Category: Party Time!

Some of the best superhero party ideas on a budget

Whether you’ve got boys or girls, there are so many great superhero party ideas out there, especially considering it’s one of those party themes that remains popular every year. The great news is, you don’t need to spend a fortune to throw an awesome party for your kids. And that’s where our newest sponsor Sew Plain Jane comes in. Several years ago, we first discovered their amazingly affordable handmade superhero capes for kids a birthday party  ourselves, and couldn’t believe how adorable–and reasonably priced–they were. The capes, masks and accessories are even handmade in the USA by work-at-home-moms, which we love.   So if...

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Bring some glam to your Oscars party with these fun DIY ideas and printables

I just love a good awards show. The Grammys, Golden Globes, and the Tonys are great, but for me, the Oscars is the ultimate–Hollywood at its finest. If you enjoy celebrating the Academy Awards at home as much as I do, these easy DIY ideas will amp up your Oscar-watching party, and maybe even inspire us to switch up from the jeans and yoga pants on a Sunday night. (No need for professional makeup.) For updated 2015 Oscars printables and ideas, visit this post.    First impressions are crucial for any award-winning event. This gorgeous Oscars invitation from Paperless Post...

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Fun tooth fairy traditions to help celebrate a first lost tooth. (Sniff.)

If your child is about to lose a first tooth–or maybe getting ready to lose a second or third–there are so many wonderful tooth fairy traditions you can create besides the old tooth-for-cash swap. Some are old, some new, some crafty, some high tech.  So on behalf of our sponsor Wishingtooth, the first app that brings the lost legend of the Tooth Fairy to life, we’ve put together some of our favorite ways to celebrate a lost tooth and create more magic for a child around that very Big Kid milestone.   1. Write a Note to the Tooth...

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Happy Year of the Horse: How to celebrate Chinese New Year at home

Growing up as an Asian American kid, the Chinese New Year was a pretty big deal with my family. I admit that I’ve let that tradition go a bit as I’ve gotten older, but it’s so fun for kids to discover how to celebrate Chinese New Year at home, whether you’re of Asian heritage or not. Here is a ton of inspiration for ringing in the Year of the Horse with your own kids. GIFTS If someone you know is welcoming a Year of the Horse baby this year, Tree by Kerri Lee’s Chinese Zodiac Birth Year Boxes (pictured above) have...

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Easy, last-minute Golden Globes party ideas. It’s not too late!

I’ve been so busy getting my kids back into the school routine that I’d totally forgotten I need some Golden Globes party ideas! Like the whole world, I’m really excited to watch Amy and Tina. And I’m determined that it’s really not too late to make things more fun and festive—even if the only guests are me and my family. If you’ve got the award-show bug too, here’s how keep it fun and simple so you can enjoy seeing who wins. And what they’re wearing, of course. Online Invitations It’s not too late to invite a few close friends...

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Birthday parties every weekend? You’ll want to have these cards up your sleeve.

My daughter has been prancing around the house lately claiming she’s the Princess of Parties. She’s been invited to a bazillion birthday parties since school started and it’s clearly going to her head. I generally try to get my kids to make their own cards for their friends, but with all the parties, it’s a bit of a sweatshop around here. So the Princess of Parties and I are opting for some top-notch help.         The amazing greeting cards from Dear Hancock Paper Goods are fantastic to keep on hand. Each one is lovelier than the next. I swear,...

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10 birthday party craft ideas that can double as party favors

I’ve noticed a cool trend that has many parents eliminating the traditional end-of-birthday party goodie bag filled with cheap trinkets, and instead opting to have the kids craft something themselves that they can take home later. Smart, right? So if you also hate running to the dollar store for quick-to-break tchotchkes and cheap candy, here are 10 fun birthday party craft activities (beyond color-your-own placemats) that kids will enjoy long after the cake is gone. –Christina Partygoers of any age have fun decorating anything at all, like this cute wooden birdhouse craft for kids seen in Make it Do’s Woodland Party. Love how a...

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Fantastic felt party props for great photo booth opps.

There you are, planning a nice simple kid’s birthday party, and bam! Suddenly your best laid plans to keep everything simple go haywire and you’ve reached wedding planning levels of crazy. Gearing up for my 4-year-old’s birthday party this year, I was determined to keep things as handmade and low(ish) budget as possible. After a bit of Internet hunting I found a fun party helper that will definitely add to the festivities–and the photos–with a minimum of fuss.  We settled on a Scooby Doo theme–my kid’s major obsession. While searching Etsy for Scooby artifacts, I discovered these cool handmade felt...

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A Muppets birthday party with vintage cool

Back when my daughter was a toddler, the only show she’d watch was the Muppets Show. Let’s just say Kermit and Miss Piggy got me many a quiet shower, and to them, I’m mighty grateful. These days, there’s no shortage of awesome Muppets paraphenalia, like Muppets artwork, cool t-shirts, even iPhone cases. If only I had this fun birthday party decor back when she was little and begging me for a Muppets party. We’ve been long time fans of the Mary Had a Little Party shop on Etsy, and now, our love has grown even stronger thanks to the...

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Happy Birthday! Six perfect party tunes from our fave kindie artists

Sure, we all know what song to sing when the cake comes out, but the day becomes even more special when the music cranking at the party is all about your birthday girl or boy. And, when some of our favorite kindie artists get together to make an entire EP of birthday music? Well, that’s definitely something to celebrate. Four of our favorite kids’ bands from the Pacific Northwest, Recess Monkey, The Not-Its, The Harmonica Pocket and Johnny Bregar, recently collaborated on a unique (and totally original) collection of birthday songs for kids. The result is Kindiependent’s The Happy Birthday...

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How to throw a camp-themed party. (Cheaper than buying all those uniforms)

Sometimes kids with summer birthdays (ahem–mine) feel a little ripped off because their friends are out of town. I love the idea of a summer camp themed party right in your own local park or backyard. It’s a great way to make the party special, even with a smaller group. Here are lots of fun ideas to help.   Camp Party Themed Invitations and Printables This birthday camp invitation printable (above) at Etsy’s Cyan and Sepia is just so fun. They’ll customize all the information for you on the gorgeous vintage design, then you just print and send. ($18 including customization)...

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Tattly tattoos just got 100% cooler. Because they’re 50% off.

We can hardly believe it’s been two years since we first told you about the launch of the hippest, best-looking temporary tattoos ever made. And we’ve got the zillion photos of our kids covered in them to prove it. Well in honor of their second birthday they’re having a huge limited time sale and we have the scoop!   Starting…now (seriously, you heard it here first) you can get 50% off anything in the Tattly tattoo shop. If you need classroom or camp party treats when cupcakes aren’t allowed, goodie bag favors, or just a fun treat for your...

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Stars, not so many stripes — tasteful hostess gifts made for July 4 weekend.

Should you be lucky enough to score a Fourth of July party invite somewhere in the vicinity of fireworks–or better yet, a whole weekend at a beach house (can you tell I’m dreaming of this?)–we’ve got a host of star-themed hostess gifts that are perfect. A little different. And definitely not cheesy. That smell? That’s a blend of good etiquette and freedom, baby. –Liz Star Tea Towel Set by Anna Joyce Stars and dots are just a little more original and practical than stars and stripes, aren’t they? ($28, BRIKA) Custom Constellation Spoon This may be one the coolest...

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Kids’ superhero party ideas: the ultimate roundup of invitations, decor, printables and favors

Boy or girl, a superhero party remains one of those party themes that never goes out of style. Don’t feel you have to stick with the licensed character stuff in the big party stores–there are so many cool superhero printables and decor out there that let your kid be their own superhero. Here I rounded up some of my very favorite options from Etsy artists and smaller designers, all of them pretty amazing looking and best of all, easy. In other words, don’t expect to see any of those insane, ready-for-television 16-layer cakes here. I’m a mom, not a...

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How to throw the best Star Wars party. Or: Plan a Star Wars party, you will

It’s May the Fourth, Star Wars fans. Get it? May the Fourth…be with you. So party hard, we must with these recommendations for the coolest items and tips for throwing a great Star Wars themed party for the kids. Or…not the kids? One of the great things about Star Wars is that all ages can enjoy it, especially as relates to parties. For example, even the tiniest padawans can enjoy these Star Wars party kawaii cupcake toppers from Party Paper Parade on Etsy without any of the scary rancors or the Emperor’s creepy, veiny face.   Before descending on a...

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Delightful decor for your Easter Sunday party

Let’s talk party decor! Though I don’t plan to decorate every inch of my house, I do like to have a few festive things on hand for Easter Sunday. With that, here are some of my latest favorite ideas for that big Easter party–plenty of them free downloads. –Christina   Paper Coterie’s free printable Easter Banner can be printed on plain white cardstock, cut out, and hung wherever you want an Easter message. With so many colors, it’ll go with just about any color scheme…or will add a pop of color if you’re one of those brave minimalist homes...

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Reusable garlands for party perfection

This seems to be the month for tracking down cool, eco-friendly reusable party supplies and this gorgeous new find from an artist I’ve admired for ages is no exception. I am just so taken with everything at Frazier and Wing, from mobiles to original decor incorporating tree branches; and their new reusable paper garlands are no exception. Stunningly crafted from gorgeous papers with the eyes and skills of an artist, not a crafter, they make the most lovely nursery decor when you need a pop of texture or color–or of course bring it out for your parties and special...

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas: Cute gifts for cute kids

We’re excited to present our first gift guide series of Valentine’s Day gift ideas, with lots of goodies for all the loves of your life, starting with gift ideas for kids. It’s brought to you by The U.S. Postal Service’s new limited-edition Sealed With Love Stamp–because what’s Valentine’s Day without Valentine’s cards in the mail? Especially one sealed with a beautiful stamp that makes it a treat before you even open it.  (Seriously, we’re in love with this stamp!) Whether for your own kiddo, grandchild, a favorite niece, nephew or godchild, here are more than two dozen ideas for children...

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Throw an awesome birthday party for kids without a lick of planning

I’m all about at-home birthday parties for kids. Which is not to say that they don’t stress me out, because they totally stress me out. But the idea is so appealing and old-fashioned, isn’t it? You know, if someone else would do all the planning and purchasing of said old-fashioned, appealing idea. Well, that’s where this marvelous new service steps in. Parties By Alex is a lovely, homegrown business from mom Alexandra McGee and dad Tony Gentile, who were inspired to start the biz after planning a party for their son quickly became a major (and expensive!) hassle. McGee and Gentile...

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New! The perfect party decor kits from Minted.com. Now your parties can look like Those Parties without much effort at all.

We’ve loved the beautiful cards and invitations from Minted.com ever since we discovered them on day one, so it makes perfect, brilliant sense that they’d evolve from cards and invitations, and launch a gorgeous new Party Decor line. Hooray! Plus, like all their items, these are also sourced from talented indie designers, many of them moms themselves. Back as one of our favorite sponsors (yay!) we love that we have the opportunity to pick some of our very favorite party themes and designs from the new Minted Party Decor line. They’re perfect for busy parents like us who are...

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A giant gumball machine filled with cupcakes? Oh lord, yes

We’ve seen gumball machines. We’ve seen the ones that give out terrible lead-paint drenched toys, tattoos and decoder rings. But finally there’s one that tops them all: A cupcake machine for your next party. Whoa. CMP and all-around New York City favorite Baked By Melissa, makers of those irresistible bite-sized cupcakes, took Fashion Week as an opportunity to roll out a 6.5-foot tall cupcake pod machine. Drop in a token, and one of 2,000 delicious, fresh cupcake will roll out, sealed in a little plastic pod. You never know which of the inventive flavors you’ll get, which is a...

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How do you put together a great kids’ birthday party without a design degree and 600 hours of free time?

I confess: I have a love-hate relationship with planning birthday parties for my kids. While picking a theme can be fun, I also find it a little exhausting to sift through website after website looking for cool activities for a superhero party or the perfect decorations for a tween girl’s sleepover bash. So I’m celebrating my latest find: an online shop with soup-to-nuts party plans that will help anyone create a snazzy (but wallet-friendly) kid party sure to impress. One Charming Party offers nine different party themes, ranging from a baking party for older kids to a superhero party or...

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Ralph Lauren Girls fall and holiday collection: gorgeous stuff

Last week, I was so thrilled to be invited to attend the fashion show for the Ralph Lauren Fall and Holiday Girls collection. I have to admit, I was surprised at how wearable and funky a lot of the fashions were, as opposed to the serious, preppy, classic equestrian look you might expect. In fact my own daughters were pointing at the things they liked–all while I kept reminding them we weren’t shopping, we were reporting. Here are some of the more wearable looks and trends that I really loved, along with some budget tips to help you get...

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Twas the night before your birthday…

I am a big fan of family traditions. And one of the best parts of having a family of my own is that we can create our own traditions. Whether schlepping to Aunt Stacy’s every Thanksgiving for her perfect roasted turkey or watching the NYC July 4th fireworks from our backyard every year, they belong to us and make up a big part of our family identity. So with our daughter’s birthday last week we were super excited to start a brand new tradition of Birthday Eve. We introduced this custom with the wonderful poem and picture book The...

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A unique party favor for a forest of one’s own – The terrarium kit

The start of the school year means once again, the hunt for creative party favors and teacher gifts begins. Well we’ve brought you cookies in a jar, dreidels in a jar, and pickles in a jar. Now we’ve got a forest in a jar– made by your very own kid. The Terrarium Kit from the Acme Party Box company is a sweet way to bring the outside in. The kid includes everything you need to make one sweet little terrarium– except the soil and plants, although they include a guide with helpful suggestions so you don’t end up with...

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4 of the coolest superhero invitations for your little dreamer

I’m a big fan of superheroes, and therefore, cool superhero invitations. I’m pretty sure your kids are too. I love seeing my kids practice being good people while pretending to be courageous, powerful and strong. I mean, sure, sometimes they also pretend that they can fly from the couch to the side chairs (“nooooooo!”) but as long as the kids don’t try to defy gravity, superhero play is A-OK at our house.  Know what else I’m a fan of? The pop graphics that superheroes like to wrap themselves in. The bright colors, bold words and multiple exclamation marks are...

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Throwing an Olympics Party? Some of the coolest printables, snacks, and party ideas

With so many of us on the verge of Olympics fever, a Summer Olympics party is such a great way to get older kids into the spirit of the games. Whether you’re just trying to make the opening ceremonies more exciting on Friday, or throw a full out theme party for a sports-minded kid, we’ve found sound fabulous ideas and resources on the web to make yours awesome. There’s no way most of us would ever go to the remarkable detail that we found on the Olympics party ideas at A Small Snippet (we bow to her!) but you...

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Gift wrapping made easy (and pretty!)

Have you ever been to a white elephant gift exchange? Then you know how everyone goes for the box with the prettiest bow, even though we all know that’s the one that has the stale apple and branded notepad in it. That’s because presentation counts when it comes to gifts — pretty packages are irresistible. They make the recipient feel special, which is the whole point of gift giving, if you think about it. But there’s nothing worse than running out to buy a gift, and then having to run out, again, to pay for overpriced gift wrap and...

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Birthday party ideas for a 4 year old with a garden theme? Reader Q&A

I am planning a garden-themed 4th birthday party for my daughter in a few weeks. I need some creative inspiration! So far, we’re going to have the kids each plant something in a pot to take home .. And that’s all. I need ideas for other things – decor, food, goody bags – that will play up the theme, but not in a cheesy/over the top/super expensive way. Help? -Cheers & thanks, Jen H. Wow what a fun theme for a kid’s birthday, especially in the summer. Here are some ideas for your daughter’s party. Hope they help!  ...

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Last minute 4th of July picks that sparkle

Oh say can you see… how awesome your 4th of July party or barbecue is going to be? Whether you need a last minute nosh or pretty party printables, we’ve got you covered like strawberries on a flag cake. 1. Need to keep your little patriots busy? Check out  this round-up of DIY 4th of July crafts and projects for the family. 2. We salute these easy (and gorgeous!) 4th of July recipes with creative takes on the red, white, and blue. 3. Need some sweet signage or pretty picks for your patriotic party? You’ll get a lot of bang for...

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