Best Baby Shower Gifts! Childrens Classic Book Baby Gifts

Best Baby Shower Gifts! Childrens Classic Book Baby Gifts

Childrens Classic Book Baby Gifts >> Out of Print Literary and Book Themed Baby Bodysuits

Best Baby Shower Gifts! Childrens Classic Book Baby Gifts

Once again we must send kudos to our wonderful visitors – you really do have the best ideas!  How adorable are these Children's Classic Books Onesies.  Wrap them together with the actual book, and the matching plush doll to create a practical and memorable baby shower gift.  Some of the books even have a matching t-shirt for the new mom! #toocute

These childrens classic book baby gifts work well as stand alone shower gifts as well as centerpiece / gifts at themed showers.    Think Dr. Seuss Theme Party, The Little Prince or Royal Baby Shower, or Good Night Moon Shower or 1st Birthday Party. Continue Reading →

Hanukkah Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Hanukkah Table with Blue Dinnerware

Hanukkah Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies >> We love the idea of setting a table with interesting blue dinnerware so much we posted it on Instagram  (Image credit: One Kings Lane )

Hanukkah Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies 

Chanukah is just a a few weeks away so it is definitely time to start thinking about ordering your Chanukah cards, Hanukkah gifts, Hanukkah party supplies and party favors, and even your celebratory wine. 

Chanukah 2019 is celebrated Sunday December 22nd – December 30th

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Make The Switch Witch Part of Your Family Halloween Tradition

Switch Witch the Halloween Candy Solution

The Switch Witch (as Seen on Shark Tank)

Make The Switch Witch Part of Your Family Halloween Tradition

We just came across this post, Switch Witch ? The Solution to TOO MUCH Halloween Candy, from our friends over at MomMeMatch  (the site that has put together by far the best collection of  family matching Christmas pajamas we have seen to date).  They tracked down the Switch Witch, featured on Shark Tank a few years back, and although the proprietors did not get a deal, they remind us that the Switch Witch is still a fun solution to TOO MUCH Halloween Candy. Best yet, we just checked and the Switch Witch is available with the Amazon Prime One Day Shipping option so you can still get it delivered to your doorstep in time for Halloween! Continue Reading →

Dr Seuss Theme Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Dr. Seuss Theme Party Planning Ideas Supplies

Dr. Seuss Theme Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

A Dr Seuss theme party is not just limited to children's birthday celebrations.  Be creative – think baby showers, graduation parties (Oh, the Places You'll Go), Halloween (Green Eggs and Ham) and Christmas parties (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) , and elementary school fundraisers and teacher appreciation days.  We love Dr. Seuss and concoct any excuse to create a party theme using works as inspiration.

Who is Ted Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss)?

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Theodor Seuss Geisel, best known to the world as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. During his distinguished career Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 children's books, including such all-time favorites as The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You'll Go, Fox in Socks, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Dr. Seuss books have been translated into more than 15 languages with over 200 million copies finding their way into homes and hearts around the world.  In addition to the books, Geisel's works have inspired a Broadway musical, and innumerable children's television specials and films , with the latest Seuss motion picture, The Lorax Movie, released on March 2, 2012.  Other honors include two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award and the Pulitzer Prize. Read More Continue Reading →

Where the Wild Things Are – A Tribute to Maurice Sendak

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Where the Wild Things Are – A Tribute to Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are: A Tribute to Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are – A Tribute to Maurice Sendak

(1928-2012)

“The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws but Max stepped into his private boat and waved good-bye and sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him and it was still hot.”  Where the Wild Things Are

As many of you already know, we are huge fans of Maurice Sendak.  For more than forty years, the books Maurice Sendak has written and illustrated have nurtured children and adults alike and have challenged established ideas about what children's literature is and should be. The New York Times has recognized that Sendak's work “has brought a new dimension to the American children's book and has helped to change how people visualize childhood.” Parenting recently described Sendak as “indisputably, the most revolutionary force in children's books.”

To honor Mr. Sendak's memory we think the most appropriate tribute is making sure you have at least one Sendak book in your personal library.  Here are a few of our favorites!  Just scroll over the book cover for the title and click on the picture for a summary of each book.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy Birthday Dr Seuss!

Check out our Dr. Seuss Theme Party Planning, Ideas, and Supplies if you are planning a child’s birthday party, a baby shower, a graduation party, an elementary school classroom party, teacher appreciation celebration, or school fundraising gala – think Dr.  Seuss and think playful. joyful, jubilant, colorful, festive and just plain fun!

Party Hearty!

The Little Prince Royal Baby Shower

The_Little_PrinceWe know, we know – Princess Kate will not have a formal baby shower for lots of reasons including the fact that royal protocol would require her to return all gifts and what fun is a baby shower without opening all the adorable baby presents.  Nonetheless, we are still gung ho on planning the perfect little prince royal baby shower including choosing adorable gifts for the little prince.

Click here to check out our favorite royal baby shower invitations and party kits

Obviously, on the top of any Little Prince Baby Shower is the universally cherished, beloved classic The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.  Whether read in the original French or this beautiful translation by Richard Howard, it is a must own for anyone assembling a wonderful collection of children's literature.

Here are our latest additions to our own pinterest board – all perfect gifts for any mom expecting her own little prince.

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2013 Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz Award Winning Books!

2013 Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz Award Winning Books!

2013 Newbery Medal – The One and Only Ivan | 2013 Caledecott Medal – This Is Not My Hat | 2013 Printz Award – In Darkness

2013 Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz Award Winning Books!

This year's recipients of the Caldecott Medal for Illustration, the Newbery Medal for Literature, and the Printz Award for Young Adult Literature are a diverse and worthy group ranging from a wry tale of a thieving fish to a touching story of friendship, hope and art, to an extraordinary book about the cruelties of man and nature, and the valiant, ongoing struggle for survival.

Having said that, we are withholding judgement as to whether any will make our own list of  Top 100 Children's Books – all still need to pass the test of timelessness.  No matter your age, the mere mention of  Where the Wild Things Are or Goodnight Moon is sure to make you smile!  The Giving Tree's message is eternal and Love You Forever – well, the title says it all!

What do you think?  Should these three books make the top 100 list?   Even if not, remember familiarity with children's literature makes for wonderful party conversations – knowledge is always the best way to party pretty!

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Perfect Grandparent Gift – Adorable Musical Dolls

When I was a little girl, my grandmother bought me a very special musical baby doll that we kept in my bedroom at her house. Even as I outgrew my doll phase, I continued to cherish “my baby”.  I don't remember what tune she played but I do remember dragging that doll around with me everywhere.  She helped me feel safe away from home and adoringly accepted the love I bestowed upon her.  When we were cleaning out my grandparents' house, after they passed away, I found my baby doll carefully tucked away in a dresser drawer, almost as if she was waiting for me to return.  My doll was soft and pink and had a beautiful, delicate face and although she had long lost her wiggle, she never lost her magic.  So when I happened upon these adorable Ashton-Drake musical baby dolls, I fell in love all over again.

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Tea Collection’s Around the World Activity Contest

Tea Collection's Around the World Activity Contest

Tea Collection's Around the World Activity Contest  Tea Collection's Around the World Activity Contest

by Ariel Diamond

I couldn't wait to spend the summer at home after my freshman year at Michigan State.  As much as I loved my first year of college, I looked forward to spending time with friends and loved ones.  Unfortunately between my summer school class schedule, course assignments, and juggling two jobs I had yet to spend the day with my favorite seven year old, my cousin Alyssa.

Alyssa and I love imaginary travel and have especially enjoyed children's books that take us to lands far, far away.  Over the years we probably have read Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are dozens of times.  We have joined both Babar and Curious George as they roam Africa and particularly enjoy Madeline's escapades in Paris.  When I read about Tea Collection's Around the World Activity Contest I had one of those “aha” moments.   Now that Alyssa has turned 7, I thought she could appreciate and begin to understand the cultures of the world through crafts.

I meticulously began to plan our special day together!  I would like nothing more than to win a $500 Tea Shopping Spree for Alyssa's back to school wardrobe!  Together we have already picked out some adorable pieces for Alyssa and even found a cute easy to wear, run-around dress for me!

Tea Collection Marguerite Banded DressTea Collection Laululintu TeeTea Collection La Rambla Dress

Tea Collection Marguerite Banded Dress | Tea Collection Umi Moraine | Tea Collection Laululintu Tee | Tea Collection La Rambla Dress

All I needed to do was

  1. Take a photo of Alyssa completing a DIY activity based on one of Tea's Anniversary destinations (Brazil, Turkey, Japan, Korea, or West Africa).
  2. Add a photo caption describing the destination inspired craft
  3. Share our experience as part of Tea Collections Facebook entry page

Since PartyIdeaPros.com has been a huge supporter of Wrap2gether.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to global education and social justice, I had access to the most amazing art project ever.  Izzy had designed and fabricated original handmade African inspired dwenimmen jewelry to  foster cross-cultural relationships and benefit the Mancona International School in Odumase-Krobo, Ghana Eastern Region.   Lucky for me and for Alyssa, Izzy had enough supplies left over so we could actually complete an age appropriate project using hand made dwenimmen, a West African Adirinka symbol representing strength, humility, wisdom, and learning.

Alyssa's West African Dwenimmen Jewelry Making and Lion Cupcake Baking Day   Alyssa's West African Dwenimmen Jewelry Making and Lion Cupcake Baking Day   Alyssa's West African Dwenimmen Jewelry Making and Lion Cupcake Baking Day

We decorated the leather with markers and puffy paint to give it that nice tribal feel. Once finished Alyssa couldn’t help but model and show off her new creation.

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