“Give Back” Birthday Party Craft Activity

"Give Back" Birthday Party Craft ProjectToday's mom's have little trouble creating beautiful and festive children's birthday party celebrations but sometimes between our own crazy busy schedules and the quest to throw the this year's most talked about event, we forget to add the little things that make the day especially meaningful.  We think it is important for kids to know how much we love them but equally important for them to understand they are not the center of the universe.  Kids need to learn and develop  a healthy sense of self which includes compassion and caring of others.  What better day to teach this lesson than on the very day they are lavished with gifts.  Teach by example – integrate a “Give back” craft activity into your child's birthday party in addition the the usual birthday fun and party games.  This “Give Back” craft activity would also be a wonderful addition to any classroom holiday party and could even be incorporated into a baby shower.

Our favorite “Give Back” birthday party activity is making easy no sew fleece blankets for local children or seniors in need.  This activity is super simple, appropriate for all ages and sexes and can seamlessly (yes, pun intended) fit into most party themes.   Basically if you can use a scissors and tie a knot you can make this blanket.  All you need is cute fleece fabric, scissors, and a ruler or tape measure. Depending on the age of the children involved you may want to pre-cut 6″ (or 4″) square cut out from each corner.

What to buyThemed Fleece

For a larger adult size blanket use 2 yards of each fabric.   And we think for small children and toddlers you can get away with using even less fabric especially if the blanket is meant more for “shlepping” around as a security blanket rather than for warmth.

We must admit, fleece can be rather pricey, often running between $11 and $15 per yard.  That is why September is a a perfect time to buy fleece.  Both Hancock Fabrics and Joann are a offering select fleece on sale at up to 70% off!!!  Plus we just checked Amazon and their fleece fabric definitely seems more reasonably priced, especially for a craft project.

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Venetian Mask Halloween Costume – Unique & Elegant!

Venetian Mask Halloween Costume - Unique & Elegant!Every once in a while I come across a picture or a photo that inspires me.  This one popped up on my Facebook feed.  Admittedly, I am extremely biased but my niece's gorgeous piercing blue eyes staring out from behind that incredible  Venetian blue and gold mask made me wonder if this Halloween rather than donning the usual scary costume or sexy fantasy costume we might consider  more refined, almost elegant Halloween attire.  I must admit, after my truly scary Halloween experience being stalked by a crazy dressed  in a Clockwork Orange costume, I get a bit freaked out by Halloween.  Sometimes I believe Halloween is used as an excuse for people to “try on” behaviors and personae that are unacceptable in every day life.   But I digress.

Light Blue Venetian Mask

The point of this post is to suggest switching it up this Halloween – rather than spend a fortune on a one wear costume, raid your closet or better yet buy yourself that long coveted cocktail dress you can wear again and again and add a stunning  Venetian mask. You can even create a couples Venetian mask that is both easy and fabulous or join forces with your girlfriends and together make a jaw dropping entrance.  (This would make a great teen costume too especially if all of your friends wore different but coordinating masks!!) Elegance is forever chic and  always sexy!

For more costume ideas check out HalloweenCostumes.com

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Printable Mustache Bash Game

Printable Mustache Bash Game

Printable Mustache Bash Game

OMG – Look what we found!  

A printable mustache bash game from Funsational that goes perfectly with our Mustache Bash party package and is especially good if you are hosting a boy baby shower.  We are stoked. (So sorry – we just double checked and this game is no longer available  Turns out Funsational, our favorite printable games merchant, closed her shop this year so this game is no longer available but it might be worth trying to print it directly from the above image.  It probably will not come out as clear as we might like but it may just be “good enough”.)

As you well know, we never give up some searched and searched for alternative and have found a handful of other adorable mustache bash games now available on Etsy.  Enjoy! Continue Reading →

Little Giraffe Baby Shower Gifts

Little Giraffe Baby Shower Gifts

Anyone who has ever shopped for baby shower and new baby gifts knows that the choices are infinitesimal.  Each outfit is cuter than the next.  Each stuffed animal is imagined in small hugging arms.  But every once in a while a company or product comes along that not only elicits oohs and aahs but truly stands out from the rest.  For us,  Little Giraffe  is that company with those products.  It offers the most luxurious baby blankets, crib bedding sets, and more. Their soft security blankets and hooded towels make great baby shower gifts and are a particular favorite of  celebrity moms including Angelina Jolie, Katie Holmes, Nicole Richie, and Gwen Stefani.  All items are machine washable and made in the USA.  So stock up on baby shower gifts or find a special something for your own little bundle.  –  Enjoy!

 

Little Girafee Security Blanket      Little Giraffe Hooded Towel      Little Giraffe Pillows
Update!  The latest in the Little Giraffe line up, Bella feels more like a cloud than a fabric with a fluffier texture than classic chenille. Its palette of gentle muted color options soothes sophisticated tastes trimmed in smooth satin or a gorgeous brocade print. Count mom among its most loyal fans as Bella remains soft and cozy with machine washing.  Best of all, little Giraffe's highly acclaimed hooded towels are now available for your “little giraffe” with a softer, quieter personality (the Fernando of giraffes 🙂 ).
Little Giraffe Bella Hooded Towel      Little Giraffe Bella Brocade Hooded Towel

 

Not quite Little Giraffe (the company) but definitely for your own little giraffe

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One King’s Lane Labor Day Sales

Like most of you, we are inundated with daily, sometimes twice and thrice daily, emails from all the new discount designer sites.  We trash almost all of them except for those from One Kings Lane.  Not only do we almost always love One Kings Lane products, they offer a diverse selection of competing genres that inspire us and spur our own creativity.

Even as summer comes to an end the deals at One Kings Lane keep on coming! It is not too late to shop the One Kings Lane Labor Day Blowout sale to stock up on beautiful new items for your home. Check out the great deals on everything you need to spruce up your home for the fall and get a jump start on planning for your Halloween, Thanksgiving and even Christmas and Chanukah parties! New customers can  sign up today for a $15 credit for purchases of $30 or more.

 

Here are a few of our favorites that are somehow still available at amazing prices!

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Zebra Theme Party Planning, Ideas, & Supplies

Zebra Theme Party Planning, Ideas, & Supplies

Finally — we have put together a party package devoted exclusively to zebra prints!  Check it out here:

Zebra Theme Party Planning, Ideas, & Supplies

Come on ladies, get your wild on!  This zebra theme party package features the best of the best in zebra theme party planning, ideas, and supplies.  PartyIdeaPros.com will walk you through every step of your event planning from choosing your zebra theme invitations, zebra party decor, and zebra party favors to making sure the night lasts a lifetime.  This is a chic and fun theme for birthday parties of all ages including quinceanera, sweet sixteen, Bat Mitzvah, and 21st birthday celebrations.  Also think zebra as you are planning your bridal shower and bachelorette party, baby showers, any ladies night out celebration, and even your retirement party.  It is definitely time to party hearty!

 

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