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!

OneStylishParty-PolicemanParty1OneStylishParty-PolicemanParty2One of the best parts of this party is that you can start with what’s already in your child’s toy collection – chances are you have at least a few things that fit the theme. I used the Fire Station, Police Station, Police Car and Construction Crane from Pottery Barn Kids as the focal point for my son’s party. I then based the desserts and other decor elements around the toys.

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.

OneStylishParty-PolicemanParty3

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.

OneStylishParty-PolicemanParty5OneStylishParty-PolicemanParty4 OneStylishParty-PolicemanParty6

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.

OneStylishParty-PolicemanParty7 OneStylishParty-PolicemanParty8

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.

OneStylishParty-PolicemanParty9

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

A Cake Dome to Make at Home

By PBK Editors

BunnyCakeDome

Keep Easter treats safe until you’re ready to serve with this adorable DIY Cake Dome by Sugar & Cloth. Whether you’re protecting a cake from the elements or simply making sure little hands don’t wander, it’s a fun and festive accessory for any Easter get-together.

Looking for more great Easter ideas? Visit Design Studio to see our Rustic Easter Party and Whimsical Easter Party.

Easter Basket Giveaway

By PBK Editors

Easter is approaching, and we’re celebrating with our Pottery Barn family to give you an extra-special treat. Enter below to win a basket filled with seasonal favorites from Pottery Barn, plus two $250 gift cards to fill your basket with goodies from Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen!

Also, visit Inside & Out and The Stylehouse for extra entries — hurry, giveaway ends April 16!

Spring Greens: A Colorful Salad for Kids

By PBK Editors

ColorfulKidFriendlySalad

It’s easy to add a few more greens to your little one’s diet with a colorful salad like this Radicchio and Carrot Salad from Brooklyn Supper. Bright and fruity citrus paired with sweet carrot ribbons help to liven up greens that can be tough to get kids to eat.

Looking for more fresh spring recipes? Visit Design Studio to get inspired.

All Things Easter: Artful Eggs

By PBK Editors

Dyeing and decorating eggs has always been a favorite Easter activity to do with kids. But why stop there? We thought the classic dyed egg could use some fresh new additions – so here are a few ideas that think outside the carton.

1. Mix stripes, dots and pattern with Colorful No-Dye Eggs from our Whimsical Easter Party. They’re easy, no-mess and absolutely sweet!

EasterEggs-NoDye

2. These Melted Crayon Eggs from The Artful Parent are part modern art and part color play, making them the perfect unexpected craft for budding artists.

EasterEggs-MeltedCrayon

3. Watercolor Letter Eggs from Oh Happy Day are perfect for a playful bunch. Make them in different letters, numbers or symbols, and let your little ones create their own unique Easter statement!

EasterEggs-WatercolorLetter

Are you ready to celebrate Easter? Visit Design Studio to see our Rustic Easter Party and Whimsical Easter Party.

Small Updates, Big Difference!

By Jordan Ferney

Written by Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day for Building Blocks.

Since we moved into our new house, I’ve been trying to figure out my boys’ room. It’s funny how it can take a while to make old furniture work in a new space. I was really inspired by the new Pottery Barn Kids collection – it’s helped me make some progress on refreshing their space!

Kids_Room_Refresh1

I fell in love with the Rugby Stripe Duvet Cover and decided to pair it with the subtle star pattern on the Organic Star Sheet Set.

Kids_Room_Refresh4

I like keeping their toy collections on display so they actually play with their toys. I ended up also adding their books to the shelves, grouping them by color.

Kids_Room_Refresh5Kids_Room_Refresh3

The Solid Task Lighting in bright green was the perfect way to add a little atmospheric light to the space.

Kids_Room_Refresh2

I’d still like to add a desk and chairs, but for now, I feel like their room is finally coming together! Want to get this look? Shop some of my favorite PBK pieces (like the Jumbo Map Mural) below — happy decorating!

Weather Alert: The Perfect Rainy-Day Craft

By PBK Editors

WeatherActivityCraft

April showers are the perfect excuse for a fun indoor activity – and we think this Weather Activity Craft from You Are My Fave is just too cute! From a movable “wetter to better” meter to a fun temperature slider, this weather station is certainly not just for the kids.

What are some of your favorite indoor activities to do with your kids when it’s raining? Share with us in the comments below, and visit Design Studio to get inspired by our craft ideas.