Celebrate Earth Day: 3 Green Tips from the Lorax!

By PBK Editors

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Today’s a very special day
to celebrate the Earth and say,
“Thank you for the trees, and the sea, and the air,
we’d like to show you how much we care!”
So we’re sharing some tips from Dr. Seuss
for you and your family to put to good use.

This first one is great when you need extra space
for shopping, or traveling all over the place!

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Energy isn’t in endless supply,
so conserve when you can and we’ll never run dry.

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Lastly remember to clean up around you
and do your part daily because now you know how to!

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Happy Earth Day from your friends at Pottery Barn Kids and Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax! Shop our earth-friendly products on potterybarnkids.com for organic bedding, toys and eco-friendly essentials.

Inside Our “A Walk in the Wildflowers” Tea Party

By Megan Bailey

Written by Megan Bailey of Sweet Little Peanut for Building Blocks.

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The inspiration for this wildflower tea party began when I saw the darling Lavender Elephant Tea Set from Pottery Barn Kids. I knew I wanted to create a rustic chic girl’s party based on this piece – and the ideas started flowing instantly!

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I loved the idea of playing off the cute elephant teapot, so I created a similar icon that we used throughout the party’s design elements, combined with shades of lavender. I also wanted to play up the backyard garden idea because it’s the perfect setting for a spring or summer party. We brought in a Bohemian feel in a subtle way with fresh flowers, feathers, leather, burlap, plus a fun guide for making floral crowns for the little party guests!

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Once we had the theme and color palette set, it was easy to create fun recipes that would fit the look and style of this tea party. We came up with a dessert table filled with lavender cake pops, cupcakes, French macarons, elephant-shaped sugar cookies, homemade flower-shaped marshmallows and, of course, a lavender ombré birthday cake!

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Here are my favorite pieces to get the perfect party look:

It was so much fun and such an honor to be on set with the Pottery Barn Kids team! I hope you enjoy the Walk in the Wildflowers theme as much as I enjoyed working on it.

PBK <3′s Pets

By PBK Editors

Happy National Pet Owners Day! We’re celebrating with a few of our favorite pet photos throughout the years:

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A scruffy beach buddy from Summer 2014

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A boy’s best friend in Spring 2014.

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Best dressed pup during Halloween 2013.

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An affectionate and fluffy friend in Spring 2013.

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The best sledding companion from Holiday 2012.

How are you celebrating National Pet Owners Day? Share with us in the comments below!

5 Easy Ways to a Stylish Easter

By PBK Editors

With only a few days left before the festivities begin, here are a few of our favorite Easter ideas that are quick, easy and adorable.

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These Peeps S’mores from Eclectic Recipes are a simple way to celebrate with a treat little ones love. The bright colors are perfect for Easter and assembly couldn’t be easier!

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We love the graphic look of these Easter Mason Jars from No. 2 Pencil. To make them in a pinch, simply shake a small amount of paint into the jars and draw on a festive face with permanent markers!

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Our friends over at The Stylehouse have not one, but five amazing DIY Easter Egg Ideas that look beautiful and are easy to do! We especially love the watercolor idea that uses a spray bottle to dye each egg.

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Looking for a fun activity? Little ones love this Jumping Jack Easter Bunny created for us by Oh Happy Day. With a simple template and a few basic supplies, you’ll have your kids hopping around all day.

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For Easter entertaining, try a simple yet whimsical centerpiece, like this idea from Inside & Out that features Pottery Barn’s Wire Bag Basket. With boiled eggs and spring flowers, it’s a striking and elegant display.

Looking for more great Easter ideas? Visit Design Studio to get inspired.

Bright Ideas: Our Favorite Lights

By PBK Editors

This spring, add the perfect finishing touch to brighten up a room –literally! Lighting is one of our favorite ways to bring something unexpected to a space, and here are a few of our favorites from our latest collection.

1. Dress up the room with our Rissa Crystal Beaded ChandelierNatural hues and wrapped twine bring warmth to this delicately beaded chandelier. An ideal piece for a little girl’s room, it offers a touch of sophistication and whimsy.

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2. Go hands on with Mini Lanterns. Bring an element of adventure to your little ones’ space with these mini lanterns that can go anywhere. From a backyard campout to a rustic room feature, they add a fresh pop of color to any occasion.

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3. Add a beautiful Scalloped White Metal Flushmount. This pretty ceiling fixture diffuses soft light throughout a room. The scalloped edges and round shape make it a perfect accessory for a little girl’s room.

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4. All aboard with our Depot Sconce. Your little train conductor will feel right at home with elements inspired by vintage train stations. Fun and beautifully crafted, this piece will grow with your child for years to come.

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5. Set sail with our Fisherman Floor Lamp. Adventure awaits with this lamp, inspired by nautical excursions. Crafted with rugged metal and reminiscent of the high seas, it’s perfect for a little dreamer who loves the ocean.

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Ready to brighten up your space? Visit potterybarnkids.com to shop all of our lighting.

The Hunt is On! The Perfect Easter Decor

By PBK Editors

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Will your family be hunting for Easter eggs this weekend? Make it an extra-special occasion with the perfect finishing touch: Studio DIY‘s Easter Egg Balloons. With wavy stripes and playful dots (plus a flip on the classic balloon shape), this egg-hunt decor is sure to please!

What are some of your favorite ways to decorate for Easter? Share with us in the comments below!

Rescue Patrol Birthday Party

By Tara Berger

Written by Tara Berger of One Stylish Party for Building Blocks.

This birthday party’s theme is perfect for little boys (and girls!) who admire the everyday heroes who make our world a better place. I embrace and encourage all of my son’s interests, but I became especially excited and proud when his fascination with rescue workers took hold.

For his 4th birthday party, rather than limiting the theme to one rescue hero, we decided to combine them to create “Mason’s Rescue Patrol.” The party featured fire fighters, policemen, paramedics and construction workers!

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To set the scene, a real antique fire truck was parked behind the dessert table (talk about an awesome photo op!). The graphic elements – such as the invitations, custom party logo, favor tags and straw flags – helped tie everything together for a fully cohesive theme.

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I chose fun and whimsical desserts such as fire cake pops, rescue-hat sugar cookies, rescue vehicle Oreos, and gourmet candy like licorice wheels and silver sixlets. I also created cups of “dirt” to tie in with the construction aspect of the theme. In mini jars, I layered chocolate pudding with crushed Oreos, then garnished with wooden spoons so guests could dig right in.

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For the cake, we opted for something simple since there was a lot going on with the rest of the party. We chose a textured white buttercream cake adorned with a rescue badge and an ambulance topper (my son’s favorite rescue vehicle!). Lastly, each party favor included a plastic rescue hat and a chocolate police badge.

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Want to create a rescue patrol-themed party? Here are a few tips!

  1. Take inventory of your toys. Start by looking through your child’s toy box to see what you already have. Toy fire trucks, construction cranes, ambulances, police cars and fire stations can be used as centerpieces near the birthday cake, or as pedestals for food and desserts.
  2. Invite a real rescue worker to the party. Look to your community or friends and family to find a volunteer fire fighter or retired police officer. Have them stop by the party in uniform, and perhaps offer to make a donation to their local branch or office in return. I think you’d be surprised how many people are willing to make a child’s birthday even more special!
  3. Details, details, details. I love the little touches that help bring a party theme to life. Try themed food and desserts, such as “cups of dirt” or “fire hose” licorice wheels. Also, get creative with clever phrases such as “hydration station” instead of “beverage station.” Let the guests’ imaginations run free by having them dress up and pretend they’re real rescue heroes for the day.

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Vendor Credits

Event Concept and Design: One Stylish Party / Photographer: ME Photo & Design / Wooden Rescue Toys: Pottery Barn Kids / Antique Fire Truck: Dave Smiley / Graphic Design: Itsy Belle / Cake: Divine Cakes, Inc. / Police Cake Pops: Bella’s Bakery & Bowtique / Fondant Oreos: Love & Sugar Kisses / Fire Cake Pops: Painted & Sprinkled / Rescue Hat Sugar Cookies: NatSweets / Chocolate Police Badges: Siftin Pretty / Gourmet Candy: Nuts.com / Sequin Tablecloth, Apothecary Jars, Slate Tray, Chalkboard Labels, Mini Jars: Koyal Wholesale / Giant Balloon, Tassels and Fringe Number: One Stylish Party