Tips for a Perfect Easter Celebration with Kids

By PBK Editors

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Easter is one of our favorite springtime celebrations that gives little ones the chance to welcome the new season with bright, festive colors and classic activities like egg hunts. Whether you’re hosting a small backyard celebration or throwing a larger neighborhood party, here are our favorite tips for making Easter magical.

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Start off with a special basket. From a classic basket to a puffy treat bag or bucket, pick the perfect place for treats based on your little one’s interests and the theme of your celebration. For a more rustic Easter, opt for a natural woven basket with a linen liner and if your little one loves all things fanciful, try our ballerina-inspired Easter bucket.

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Make it personal. Fill each of the baskets based on their theme and color. Our favorite idea is to match your dyed eggs to each individual basket for a look that’s polished and clean. Add a few additional elements that work for each basket whether it’s a small plush toy or new book.

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Set a magical scene. Think outside the basket! From vine bunnies to crafty decor, fill the space with Easter decor that delights. Styling tip: Mix and match the scale of your decor pieces to add visual interest (and create more nooks for hiding eggs).

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Include sweet surprises with sophistication. For a colorful springtime celebration such as Easter, opt for sophisticated sweets and treats in a neutral color palette. One of our favorite recipes of the season are these simple yet striking Vanilla Easter Cupcakes.

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Dress the table. Create a destination for your celebration with a simply dressed table. Whether your Easter activities are large or small, a treat table is the perfect way to anchor your space. Styling tip: Think of your treat table from top to bottom and be sure you’ve added decor to the table as well as the wall and floor.

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Mix it up. If you’re going to be dying eggs with little ones during your celebration, consider adding a few new elements like stamps, gold leaf and stencils. Not only will this add an extra layer of fun to your activities, you can even leave out an empty basket to fill with the colorful assortment as a growing centerpiece with lots of color and texture.

For more great Easter ideas, visit Design Studio or shop our entire Easter collection online.

 

3 Incredible Dream Bedrooms for Kids

By PBK Editors

There’s always room for extra whimsy when creating the perfect dream bedroom for your little one. Here are three fantasy bedroom looks your little one will love.

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Sail away in a room filled with adventure. Does your child love a world of magical treasures and pirates, or do you have a tiny explorer with a calling for the sea? Fill the room with nautical style and make their dreams come true with our Speedboat Bed & Trundle. Plus, with the addition of a trundle, your little captain will have space for fellow shipmates!

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Bring the outdoors in with a functional fort! For a truly versatile and special space, make a grand statement with your little ones bed – like our Tree House Bed. Great for a bedroom and play space in one, this bold bed can even work in a shared bedroom with our Tree House Bunk.

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Make the room sparkle with magic and get swept away into a fairy tale. You don’t have to stop at a beautiful bed! Add wall decals, a fun rug or your favorite garlands to make our Cottage Loft Bed really come to life.

Ready to get started on creating a dream room for your little one? Visit potterybarnkids.com to shop our bedroom furniture sale here.

The Perfect Recipe and Craft for Lunar New Year

By PBK Editors

Did you know that tomorrow is Lunar New Year? Celebrate the Year of the Goat in 2015 with our favorite craft and recipe for this cultural holiday.

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These Pineapple Tarts from Rasa Malaysia are the perfect sweet treat for a classic Chinese New Year celebration. It’s an easy crowd-pleaser and you can easily serve this recipe again at a summer party or tropical-themed get together.

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Take a traditional icon, like the fortune cookie and turn it into a festive craft like these Paper Fortune Cookies. For an extra special surprise, fill each one with a personalized message.

For more great ideas on celebrating Chinese New Year, visit our party page on Design Studio.

3 Quick and Easy Valentine’s Day Ideas

By PBK Editors

We can’t wait to celebrate the sweetest day of the year tomorrow so we’re sharing three of our favorite ways to spread the love. From a quick morning recipe to a sweet treat bag, here are three quick and easy ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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Put a handmade touch on your treat bags this Valentine’s Day with these DIY Heart Pom Pom Bags from The Stylehouse. Whether you’re filling these with a sweet treat or packing your little one an extra special lunch, this DIY can be used for a fun surprise year round.

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Want to make a big impact without all the sugar? We love this DIY Paper Heart Box from Oh Happy Day for filling up with tiny toys, trinkets, or little love notes!

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Start your day off right with these Mini Heart-Shaped Strawberry Tarts from Sweet Little Peanut. These delicious handheld treats are simple to put together and get big smiles of approval from your little ones.

Looking for more great Valentine’s Day ideas? See our favorite Cupid-inspired breakfast ideas here.

Countdown to Your Dream Nursery

By PBK Editors

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When preparing for a new addition to the family, it’s important to get organized around planning and preparing — especially when it comes to designing your dream nursery. That’s why we’ve created a handy printable to keep your nursery progress on track! Download the Countdown To Your Dream Nursery sheet to get started and read on below for more helpful tips.

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Create a beautiful space for your baby to sleep, bond and grow with our suggested nursery milestones below. Keep in mind that many of these elements can be pushed forward or back depending on your personal timeline — visit your local Pottery Barn Kids store or connect with us online for any additional guidance when creating your dream nursery.

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Weeks 20-23: Planning

Start planning for your dream nursery by gathering inspiration, enlisting help and registering or purchasing key decorative pieces. Select colors and a theme for the nursery and begin building a Pinterest inspiration board like this one or printing a few of your favorite nursery designs to reference. Schedule a free in-home consultation with a PBK Interior Design Services Specialist or ask family members and friends to help plan your space. Once the initial planning is done, you can move on to the fun part: purchasing or registering for your favorite prints and patterns! Don’t forget: When you create a registry with Pottery Barn Kids, you could win everything on it! Every month we select a new winner — see our registry page for details.

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Week 24-27: Preparing

If you are planning to paint the room or put up wallpaper, now is the perfect time to do it. If you have carpet or hardwood floors, you can also steam or refinish them so that your nursery has a clean canvas to begin decorating. Finalize and pick out furniture items to purchase, especially if you are ordering a custom piece. Custom upholstery, especially on a nursery chair or glider can help tie together your theme and colors with the room. Since you’ll be spending a lot of time in the nursery, make sure you are preparing an environment you’ll love to see everyday by selecting soothing shades and sturdy furniture.

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Weeks 28-30: Organizing

As you get closer to welcoming baby’s arrival, you’ll want to bring together all of your nursery pieces. Begin your babyproofing plan for the nursery. Start organizing all of your baby items and shower gifts in storage bins and baskets (plus wash baby clothes and begin putting them away). Use the floor plan you created early on to arrange your furniture in the room, starting with the largest items first. This will give you the most flexibility as you finalize the placement of each piece.

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Weeks 31–36: Finishing Touches

Now is the time to add those final touches! Purchase any last minute baby essentials you may not have received at the baby shower. Collect final décor pieces like frames, keepsakes and other accessories to help style the space. Lastly, set up a bassinet in your room so that your new little one can be close-by before moving to their nursery.

For more great advice, visit your local Pottery Barn Kids store or schedule a free in-home consultation with a PBK Interior Design Services Specialist.