BY Anna Sandler | Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 10:00am |
My daughter, like many kids, has a birthday that more often than not falls on a school day. This year, I wanted to make her a special lunch to have at school. After looking on Pinterest for ideas, I decided to make her a special birthday lunchbox by wrapping her favorite foods like presents.
Here’s the lunchbox transformation from regular to birthday spectacular!:
BY Holly Korus | Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:00pm |
Ten was the magic age for my daughter to have a sleepover party. Thirteen for a cell phone and 18 to vote—I ain’t promising anything before or beyond that (the cell phone is not a solid deal either).
So when she asked for a Puppy themed birthday party AND sleepover, I said yes. As far as parties go, this one was a breeze. The theme was cute and easy, the girls were good and they went to sleep before midnight. Yes. Yes they did.
How to Throw a Puppy Themed Birthday Party & Sleepover:
BY Holly Korus | Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 2:30pm |
Although Ariel and Nemo are no longer household names in my house, the fascination with all things “under the sea” holds strong. This is what makes an Under the Sea themed party so fantastic; it’s unisex, it can be for boy/ girl twins and it covers ages 1-101.
And let’s face it—at some point every woman has wondered what it’s like to be a mermaid. The long gorgeous hair, the perfect mid-section, two shells that need no support and of course never having to get a bikini wax… I would trade a lot of sand for a hot crustacean band any day of the week.
BY Holly Korus | Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013 12:00pm |
Who doesn’t love a rainbow? Hearts with rainbow stripes, duct tape printed with peace signs and rainbows, rainbow trout, and now you can even buy roses dyed in rainbow colors. It is a new day. A magic rainbow striped Zippity-do-da kinda day. Proof that kids like anything better when paired with a rainbow. Continue Reading
BY Holly Korus | Friday, Mar 01, 2013 10:30am |
Looking for a party favor that is not made of plastic? Perhaps you were thinking of getting a little something special for your child’s teacher for the 100th Day? This Snowman Hot Cocoa Jar is a cute easy little way to say, ” I think you are special enough to make something for instead of giving you a plastic piece of crap.”
Some people throw away those cute patterned tights when they get a hole in the toe. Not me. I also save glass jars. This is not to say that I am a pack rat. I save it, I use it and give it away. Done. The hats on these cute snowmen are made from my daughter’s old tights. They are filled with my favorite home made hot cocoa mix recipe from Alton Brown and topped with mini marshmallows.
BY Holly Korus | Friday, Feb 22, 2013 8:00am |
My mother was a master of figuring things out. After my brother and I were born, instead of buying cakes for our birthdays at a bakery, she took a class in cake decorating. Every cake she made was a labor of love. You knew the party could start when that cake arrived.
She made huge sheet cake adored with Holly Hobbie, Snow White and Lowly Worm. She bought and borrowed molds for Micky Mouse, Donald Duck and Snoopy. Cakes were baked in bowls to make a princess skirt or a mermaid’s tail on a rock. Some were cut-up cakes “glued” back together with frosting. She would use poster board for a cowboy hat rim. Around the base of a cake tulle, ribbon and or silk flowers were used to cover-up a multitude of travel misses.
Here are some of my mother’s best birthday cake tips:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 8:00am |
My baby just turned five. I don’t know how the hell that happened, but it did. She wanted Snow White at her party (I gave in years ago) and a few of her friends over for a tea party. It was my favorite kind of children’s birthday party—at home, less than 10 kids, good-old fashioned fun.
While I think my daughter’s party was really cute and the Snow White I hired was really adorable with the girls, no one does birthday parties better than Holly.
So here’s a round up of some of Holly’s best children’s birthday party ideas:
BY Holly Korus | Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 2:00pm |
A Woodland Gnome-themed birthday party—where does my kid come up with these ideas? I have gnome idea. I guess when turning nine, one may feel the need to top an Asian themed party or a fancy Parisian birthday party. I don’t gnome, but in her mind a weird looking elf-type creature who hangs out with red and white polka dotted shrooms fit the bill. And she was right. The party was fantastic, from the decorations to the scavenger hunt, everyone had a great time and we did it all—AT HOME! Continue Reading
BY Holly Korus | Wednesday, May 16, 2012 2:00pm |
Two years ago my, then 6 year old, daughter asked me if she could have a Chinese-themed birthday party. Blame the Mandarin program at her school or blame me for making her continue Spanish so she could continue to translate for her mother during family get-togethers. This theme then began to travel to other parts of Asia, with origami paper cranes, fan dancing etc. So we decided to include Japan and Korea and I am so glad we did, as we both learned a lot and the party was a huge hit! Continue Reading
BY Holly Korus | Wednesday, May 02, 2012 11:30am |
The fact that I can “sing” the theme to Jaws—Dun-Dun, Dun-Dun—to my kids,only to be met with blank stares, makes me very aware of the generation gap. My children will not know the international gesture for rolling down a window, slamming down a phone or turning the T.V. off, but they will, oh yes they will have good, old-fashioned home birthday parties. Continue Reading