Made with Magic: an Inside Look at Our Halloween Costumes

By PBK Editors

Make a night of trick-or-treating extra special with the perfect Halloween costumes. From magical fairies to wild animals, our costumes for babies and kids are designed to engage your little one’s imagination.

Shop our entire costume collection online (before it sells out!) – plus, find great ideas on how to decorate for Halloween, how to complete their costume with face paint, and more festive inspiration at potterybarnkids.com.

A DIY Printable to Inspire New Dreams

By PBK Editors

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Fifty-one years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech and touched the lives of millions. Today, share a little bit of his legacy with this inspiring printable from Thirty Handmade Days. It’s a creative way to teach your little ones to love people of all backgrounds, while giving kids a chance to think about their own personal dreams.

Happy Dream Day, everyone! We hope you’re inspired to keep dreaming.

Color of the Month: Greening

By PBK Editors

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Welcome the fall season and the new school year with a room filled with pops of bright color. Try a serene palette for furniture and walls like Sherwin-Williams Greening SW 6448 mixed with fun printed bedding in a theme your little one loves.

1. Hang up our Transportation Art in bold, saturated colors to liven up your little one’s walls.

2. Get the look of a 1930’s automobile headlight for the base of your table lamp with our Headlight Lamp.

3. Celebrate the vehicles your kid loves most with the colorful patchwork of our Patrick Quilted Bedding.

4. Kids love having a chair that’s all their own and our Anywhere Chair is a super cozy seat that’s cute wherever it happens to land.

5. Simple and elegant, the Fiona Nightstand offers ample storage by the bedside of your little one.

For more great ideas, visit Design Studio and and visit our Design Services page for a special $15 offer from Sherwin-Williams.

An Intergalactic Party Made for a Little Jedi

By PBK Editors

Celebrate even the tiniest Jedi with a party that’s strong with the Force™. From the perfect photo booth props to intergalactic crafts, here’s a look inside the details of our Star Wars Party.

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Get started with a few of our Star Wars downloadables that will make your party come to life. Whether it’s a cinema-themed invitation or a friendly favor tag, our party printables have you covered.

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Add creative details like our R2-D2™ Popcorn Bags, or make a statement with a Cardboard Landspeeder or Death Star™ Piñata for an extra-special touch.

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To view our full Star Wars Party, visit Design Studio or get inspired by our other birthday parties, crafts, and recipe ideas.

Let’s Talk Lunch: Back to School

By Megan Bailey

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

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With summer coming to a close, it’s hard to believe our thoughts have turned from the swimming pool to the classroom! Heading back to school means backpacks, notebooks and, of course, packing lunch. Today we’re sharing a few of our favorite back-to-school lunch ideas that are as fun as they are healthy.

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An easy way to get kids excited for lunchtime is to get creative with how their meal is presented. Something as simple as changing the shape of their sandwich can interest even the pickiest eaters.  Have fun making silly faces out of sandwich garnishments, or use these Stainless Sandwich Cutters to easily cut out fun sandwich shapes. (We used the flower cutter and embellished it with cheese slices cut into flower petals and a cherry tomato to finish it off.)

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For storing everything from chips and salsa to dips for fruits and veggies, we absolutely love the Spencer Dip & Chip Container. My boys will not eat fruit or veggies without some type of dip, so for us, this container is a must!

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On that note, here’s a recipe for a healthy and delicious dip that’s perfect to serve with sliced apples or celery:

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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 – 8 oz. original or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Just mix everything together – it’s that easy! We know your little peanuts will be asking for this in every lunch ahead.

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For a main dish – and to change things up from the traditional sandwich – try making fun-to-eat mini wraps. Our favorite includes ham and cheese with a little mayo and lettuce, all wrapped up in a tortilla. For a sweeter version, try filling it with peanut butter, thinly sliced apples and cheese.

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The All-in-One Lunch Bag and Stainless Steel Bento Boxes are perfect for keeping wraps, sandwiches and even leftovers fresh. (The day after taco night, pack your little one’s lunch with strips of tortillas, pieces of chicken, beans and cheese. They’ll have fun making their own fajitas for lunch!)

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Every good lunch needs a little treat at the end. We absolutely love these fun and educational alphabet crackers (we have a hard time keeping our hands off them ourselves!). Try making them with your children as a fun shared activity.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter (softened for 30 minutes)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Beat in softened butter and slowly add sugar. Add egg and vanilla and beat.
  2. Add half of the flour mixture and beat until combined. Add remaining flour mixture until completely combined.
  3. Divide dough into two balls. Shape each ball into a flat disc and wrap separately in plastic wrap.
  4. Refrigerate dough for at least an hour before using. (Tip: chilled dough is easier to cut out and will hold its shape better when baked.)
  5. Once dough is chilled, use a rolling pin to roll out to a thin layer.
  6. Use these Mini ABC Cookie Cutters or your own favorite cutters to cut out shapes in the dough.
  7. Place shapes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown. Let cool and enjoy!

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Family Together Time During Back to School

By PBK Editors

While gearing up for a busy school year, don’t forget to schedule some quality family time! Whether it’s reading a favorite story together before bed or watching a movie over the weekend, everyone deserves a break. Here are some of our favorite ways to get the family together.

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Get cookin’. A themed dinner and movie night is the perfect excuse to teach your kids some skills in the kitchen, as well your family’s traditional recipes. Watch Lady and the Tramp while eating spaghetti and meatballs (made from this recipe from Martha Stewart), a Ratatouille meal or even a sweet Frozen-themed treat.

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Cozy up with a book. We can’t think of a better place to snuggle up for story time than in one of our teepees. Add a few blankets and pillows, and you’ve got the ultimate hangout for you and your kids.

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Get outside the house. From a simple scavenger hunt to nature-inspired crafts, spend some time outside the house with activities your little ones love. For a chef-in-training, head to your local Williams-Sonoma to take part in one of their Junior Chef classes. 

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For more family activity ideas, visit Design Studio.

Sweet Surprises for Back to School

By PBK Editors

In the first of our four-part back-to-school series, we took a look at getting (and staying) organized. Now that you and your little ones are all set, let’s add some details to make school days more fun!

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We rounded up three sweet printables to keep your kids encouraged, motivated and smiling through their day.

Add these School Breakfast freebies by The Sweetest Occasion to your little one’s breakfast for an an inspirational start.

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This cute Hit the Books banner from Paging Supermom is perfect for hanging over your kids’ study space.

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Pack a special surprise (and a sweet message) into your child’s lunch with our Lunch Notes from Design Studio.  They’re an easy way to let little ones know you’re thinking of them.

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Now that you’re inspired to make it the best year ever, don’t miss more Back to School party ideas on our Design Studio.