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Posted by on May 14, 2015 | 2 comments

DIY Kids: A Kentucky Derby Hat-Making Party

DIY Kids: A Kentucky Derby Hat-Making Party

On Kentucky Derby Day, without fail, Sarah and her husband Phil polish their silver mint julep cups, make bourbon balls and other Kentucky-themed appetizers, and host a party to celebrate “the most exciting 2 minutes in sports.” Sarah is a tried-and-true Kentucky girl and life-long horse racing fan, as evidenced by the front room of her house dedicated to all things Kentucky. Many of their friends dress the part when they arrive. This year, Sarah and Phil combined their traditional grown-up party with an afternoon birthday bash for their daughter Bea – a Derby Day Dance Birthday Party. Since one of the best parts of the Derby tradition for women is donning a frilly hat, Sarah organized a hat-making activity. The girls had their pick of items – feathers, ribbon, flowers – to weave or glue onto a fascinator or straw hat. Fascinators are the small round base that you see here, being held by one the girls while she glues various embellishments onto it. Sarah ordered the fascinators online...

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 | 1 comment

DIY Athena Costume: The Reveal

DIY Athena Costume: The Reveal

We’ve led up to this moment with two prior posts on the construction of this exquisite warrior Athena costume. Part 1 showed Helena’s mother Amanda constructing the helmet. In Part 2, we showed the crocheted aegis (or cape), as well as the other important accessories she made by hand like the tunic, breastplate, gauntlets, and leg guards, and sword. In this post, the photos tell the story of Amanda helping Helena transform into her favorite Greek goddess, a proud moment for both Mother and daughter. Awesome work...

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Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 | 0 comments

Kathrin’s Childhood Room Grows Up

Kathrin’s Childhood Room Grows Up

Ten-year-old Kathrin is at that age when she’s no longer a young child, not quite a teen, yet wanting to assert a more grown-up style and personality. One way mom Heidi let Kathrin express herself was by letting her redesign her bedroom. Together, Heidi and Kathrin restyled the room into a personal and sophisticated space for a growing girl. Here’s how they worked together: 1. Choosing a theme and color. Kathrin picked shades of mauve for her room, which had been royal blue. She also asked for a “Paris” theme, which Heidi was able to fulfill easily with some fitting accessory purchases from Home Goods like this model of the Eiffel Tower and an illustration of a Paris scene. Heidi found shimmery grey curtains at Home Goods that give the room a feminine, romantic air. But with jewel accents that go a bit over the top, creating a look that is just perfect for a girls’ French “salon.” She also hung sheer purple floor-length drapes over the closet, adding...

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 | 8 comments

DIY Kids: A Birthday Party Inspired by Project Runway

DIY Kids: A Birthday Party Inspired by Project Runway

When you’re 10 and you love fashion and the reality show Project Runway in which the contestants compete each week to design and sew runway “looks,” it goes without saying that you’d love a birthday party that mimics the show. My daughter Ana was thrilled to plan her Project Runway 10th birthday party from begin to end, with me just adding a few suggestions here and there. She wrote out the agenda for her 3-hour party to be nearly identical to an episode of the show. My family were game to play the roles of judges. We have me doing a not-very-convincing Heidi Klum, my husband Matt as Michael Kors, his brother Brian as Tim Gunn (he did the best impression of all of us, having watched Tim Gunn video clips to get into the part), and my mother-in-law Donna as Nina Garcia. Ana invited seven girlfriends to her party and decided she’d split the group into teams of two. Every one of the girls had seen Project Runway...

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 | 0 comments

A Little Girl’s Homespun Butterfly Birthday Party

A Little Girl’s Homespun Butterfly Birthday Party

My friend Anne threw a sweet butterfly themed birthday party for her daughter to celebrate her 4th birthday. When she told me the theme, I pictured everyone galavanting about in her backyard near her actual butterfly garden. It rained buckets that afternoon so I was worried about how she’d pull it off in a smaller indoor space. Turns out, the entire party was planned to take place inside, so the weather didn’t matter at all. She did a fabulous job with the decorations, food, and activities – everything homemade. Incidentally, many children came wearing butterfly wings and antennae. Along one wall, she had drawn and colored a flower meadow. Then, the children were given cut-out butterflies to decorate and tape in the scene. She had made a dozen or so butterfly balloon animals ahead of time that the kids carried around and tossed back and forth. In one corner, she had set out a craft for the kids to make with beads and pipe cleaners. They threaded the pipe cleaners and...

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