Finding out whether your baby is a girl or a boy is one of life’s greatest surprises — and one of the longest waits, which can be problematic for those of us who need to know things now. (Um, not like we know anyone like that.) To make the most of the surprise, gender reveal parties have been upping the ante, getting bigger, messier, and more creative by the ultrasound. So we peeked around the web to share with you some of our very favorite ideas. (Ed Note: Yes, we know that technically they should be called “sex reveal parties.” Only the...Read More
If you’ve got a kid who’s into mysteries, detectives, and solving puzzles, you’re in for a real treat. We pulled together the most awesome list of Escape Room party ideas — from cool invitations and mind-boggling activities to rewarding treats. As you probably already know, actual Escape Rooms are popping up all over the country as popular party venues for older kids and adults. But if you’re not wanting to be locked in a room to crack codes and solve logic puzzles in order to be crowned victorious at the end of it all, you can easily find ways to pull off an Escape Room party right...Read More
15 Glitzy and glam 2017 New Year’s party printables, recipes + DIY decorations to help you kick 2016 out the door
While every year we put together our favorite New Year’s printables for those of you partying like it’s…well, the beginning of a new year, this New Year’s Eve feels a little different for a lot of us. Maybe you’re saying goodbye to a really tough 2016; maybe you’re throwing a glam, glitzy shindig as a brief respite before the reality of what may be a tough 2017 sets in. Or hey, maybe you’ve got a lot to celebrate in your own life. As I stare at my own personal fire hazard (A.K.A. the Christmas tree) and dread taking down the lights and ornaments...Read More
Those of you who are also fans of Cool Mom Eats (and hey, thank you!) know that I’m all about coming up with smart solutions to help busy parents with home cooked meals that still feed our families quickly and easily. Especially this time of year, when presumably most of us would rather spend our time hanging with the family, not stuck in the kitchen. Well, depending on the family of course. (Heh.) So we’re here to help with some smart kitchen shortcuts and easy holiday recipes that keep meals simple, speedy, healthy, and above all, totally delicious — thanks in part to our...Read More
There is never a bad time to throw a pirate themed party and look for cool pirate party ideas. Of course there’s always Halloween — and then today’s Talk Like a Pirate Day. (One of our favorites!) But it’s a cool birthday party theme all on its own, and it doesn’t even have to be all Pirates of the Carribbean themed either. So thanks to printable decor and activities, crafty DIY shortcuts, movies on demand, and clever but easy cupcake decorating ideas, it’s possible to pull together a cool pirate themed party (or pARRRty) for your kids and all their best mateys in just...Read More
Even though Finding Dory has only been out for a few weeks, she already has a ton of fans who are likely going to want her be the star of their birthday party (well, after the birthday child of course). So we’ve gone fishing for some of our favorite Finding Dory-inspired birthday party ideas from invitations, decor, food, and party favors. And we’ve even put them all in this one spot so you won’t forget anything, unlike you-know-who. Related: 10 cool summer party ideas for kids, and lots of inspiration to help you pull them off (Top image: The...Read More
With family picnics and outdoor parties on the horizon, I’m loving Jaq Jaq Bird’s Chalk Board Table Runner that gives kids — and adults, if we’re being honest — a creative canvas on which to doodle while they (cough) patiently wait for their food. It’s a much better way to keep kids occupied and in their seats than playing with their utensils. At 6-feet long, this portable table runner offers ample space for an entire group of kids to draw side-by-side. Or, hang it on a wall for some space-saving art opportunities. I even love that this table runner can be used to deliver...Read More
Choosing the coolest party supplies for your birthday is a time-honored tradition at our house, and this year I’m pretty sure the winner will be these adorable color your own paper cups from the Oh Happy Day party shop. These coloring cups are like a fun craft, party favor, and of course, drinking cup, all rolled into one. And definitely more fun than scribbling kids’ initials with Sharpies to cut back on those half-finished cups of lemonade. Related: Oh Happy Day party store: everything you need, except the cake. I think the cups make the perfect activity for those first 15 slow minutes of a kid’s...Read More
If it’s not clear, we all love parties around here. But planning and hosting them? Well, that can be a challenge, especially if you’re a busy parent. But fear not! We’ve put together a ton of ideas to help make parties even easier. In other words, we want you to enjoy the party too; not just be the hired hands toiling in the kitchen or pouring drinks the whole time. Whether you’re up for a backyard potluck, a Halloween party for the kids, birthdays of all kinds, and of course, holiday entertaining which is just around the corner, you’ve already got the excuses to throw...Read More
One of my favorite go-to blogs for design inspiration, whether it’s a fun kids’ bedroom, an unexpected party theme, or a cool DIY project is Oh Happy Day. Jordan’s impeccable taste and fun use of color just makes me, well, happy. And now that I’m hitting birthday party season in my family — we’ve got four in the next couple months, eep! — I’ll be shopping at her brand new Oh Happy Day party store online. It’s chock full of beautifully curated party supplies from around the world. You can find everything you need for your party here, well, except the cake. (Though we wouldn’t...Read More
Tips and tricks for throwing the best Oscar party, serving the best food and drinks, and making off with the Oscars pool.
Sunday night is Oscar Night! Or as so many of us think of it, Oscar party night. So I’ve scoured the web for some easy Oscars party tips and printables, because it’s the perfect excuse to get together with friends, dish on the dresses, talk through the technical categories, and tweet your favorite snarky comments. And of course, set up your Netflix and Amazon lists for the next few months. Because like so many parents, I’ve only seen a couple of the movies nominated. Except the animated category, of course. We’ve seen all those. Twice.. Related Post: Where to to see all...Read More
The best Thanksgiving wines for $20 or less, plus tips for picking your own holiday wine (no snobbery included).
You’ve planned and prepped for your Thanksgiving meal and then suddenly you remember: wine! (Or is that just me?) I generally drink wines I like, no matter what’s on the table–I’m easy that way. The Thanksgiving challenge is that there’s so much on the table, with so many bold, rich flavors, it’s hard to figure out how to pair wines with Thanksgiving dinner. However putting a little bit of thought into your Thanksgiving wines can help keep you from serving ones that clash with the many flavors of the day. Nothing too fancy, though; all of my Thanksgiving wine picks are $20...Read More
Let me first be totally upfront: The idea of setting a holiday table kind of terrifies me. I am not someone who can just effortlessly whip up an Elsa’s castle centerpiece made of handmade gingerbread, or pick up a calligraphy pen and go to town on place cards. I don’t even own fancy china or “holiday” dinnerware because we tend to have holiday dinners elsewhere. I quietly envy the spectacular holiday table settings and place card ideas on Pinterest, and repin them, but in my head I’m thinking, yeah, right. In other words, I’m not living the glorious home decor blogger dream. I’m...Read More
Web Coolness: Hilarious librarians, the kind of spam we like, and the hidden danger of trying to be a supermom.
Here’s our favorite links from what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Must see: the handmade items that fill Lucy Sparrow’s corner convenience shop. Huge congrats to our own Delilah Dawson! Reviews for hew new YA horror book, Servants of the Storm are great. Current obsession: Website that lets you turn any photo into a LEGO portrait. Is ballet a sport? Check out this video (and prepare to want to work out more.) [via DesignMom] Why every mom could use a little yoga in her life, from a surprising source. At least to us. The hidden danger of trying to...Read More
I’m okay with the fact that most holidays involve a lot of cooking, but a party on the 4th of July should be easy and laid-back, summer style. Put out some sparklers, throw food on the grill, make lemonade—and maybe a pitcher of one of these skinny summer cocktails—and throw together one of these festive red, white and blue recipes. Then sit back and watch the fireworks–and I don’t mean the explosions coming from your kids. Since I’ve already mentioned cocktails, why not start by serving up just one more. These Red, White, and Blue(berry) Margaritas from Gimme Some Oven look gorgeous and sound delicious....Read More
Cookie cutters have come a long way since I was a kid and we could choose between Jelly Jar and Lopsided Heart. Thanks to 3D printers, we can now have our cookies cut like charcuterie diagrams, our favorite literary characters, three-dimensional gems, or, well, basically anything your lopsided heart can hope for. Printmeneer is shop printing out 3D cookie cutters in the Netherlands. It grew from the shop owner’s frustration at not being able to find a miter cookie cutter for Dutch cookies to celebrate Sinterklaas at Christmas. Now thanks to the wonders of 3D printing technology and a little creativity, you can...Read More
I’m not one for dieting, but sweet summer cocktails can be surprisingly high in sugar and calories. It’s hard to resist the idea of skinny cocktails that are just as delicious as the original versions, only with a fraction of the calories–especially since it means I can have two for the price (so to speak) of one. Here are just a few that look like they might make my personal cocktail list for the summer when we’re entertaining, or just enjoying a little grownup time after the kids are in bed. The Skinny Honey Bee Martini (above) from Family Fresh Cooking...Read More
They say that to take care of anyone else, you first need to take care of yourself. This year I’ll prepare to show our planet Earth Day love by first showing myself some love with one (maybe two?) of these eco-cocktails made with organic liquor. Hey, we’ve gone organic with everything else, why not with our spirits, too? If you do imbibe, these happen to be delicious as well as a little better for the planet. For you pregnant ladies or non-drinkers, just stick with some of our favorite mocktail recipes. Serve in locally made glassware, wash with limited water...Read More
I have three just-a-wee-bit-obsessed Minecraft fans who would love nothing more than a Minecraft birthday party, to celebrate their big days surrounded by their favorite virtual world. Oh, you too? Then keep reading for some of my favorite Minecraft birthday party ideas that will have big impact–all without a week of prep, or a celebrity’s budget. We’re busy, you know? But we do have time for these. Minecraft Birthday Party Invitations I love the bold yet not-too-busy Printable Minecraft Birthday Invitation from From Me With Love Design. Just send in your party details and receive a digital download to...Read More
Ooh, do we have Alice in Wonderland tea party ideas for you. It’s such a wonderful theme, isn’t it? And when a superhero, Lego, or Star Wars birthday party isn’t quite right, it might be time to break out the tea set for a very merry unbirthday tea party. Or, if your curious one prefers, a Mad Hatter birthday tea party. Either way, it’s always tea time. Inspired by our sponsor, Bigelow Tea, a third generation family-owned business (so cool, we had no idea!), we’ve rounded up the best ideas, from simple recipes to free printables and fun decor, so...Read More