates for my little one.  My most recent one was planned with one day in advance and themed around the new Play Doh set that my daughter just received. So I was psyched to have 4 moms and their toddlers over and happy to get creative with my dollar store gift wrap which matched perfectly with the Play Doh colors and toys.

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Plus the floral pattern and colors were just so fun and summer-y that I knew I wouldn’t mind having them up for a while.  My place is very neutral otherwise and this just adds a burst of color.  Using gift wrap for your dessert table backdrops and/or blank walls is such a fun, cheap way to change things up!  See my instagram account for pictures on this area decorated for fourth of July!

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Thanks to my hoarding ways when it comes to my party decor, I was able to re-use the Oh Joy for Target pieces that I first used during my new year’s party and toddler tea party. See hubby, I DO end up using all this stuff!

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And I had enough gift wrap and an extra Oh Joy for Target banner to cover the cake stands and even J’s playhouse door!

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It was so nice to catch up with the AC on, and have the kids play together without worry that they’d fall off some playground ledge or hurt themselves tumbling down some slide.   And luckily J was gracious with sharing her toys.

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I heart nerds.  Always have, always will.

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So when summer started coming to its close, I felt like Fab Kids should have one last hurrah in the park while the weather was still nice and so I decided to have a nerdy back-to-school-themed play date.

Even toddlers go to school. My daughter at 18 months old this fall was enrolled in music, school skills, ballet as well as art for instance.  So to get into the back to school spirit, I thought it would be fun to get some toddlers together to do a book exchange.  And as with all my themed play dates, the kids were asked to dress up in theme.

 

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Some inspiration shots were featured on the Facebook and Instagram accounts to get guests excited and thinking about what to wear.

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It was a fun mommy and me play date in the park.  I supplied the picnic blankets and organized the book exchange. Here are some of the kids checking each other out.  The one pictured on the left looks like she’s doing a little dance, doesn’t she?

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All kids were asked to bring a book to trade in.  And at arrival, each was given a number in exchange for their book.  So the first person to arrive had first choice of all the books and so on and so on..

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The play date was such a huge success that some might even call it a love fest.

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Like ‘ fab kids’ on FB to get all the updates on our future events!  They’re currently only in Manhattan but as we grow could easily expand into your city!

Stay tuned for more on the Haute Halloween costume party we just had!  See Instagram for all the costume party previews.

 

 

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