When planning my son Quincy’s first birthday party, I wanted to hold back on going overboard with a specific theme. I figured this would be the one year in Quincy’s childhood that he wouldn’t have an opinion one way or another! Ultimately, I wanted a fun and intimate backyard celebration with family and close friends.
I built the decor around two essential party items: a teepee for the kids to play in, and gigantic balloons with streams of colorful tassels for that special celebratory touch. A couple of large rugs were important too, since I knew we’d have lots of babies crawling around on their hands and knees.
Food that doesn’t require a fork or spoon is key when planning a party for kids and babies. I also wanted to keep everything healthy and kid friendly – a crudite platter with various handmade dips, thin crust pizzas cut into manageable squares, chilled organic pureed fruit and veggie pouches, baby puff snacks and of course, milk in individual glass bottles.
It was a no-brainer when it came to deciding which cake to bake. Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is a family favorite! I made a simple layered version, and I cut back on the sugar for Quincy and the rest of the kids. I love that he smashed into his first cake in a high chair that’s been passed down five generations!
The birthday celebration turned out wonderfully – it was so much fun. I’m looking forward for many more to come!
Now this is one holiday we just had to celebrate – today is National Donut Day! From the tiniest donut treats to one with a fresh, healthy spin, we’ve got a few recipes that will make you want to observe this holiday every day!
Perfect for tiny hands and smaller portions, these Donut Pops from Sweet Kiera are a fun and festive bite-size treat.
They’re not donuts at all, but these Donut Sprinkles from Studio DIY put an unexpected spin on breakfast cereal that we’d be happy to eat a bowl of!
You don’t have to travel far and wide to find global style for your little boy’s room. We’ve scouted three favorite looks that make it easy to bring summer adventure plus a sophistication into your child’s space.
Make a splash with a fun shark print! Our favorite picks to get this look:
Shark Head Plaque
Uncover a world of style with a room inspired by archeological digs and dinosaurs. Our favorite items that really roar:
Dino Duvet Cover
Jumbo Map Mural
Natural Safari Style
Hop right into a safari look filled with rugged style. Get the look with these picks:
Keep your little ones reading over the summer with a few of our favorite books! Whether you’re setting sail on a grand adventure or exploring under the sea, here are a few stories we love to help little learners keep their vocabulary fresh over the summer.
Take a look at the brilliant colors of sea life in The Rainbow Fish, and follow along as little ones learn about sharing and friendship.
For adventurous kids learning to spell their names, try My Very Own Pirate Tale where a group of children seek out a treasure chest.
Fall into a world of fantasy with the classic tale of Where the Wild Things Are. Take a journey with Max to a land of goofy monsters and whimsical dreams.
Every year around this time, I start racking my brain: what’s something I could give my husband, Dave, for Father’s Day that he actually needs or wants? Over the last seven years of celebrating this special day as a family, we’ve given him ties, cufflinks, shirts for work and shirts for weekends. He’s received gift baskets, gift cards and even a collection of Beers of the World. (The Hefeweizen was my favorite.)
But the thing Dave loves most is the gift of an experience. For Christmas, we’ll give each other something we can enjoy together – like concert tickets or a vacation. So for this Father’s Day, I thought I’d try a similar idea – something we could all enjoy, even the baby. Our best idea? Family movie night!
We collected all of daddy’s favorite snacks and packaged them up in cute little bags. Next, we created a special “movie night package” using a paper bag from the grocery store because a) recycling is cool, b) it’s free, and c) Dave doesn’t care what the present comes in so long as there’s caramel corn inside!
Does your little one get excited days before their next birthday – or even weeks? Treat them to a daily countdown surprise with this cute DIY Birthday Advent Calendar from You Are My Fave. We love how each day leading up shows your child just how special their birthday is.
Don’t forget: Building Blocks is celebrating a birthday of its own with a $500 giveaway! Enter here by June 8th for a chance to win.
Sprinkles always make us feel like celebrating – and these ‘Cookie Chips’ with ‘Funfetti Dip’ from Sugar & Cloth are sure to make your little ones smile. Instead of heavy buttercream frosting, this recipe calls for Greek yogurt and a heavy dose of colorful sprinkles – making it the perfect festive treat for your next party.
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Give your world traveler-in-training a room filled with decor inspired by the globe. From garlands to wall art, here are our favorite DIY elements that will take you and your little ones around the world.