Tag: birthday parties

Food themed birthday parties for kids. AKA No dessert until you finish your milk and cookies.

If you need a break from superheroes and princesses, I’ve got a fabulous kids birthday party idea, and it’s so easy: Food themed birthday parties. Move over tea parties, we’ve got three new themes worth checking out. Milk & Cookies FestThis inspiration board by Kara’s Party Ideas is the place to start if you want to celebrate your cookie monster with a milk and cookies-themed birthday party. You’ll also find fab party ideas on Tea and Lime, including a custom color palette. And I love this vintage take on a milk and cookies theme, complete with printables by custom designers (and...

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6 special ways to celebrate grandma and grandpa birthdays

We’re honored to be working with our sponsor the American Cancer Society, who’s doing such good work in ensuring that all of us continue to have many more birthdays. My mom hit the big 60 birthday milestone last year (don’t kill me for writing that, mom!) and while I did something pretty huge for her 50th, I feel a little guilty that with work schedules and new babies I wasn’t able to give her a proper celebration. After losing my dad to cancer way too early, I’ve been more cognizant than ever of making each and every birthday more...

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5 ideas for birthday parties that give back

We are honored to once again be working with our sponsor, the American Cancer Society, on their More Birthdays campaign since if we could make one really big wish, it’d that cancer never steals someone from us again. But wishes alone will not cure cancer, so we think one wonderful way to help fight for more birthdays is to find ways to give back with our family’s own birthday parties. Here, five ideas we’re really digging. 1. Ask for donations instead of giftsIf your kids are already swimming in toys, let party-goers know that in lieu of gifts, you...

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A birthday banner that’s quite a hoot

We were so impressed with the gorgeous eco-friendly holiday cards from Night Owl Paper Goods last year that we ordered them for our own CMP contributors. So when I heard they added a few new items to their collection of goodies, I couldn’t wait to take a peek. And wow, look what I found! The Owl Birthday Banner is the perfect solution for moms like me who don’t want more one-off party decorations that only end up in the trash after the celebration is over. With this adorable birthday banner, you’ll get 14 colorfully printed pennants made from eco-friendly,...

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5 picks you might have missed

It’s still dark outside. You clutch your coffee and yawn. Here comes the bus. Grab your bag and hop on. Next stop? Coolville. But not for your kids: For you. We’ve been collecting all the coolest gifts, best deals, and most helpful gadgets, just for you. In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite cool picks from the last week.  1. Want to wow a new mom with a gift that knows what her baby needs right then? Try this amazing new gift subscription that times things right, and then sends them right to her door....

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First birthday gift ideas? Reader Q&A

It’s time for first birthdays! I have two parties coming up; one boy and one girl. Then my own baby girl will celebrate her first this fall. So what are some gift recommendations for this new stage of development? -Elaine Yay for first birthdays! Time for walking, talking, eating and basically getting into everything with even more vigor than a ten-month old.  Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for that very special milestone. –Christina Books are my #1 favorite gift for kids of any age, though I think they look especially adorable stacked up in P’Kolino’s Book...

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Planning the perfect Harry Potter Party

When my newly minted 7-year old daughter asked me to throw her a Harry Potter birthday party with only two weeks to plan, I said “absolutely!” And then ran straight to my computer to try to figure out how the heck to pull this off for about eight little girls ranging in age from four to seven. Well thanks to the Internet, a little creativity on my own part (pat pat), and perhaps a bit of magic, the party went off without a hitch. If you’re planning a party to celebrate the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part...

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10 year old birthday party ideas – Reader Q&A

I need ideas for my daughter’s 10th birthday..something original and wow. She’s a girly girl, loves to sing, very creative, honor student, responsible and loving. Over the years, we’ve done the bead parties, craft parties, clowns, art parties and dance parties. Now what! -Dania Hi Dania, I have a 10 year old daughter who loves at-home birthday parties, so I have some ideas that I think she’ll like, that won’t cost you a million dollars or make you install a carousel in your backyard. -Christina Luau A Luau theme is perfect for summer when the weather feels tropical already. If your guests...

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Easy lies the head that wears a birthday crown

A few years ago I got really ambitious and made birthday crowns for my two children. Flash forward a bit and I’ve now got a third child and still only two birthday crowns. Any guesses where this is going? Yeah. I’m kind of thinking these pretty, personalized felt crowns over at Chloe in Style would be a perfect stand-in for that last crown. Pretty, 100% wool felt crowns feature hand-stiching and personalization options that include either an initial or an age. I prefer the ones with initials to the ones with ages, simply because they can be used for...

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Web Coolness – Kids parties, guilt free baby essentials, and breast milk ice cream. Yep.

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Gorgeous circus themed kids birthday ideas at the Hello Lucky blog (via Hip Hip Hooray) It’s Guilt-Free Week at Momformation, and Kristen offers up 5 guilt-free baby essential purchases (Hint: No wipes warmers) and 3 ways to avoid baby book guilt. So smart. We’re loving the Canadian design and baby blog Mon Petit Amour. The yellow and grey children’s room spotted at Simply Grove is sophisticated and still playful. Want! A lovely tutorial for a DIY watercolor calendar at Design Mom. More DIY...

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Birthday Goody Bag Giveaway – Day 4 (This just keeps getting better!)

We weren’t kidding when we said we had a week’s worth of awesome birthday giveaways to celebrate Cool Mom Picks’ fifth birthday. It’s been so fun for all of us to read all your comments and suggestions in your entries and get to know you all a little better through them. How cool and different you all are!  Meanwhile, may we offer up another goody bag or five? Why, yes we may! Today, we’ve got five super versatile Bento ultimate diaper bags (love!) from perennial fave skip*hop, and we’ve got each one filled with 1. Reader’s choice of one...

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Birthday Goody Bag Giveaway – Day 3 (Wheee!)

We hope you’ve been having as much fun with our fifth birthday week celebration as we have. And it’s still going. How fun are these goody bags, mamas? (Answer: Very fun!) Today we’ve got five of the wildly popular Go GAGA Messenger bags to give away. These adorable and ergonomic bags are awesome because dads can use them too. They’re also awesome because for five winners, they’ll come filled with: 1.A  $50 gift certificate towards the uber hip boys and girls clothing at red21boys.com2. A pair of Stride Rite Slingshot shoes for big kids–your choice of girls or boys.3....

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Birthday Goody Bag Giveaway – Day 2

The fun continues in our big fifth birthday week celebration! It’s like the birthday gift that keeps on giving. To you. How fun! Today we’re giving away five more goodie bags, packed with some of our faves. Starting with a super swanky, celeb-favorite Timi & Leslie bag filled with: 1. A beautiful PAIGELAUREN Baby newborn set featuring a baby hat and sac2. A muslin swaddler set from well-loved aden + anais3. A $50 gift certificate towards the wonderful Heart & Stone Jewelry4. Baby Face nesting blocks from Chronicle Books TO ENTER: Leave us a comment here with *the link...

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Happy 5th Birthday, Cool Mom Picks! (And prizes!)

KRISTEN: Back in early 2006, a few months after I started blogging, I thought it might be fun to start another blog that highlighted the cool, handmade goodies I found so many online moms making and selling to help keep their households afloat. It’ll be cheeky! And fun to read! And it’ll save moms time! And it’s called ‘Cool Mom Sh*t, I said in an email to a few of my newfound online friends and writers I admired. Liz emailed me back with a few ideas for the blog and asked if I wanted a partner. Then she told...

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Celebrity style loot bags, without the celebrity-only prices

I love throwing birthday parties for my kids. Love it. But I’m a bit of an over-achiever when it comes to loot bags, generally insisting that there should be something handmade -or at least really, really cool- inside. And that means I spend precious hours (that I don’t really have available) making something or hunting for it. Not this year. Thank goodness my kids decided to hold off on winter birthday parties in favor of spring because I just discovered the best loot bag item around. CMP fave, Mabel’s Labels has a great new Loot Bag Combo that’s going...

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A kids’ party that gives books back. (Plus: cookies!)

Despite light-up toys, dolls that talk, and, um, iPads, at the end of the day, nothing holds a candle — or backlit touchpad screen — to a good kids’ book. It’s a lesson my 3.5 year-old daughter has already learned, and I’m sure your kids are totally on board with that message, too. So imagine the joy of this: a big party featuring storytime, glasses of milk and plates of cookies, and — coolest of all — helping get good books into the hands of kids who don’t have any. Milk + Bookies is a neat charitable organization that facilitates...

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A custom storybook invitation for a fairytale of a party

Hey you, Famous Mom. Yes you, the one who held the kiddo’s first birthday party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, hired Martha Stewart to make your cakes, and asked the Jonas Brothers to stop by to sing Happy Birthday. What are you going to do for your encore? One idea: start with the custom storybook invitations from Egba originals. In the past, Cool Mom Picks has adored clever invitations from Egba like their Partyblocks and Custom Comic Book Invitations, and now, they’re taking it to the next level with something actually kind of sweet. Custom Storybook Invitations are exactly...

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Cupcake kits that turn ho-hum cupcakes into a party

The UK’s Meri Meri has put together these smart Cupcake Kits and my party-throwing life just got a little easier. With 24 colorful cupcake wrappers and assorted toppers, the designs are way cuter than the plastic licensed character stuff I see everywhere.  I think every party theme I’ve ever used for my three kids is reflected in the dozens of styles available. Along with the super-cute Space Cadets kit shown above, check out the cat lovers’ Meow cupcake kit, and the thank-goodness-I-have-girls Fairy Magic cupcake kit whose fairies have real fabric skirts. While these paper designs may not make it past...

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Party like it’s 1959

I think I’ve discovered party favor central. And much to my delight, it’s not in a mall or a half-abandoned shopping center, which is where those party favor stores seem to be in New York. In fact, this little party supply shop is not even in New York. It’s in Wisconsin. But you can reach it through Etsy. Hey Yoyo definitely has a nostalgia/vintage-y vibe going, so if you’ve got your heart set on Thomas the Train plates and Big Bird cups for your kid’s birthday party, this ain’t it. However if you’re looking for a mid-century inspired 3-D...

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Little blog of big party dreams

My daughter’s fourth birthday is coming up, and I spend a good bit of time daydreaming of mastering fondant, hand calligraphing creamy envelopes, and crafting a birthday banner in lovely watercolor washes over newspaper. Ha freakin’ ha. Instead, we’re booked for the local germ-encrusted bounce house, where pizza is the only option and invitations come pre-printed with stock photos. Her idea. And so my inner Martha Stewart dies a little more. But if I could make my own party vision into a website, I’ve found exactly what it would look like. The site scissors.paper.cake is a collaboration by paper...

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