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5 Tips for Celebrating Baby’s First Christmas

By PBK Editors

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A first Christmas is a very special time for the whole family. Although your baby is probably too young to wait up for Santa or help you bake cookies, there is a comforting sense of warmth and joy that fills the home — not to mention all the interesting smells and sights for a little one that make an appearance at this time of year! This holiday season, make it memorable for every member of the family with these five great ideas for baby’s first Christmas.

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1. Choose a special stocking. Make sure Santa knows that this is an extra-special Christmas in your house by giving your baby a stocking that celebrates their first Christmas. Stuff it with a few small, sweet gifts and a plush animal or two.

Tips for Celebrating Baby's First Christmas | Building Blocks Blog

2. Take lots of photos. Print out a few and preserve them in one of your family albums. When planning for Christmas morning, think about a place your baby can sit or lie to be part of the action and make sure they have their own small chair or a cozy blanket spread on the floor.

Tips for Celebrating Baby's First Christmas | Building Blocks Blog

3. Hang a commemorative ornament. It can be a small figurine that reminds you of their favorite plush toy, or one that’s designed to be a lifelong keepsake, such as a hand print kit or an engravable frame.

Tips for Celebrating Baby's First Christmas | Building Blocks Blog

4. Snuggle them up in personalized pajamas. Festive sleepwear that’s personalized with their name looks sweet, and the apparel itself may become one of those treasured keepsakes you hold onto long after your baby has grown.

Tips for Celebrating Baby's First Christmas | Building Blocks Blog

5. Give one very special gift. A tactile, colorful quilt, an extra-cuddly new plush toy, or a music box that plays a sweet lullaby are all gifts that you’ll enjoy giving as much as they’ll enjoy receiving.

For more great ideas on celebrating your baby’s first Christmas, visit potterybarnkids.com to get inspired.

Our Favorite Tips and Tricks for Thanksgiving

By PBK Editors

We can’t wait for the festive feasting to begin next week and are already thinking about ways to make the Thanksgiving holiday even more special in our homes. Here are a few of our favorite tips and tricks to try at your Thanksgiving gathering:

Make it personal. Add a personalized touch to the table design for guests of all ages with a fun DIY place card. Whether you’re designing a dramatic tablescape or a bright and cheerful meal, here are our three favorite ideas to try:

Design a stunning centerpiece. Although candles make for a beautiful Thanksgiving table, try a fresh floral bouquet for a colorful statement that’s also kid-friendly!

Add a new recipe to the Thanksgiving menu. Whether you’re trying out a comforting soup or adding a bright appetizer to the meal, here are a few of our favorites to get inspired:

What are some of your favorite tricks for making Thanksgiving extra special? Share with us in the comments below!

A Friendsgiving Giveaway with Glitter Guide!

By PBK Editors

We love a festive twist on the typical holiday celebration and this adorable Friendsgiving Picnic from Glitter Guide takes the turkey! For a casual daytime gathering before the big feast, Taylor planned a gorgeous outdoor picnic filled with flowers, food and a sweet space to hideout.

See some of our favorite snaps from this celebration and enter below for your chance to win a $1,000 Pottery Barn Kids gift card in our Friendsgiving Giveaway! Better hurry – giveaway ends Dec. 1st!

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Host the Perfect Sleepover

By PBK Editors

As the weather continues to cool down, let your little ones invite a few friends for a warm and cozy night in! Here are our five favorite tips for hosting the perfect sleepover.

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1. Create a special space. Designate an area that’s ready for fun with a teepee or hanging lights. Make sure to lay the sleeping bags in a cluster or circle so that everyone is included in activities throughout the night.

2. Prepare a plush place for kids to curl up. Whether your little guests will be watching a movie or playing games, make sure there are plenty of pillows, throw blankets and soft seating for an extra cozy evening.

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3. Plan a few light snacks for the evening activities. When choosing a sleepover snack, choose something that is healthy and light like Veggie Chips, so that guests don’t have any trouble getting to sleep.

4. Keep extra items on hand. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any forgotten or lost items like toothbrushes, pajamas or sleeping bags. Create a basket of extra items a few days before the sleepover to be prepared ahead of time.

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5. Cook up a mighty breakfast. Greet your sleepover guests with a special breakfast before they head home. Find our favorite recipes over at Design Studio.

Visit potterybarnkids.com to prepare for your very own sleepover and be sure to shop our Sleepover Event to save 20% on all sleeping bags, pajamas, robes and slippers.

A Festive Finishing Touch

By PBK Editors

We can’t wait to celebrate the Halloween festivities tomorrow and there’s no better way to complete their costume than with the addition of magical face paint! From a sparkling swan to a feline friend, here are a few of our favorite ideas to finish any costume.

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Sweet Little Peanut’s simple addition of whiskers and a soft pink nose are the purr-fect finishes for this Kitty Costume. Get the full how-to instructions here.

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Vivid green scales come to life in this how-to from Sweet Little Peanut. It’s a look that is just as fierce as it is ferociously adorable.

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Bring on the magic! Halloween is the best excuse to add some extra sparkle to a fairy-tale costume. We love how Sweet Little Peanut included rhinestones to give this face painting tutorial a shimmering finish.

Looking for more great face painting ideas? See all of our how-tos on potterybarnkids.com or check out these great designs from Handmade Charlotte!

2 Spooky Sweet Treats

By PBK Editors

Two days and counting! We’re ready for the frightful festivities to begin and are counting down with two sweet treats that would be a perfect spooky surprise in your little one’s lunch!

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We know they’ll be all smiles when they uncover one of these Candy-Coated Marshmallow Spiders from The Kitchn in their lunch bag. For a healthier spin on this fun treat, replace the candy and licorice ropes for granola and pretzel sticks!

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Who said gingerbread was only for Christmas?! This spicey sweet snack makes a scary appearance as a Skeleton Cookie from our Halloween Party.

For more great Halloween ideas, visit Design Studio for all of our party tips and inspiration.