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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Bali Chic – Tea Collection’s Globally Inspired Clothes

Bali Chic - Spring 2012 Tea Collection

Bali Chic – Tea Collection's Globally Inspired Clothes

I am writing this post from the heart of NYC having just spent 2 full days dashing in and out of stores up and down  Manhattan looking for style and color trends.  If I had to choose just two words to describe fashion designers' Spring 2012 collections, it is BOLD and Happy.  Color is universal.  Bright oranges and yellows are this year's top colors — better yet if they are done in neon.   Prints are everywhere.  Not just little delicate spring flowers a la Laura Ashley — oh no, we are seeing big, bold statement prints, on tops, on bottoms, and even on belts. Don't just take my word for it, check out what Marie Claire has to say about neon and InStyle's report that bold prints are a key trend for Spring 2012.

Not surprisingly, Tea Collection,  a children's clothing line long favored by celebrities,  is right there on trend, and not just for kids anymore.  Tea Collection's Bali Chic line for women is just like their kid's line except bigger — it is the same high quality soft and durable clothing with a modern look and global consciousness.    Check out their new Balinese batiks and ikats in beautiful, lightweight fabrics and easy shapes. You will love how happy their bright bold colors and prints make you feel.   Spring is definitely in the air.

Party Hearty!

Baby & Children’s Spring Party Clothes – ON SALE!

Baby & Children's Spring Party Clothes – ON SALE!

Update! Although this sale is long over, there are still plenty of darling Children's Spring Party Clothes – ON SALE from lots of different merchants!

Girls Tutu Lace Party Dress

Girls Tutu Lace Party Dress >> Also available in Yellow & Rose

And we love, love, love these SpaSilk Baby Boys' and Baby Girls' Newborn 23-Piece Essential Baby Layette Sets

Baby Boy Blue Organic Newborn Sacks Baby Girl Pink Organic Newborn Sacks

Organic Newborn Sacks >> Blue | Pink

Also check out the Barefoot Dreams Infant Gown and Hat Set.  Or If you, like me, are not into gowns, even for newborns, check out the Barefoot Dreams 3 piece Take Home Set available in blue, pink or cream.

Or check out this absolutely adorable Chiffon Bloomers >> perfect for under baby party dresses!

We also like Tralala's cheerful print spring and summer ruffle dresses.

 Tralala Baby Girls Princess Rose One Piece Footie Tralala Baby Girls Princess Rose Toddler Dress

Tralala Baby Girls Princess Rose One Piece Footie | Tralala Baby Girls Princess Rose Toddler Dress (So pretty for Easter!!)

Party Hearty!