"Usually it takes me a good four months to plan a party from scratch (mostly because I'm a control freak who loves to DIY), but for this fairy-tale birthday party, I wanted to incorporate simple decor ideas and create a magical ambiance that anyone can pull together quickly and without much fuss," says Bird, a mom of two, a graphic designer, and the founder of party site Bird's Party. Using her Pink Fairy party printables — full of summery pinks, greens, and butterflies — a cool crafts table, and an amazing toadstool birthday cake, Bird created a whimsical party with decor that feels like an indoor garden. And, true to her mission, it's supereasy to re-create! Keep clicking for all the details.
Your little boy doesn't need to be a surfing expert or a Southern California native to sport a cool tank top this Summer. Cool in both style and temperature, the following 11 tanks from J.Crew, Gap, and indie labels like Mini Rodini, Nico Nico, and Emile Et Ida are sure to be a hit on the playground, beach, or anywhere your little guy goes this Summer. Keep clicking to find your favorite.
Still haven't figured out what to gift the dad in your life for Father's Day? Take inspiration from five of our favorite celeb dads — music mogul Jay-Z, all-American Ben Affleck, dapper dad Scott Disick, globetrotter Brad Pitt, and sporty chic David Beckham — and you're guaranteed to please!
Pastry chef Melody Brandon of Sweet & Saucy Shop has been the sugar-loving mind behind of some of our favorite parties ever (like this under-the-sea birthday party and this vintage-inspired colorful baby shower). She was also the guest of honor at this swoon-worthy pink ruffle baby shower, but Melody's bump has now grown into little lady Blake, who recently celebrated her first birthday in sweet and saucy style!
"I have always loved putting bows and headbands on Blake since the day she was born, so I thought the 'Bows for Blake' theme would be fitting and lots of fun," Melody says. Melody went big with the bow theme, enlisting her sister to help create an incredible bow backdrop, dressing up almost all of the amazing dessert selections with bows, and, of course, putting a bow on Blake! Add in the pink-and-gold color scheme, a gorgeous photo display of Blake's first year, and one happy birthday girl (we would be too if we had a playroom that looked like hers!), and you have one sweet party. Keep clicking to check out all the details.
Usually our Lines We Love are under-the-radar kid labels that are primarily stocked at indie shops or online, but when Carter's sent over their newest layette collection, we were reminded of our love for the classic kid line, especially when it comes to their supersoft, durable, easy to clean, and totally cute onesies.
We were all devoted to Carter's bodysuits when our babies were small (you know, that time when you can go through five or six onesies a day!) and have yet to find a brand that beats them. If you disagree, let us know in the comments section below; then check out some of the newest Carter's onesies, featuring on-trend poppy and mint tones for girls, navy and gray stripes and prints for boys, and lots of gender-neutral options, including our personal favorites, the adorable animal prints!
Every little kid thinks that his dad has special powers — Crazy strength! Under-the-bed monster removal! — so why not treat him like the superdad he is with a luncheon inspired by old-school superheroes? Your party is just a few printables away! Dawn of Not Just a Mommy created an inspirational luncheon full of supersnacks and cool decor that all the dads and kids in your life will love. Keep clicking for all the details!
Nothing screams Summer like ice cream, but you don't have to run to your favorite ice cream shop every time you have a craving. Ice cream makers can be found pretty inexpensively (Cuisinart makes a great one for under $100). After you're up and churning, we've found 11 homemade ice cream treats that will appeal to kids of all ages — and their parents. From gelato-topped cupcakes and ice-cream-stuffed waffle sandwiches to unique recipes that will make your ice cream taste like strawberry Pop-Tarts, oatmeal cookies, or bananas and peanut butter, these treats are sure to add some cool, tasty fun to your Summer! Keep clicking to find your favorite sweet treat.
"The pink circus came to town for my daughter Marguerite's second birthday!" says Anne Ligeard Murat of New York-based children's party, paper, and gift site Clafoutis. "My daughter is very mischievous. She is full of energy and always trying bold acrobatics at the playground. In French we use the expression 'Marguerite fait le cirque,' meaning she is creating her own circus. She also loves pink, so voilà — we had our theme!"
While undoubtedly a kiddie affair, Anne put her stylish, sophisticated spin on the party, incorporating designer fabrics, a custom artwork, a beautiful cake topper, and vintage-y tutus, which she sells in her shop. There's much to love at this soiree (photographed by Violaine Rogasik), but young Marguerite definitely had a favorite element. "Her cake!" Anne says. "She loves chocolate, so we had a chocolate ganache with drizzling chocolate on top. Of course, she also loved the attention when everybody wished her happy birthday!" Keep clicking to see all the chic circus details.
Girls might have the doll market cornered, but boys aren't completely out of luck when it comes to finding plush pals to cuddle (or karate chop, depending on the mood). We tracked down nine stuffed creatures that will appeal to even the most doll-averse little gents. From scary sharks and wild raccoons to pirates, superheroes, robots, and even a doll that kind of looks like dad, these soft toys all scream boy!
If you still haven't stocked your little girl's Summer swimsuit wardrobe, now's the time! We've done your shopping for you, picking out 19 of the cutest one-pieces and bikinis for babies, toddlers, and little girls. Check out our favorites from Gap, J.Crew, Garnet Hill, and more, and get your little lady ready to hit the beach in style!
Inspired by her daughter Ella's love for the newest Disney film Brave, Hana Lynch, a mom, blogger, and photographer, created a whimsical fifth birthday party that appeals to the inner rebel-princess in all of us. "I wanted the party table to evoke a sense of being within the enchanting forest that Merida encounters during her adventure," Hana says. "I created this feeling using natural elements like moss and tree stumps to display the food. The light-up 'wisps' gave it a magical touch." Add in an incredible cake; gender-neutral activities including a "haggis" toss, archery, and design-your-own coats of arms; and one adorable birthday girl, and you have one adventurous birthday bash! Keep clicking for all the incredible details.
Board books are your baby's first introduction to the world of reading, so why not make sure their initiation is a beautiful one? We tracked down 11 of the best-designed board books for babies and toddlers. From BabyLit's awesome collection of classic novels made baby-friendly to books both inspired and created by midcentury and modern designers and artists like Andy Warhol and Orla Kiely, these are books that both moms and babies can get on board (wink, wink) with!
Father's Day is quickly approaching, and today we're kicking off our guide to the best gifts to get the dads in your life this year. Today, it's all about personalized presents! From monogrammed duffel bags perfect for a weekend away (with or without kids) to a custom-blended whiskey designed just for his palate, the following 14 gifts are sure to make Dad feel special. And isn't that what Father's Day is all about?
The whole world seems to be on a quinoa kick (the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has officially declared 2013 as "The International Year of the Quinoa"), so why not get your kids in on the nutrient-rich, high-protein fun? One of the best parts of quinoa is that it takes on the flavors of the food it's prepared with, making it the perfect complement to both sweet and savory recipes that will appeal to kids, including everything from meatballs and burritos to pancakes and cookies. Gluten-free, easy-to-prepare, and filling, quinoa might just be our favorite superfood of the moment, and after preparing these awesome kid-friendly recipes, your kids will most likely feel the same!
We're becoming more and more charmed by gender reveal parties, which lead themselves to so many cute and clever ideas for decor and treats. But this shower, set up by one of our favorite event designers Jesi Haack, proves that the gender-reveal concept doesn't have to be the center of your affair. In fact, if you want to create a bit of a spoiler (or throw your guests off track) by throwing a hot pink gender reveal party, by all means, go for it! Jesi, along with super florist JL Designs, baker extraordinaire Sweet and Saucy, and the paper princesses at Posh Paperie, created a bold, beautiful party, celebrating the relaunch of awesome party website Hostess With the Mostess, where gender reveal was just one more exciting element. Keep clicking to check out all the stylish details.
You knew you were probably going to have to invest in some new maternity clothing for your growing belly, but you might not have realized that your shoe wardrobe would probably need a makeover as well! Many women experience foot swelling during pregnancy, especially during the hot Summer months, and find those dainty ballet flats and sky-high stilettos just aren't fitting like they used to (and we don't recommend squeezing into them like certain pregnant celebrities; we're talking about you, Kim!). Whether you need to invest in some new shoes due to growing feet or just want to shop for cute Summer sandals, check out our eight footwear essentials for a comfortable and stylish Summer pregnancy, and treat your feet!
I've had in-depth pregnancy conversations with dozens of women, but I've yet to meet a single one who felt totally gorgeous in her third trimester. Swollen and uncomfortable? Absolutely. Chic and lovely? Not so much. But the following 20 celebs, all photographed during the last weeks of their pregnancies, prove that the third trimester can be beautiful. If Jennifer Lopez can look that good at Fashion Week two weeks before giving birth to twins, maybe there's hope for us all!
Pretty much every kid loves playing with cardboard boxes, but you can take that fun up a notch by building an amazing cardboard creation sure to "wow" kids and adults alike. From pirate ships and airplanes to lemonade stands and play cities, the following eight projects just take a few key items to re-create, the greatest being imagination!
Congratulations to Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum! The couple welcomed a baby girl yesterday, and while we can't wait to see their baby, we can't stop thinking about the mom's chic maternity style! Since announcing her pregnancy late last year, Jenna has showed a knack for dressing her bump with style, wearing a combination of glamorous gowns, including a Rachel Roy lace showstopper at the Oscars, and casual jersey dresses and skirts, leggings, and workout gear. We can't wait to see Channing and Jenna's beautiful offspring, but in the meantime, entertain yourself with 12 of mama Jenna's chicest maternity looks!
Creative birth announcements are definitely more common these days, but we found six ideas that push the cuteness one step further, taking the announcement outside of that standard-size envelope. From pillows and custom artworks to display in your own home to unique ways to send out your big news to friends and family, these announcements are almost as adorable as your new arrival!