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Office partyStruggling to find that perfect office gift for someone at work? For many people, finding a gift for their co-workers can be challenging, especially if you want to find something they enjoy. Even worse, some office environments have rules about what gifts are appropriate and what aren't, making it a bit challenging for those who want to throw a small office party for those on their team. Knowing that finding the right office gifts can be challenging, we decided to make your job easier with this fun guide to office gifts!

Office Gifts: Desk Items

With many people working in cubicles that are a bit on the boring side, many people love finding items for their desk or cubicle walls to make it more personal. This is why desk items are always a popular choice for people who work in an office environment. Some of the cutest office gifts include professional job figures, characters they love, stuffed animals, and even decorative picture frames so that they can display pictures of their kids. By picking the right gifts for your coworker, you can easily let them know that they are not only appreciated, but you want to make sure they have something fun to look at as they do their job each day.Office Gift

Office Gifts: Homemade Treats

Of course, homemade treats are always great office gifts, especially if you make enough for them to share with others in the family. Great homemade gifts include cupcakes, cookies, and even homemade candies! The trick is giving your treats that special touch with decorations. You can find decorated cupcake boxes specially made for displaying your treats and keeping them in place so they don't get damaged during transport. If you making food that isn't delicate, you always purchase decorative bags and add that finishing touch to your treats with ribbons and other food decorations. Once everyone in your office sees these adorable treats, your co-workers desk will be the most popular in the company!

Office Gifts: Gift Cards

Sometimes, it's hard finding that gift for someone who has everything and is on a special diet. For cases like this, it is better to get a gift card to a local store or somewhere where you know your co-workers enjoys to shop. While some people view gift cards as impersonal, there are ways to make your gift card more personal. For example, make a little goody bag to go with the gift card, including special pens in a gift bag, along with confetti, tissue paper, and other fun fillers for the bag. You can even tie the gift card to an inexpensive party favor, such as a business themed rubber duck or other appropriate favor. This gives them something unique to associate with your gift card, making it personal and fun! 

First Garden

child gardening with motherLooking for a way to make your child's first garden even more fun? For many kids, nothing is more fun than doing outdoor activities with mom and dad. As children get a bit older, many of them want to have their own little garden, especially if they have been seeing their parents grow things outdoors as well. While gardening with kids used to be challenging in the past, it is now much more fun and easy to create a fun garden for kids, especially with the right amount of planning and tools!

First Garden: Why Have a Garden

While creating a  garden may be a lot of work, it comes with a lot of benefits for children and parents alike. For one, it is great at teaching kids responsibility and where the food on their plates doesn't just come from the grocery stores. By growing their own food or flowers, they watch a life that is dependent on them. They learn that that they have to water it, baby it, and what happens at the end of the season after harvest when many plants die or hibernate. It truly is a great learning experience for children. Best of all, it doesn't take much room at all, allowing parents and children to enjoy gardening together, even if they don't have a lot of room outdoors.

make a birdhouseFirst Garden: Supplies

When it becomes time to start putting together your first garden, it is important that you take into account what supplies you need and how much room you have available for a garden. Many people assume that you must have a big area for garden, but it really can be done just about anywhere, including a small second story deck on an apartment. All you need are some basic gardening supplies (child safe ones are available in most stores), seeds, dirt, and whatever decorations you want to include with your plants. As well, make sure to have a child sized bucket or watering can that children are able to use to water their plants.

First Garden: Crafts

To make the most out of your garden, consider allowing kids to make their own unique flower pots. You can purchase flower pot craft kits and paints at many stores that are specially designed for painting on plastic or ceramic. By letting kids make their own unique pots with craft supplies they are able to make their first garden more personal. These pots can in many cases also be used year after year, allowing kids to enjoy their unique projects for many years to come. If you have a large area, you may also want help kids make their own birdhouses and labels for their plants, helping them make their gardening experience even better! 

Boys at Princess Birthday Parties

Inflatable Shield and SwordWant to have a princess birthday party but are unsure how to make little boys comfortable at your party? Many little girls have friends who are boys, ranging from family members to friends at school. Sometimes many boys don't want to attend a princess birthday party because they are very girly and they feel out of place at the party. While you can make it an exclusively girl event, it is possible to make a princess party perfect for boys and girls alike, as long as parents have time to plan for the party!

Boys at Princess Birthday Parties: What to Consider

Sword Bubble Necklace

When planning your party, make sure you take a few things into account. Many princess birthday parties focus quite a bit on girly items, s

uch as costumes, tiaras, and jewelry. While some boys may enjoy playing with these dress up items, it is usually best to give them choices. Boys want to pretend they are slaying dragons and going on grand adventures, so give them the opportunity to have this kind of fun. Make sure to have activities and costumes available just for the boys at your party. This will keep them from acting up and let them know that they are welcome at the party too. Just don't be surprised if you have princesses wanting to take part in these games too!

Boys at Princess Birthday Parties: Knights

knight costume

For many boys, nothing is more fun than pretending they are a mighty knight off to fight a dragon or save a princess. To help little boys pretend they are a knight, consider purchasing play outfits for your parties. Many stores carrying plastic 'armor' that boys can wear, including a chest plate, helmet, and even a sword. Boys may even enjoy having a jousting tournament with inflatable weapons while girls enjoy having a fun tea party or dress up session.  As well, make sure to make special favors bags for your little knights, including knight and royalty themed party favors, such as sword bubbles, knight figures, and even knight themed craft projects.

Boys at Princess Birthday Parties: Princes

Another great options for a princess party is having costumes and goody bags for little princes. Boys lovepretending they are royalty too. A prince costume can be as simple as a cape, crown, and a sword so they can protect princesses from bad guys. Prince costumes can be a bit difficult to put together since they aren't as popular as princess or knight costumes, but they can be very cute at princess birthday parties. With the right amount of party planning it is possible to make both boys and girls happy at your special princess themed birthday party.

Teacher's Day Gifts

Girl giving teacher a giftStruggling to find the perfect gift for a favorite teacher? With Teacher's Day closely approaching on May 6, parents all over are trying to find the perfect gifts to give to their children's teachers. While we all know that gift cards are a great choice, they aren't very personal and many teachers get a lot of gift cards from their students. Wouldn't it be great if you had the perfect gift for your child's favorite teacher? You may be surprised just how easy it is to find a memorable or cute gift that every teacher is sure to love!

Make a travel mugTeacher's Day Gifts: Homemade Crafts

If there is one thing every teacher loves it is crafts made by their students. Some of the cutest gifts are things made using traditional craft materials, or those made from kits. Kids especially love making their own travel mugs for teachers using crayons or markers. There are also many other type of craft projects that are perfect for kids to make for their teachers, including fun flower pots, bird houses, or even pen holders. Just make sure it's a project that the kids can take part in and put their name on the bottom so teachers can remember where it came from years later.


Teacher's Day Gifts: Desk ItemsTeacher Figurine

While some teachers don't talk about it, they all love having fun things to decorate their desks. Some of the cutest are teacher themed statues or figures. These little things stay with them for years and surprisingly, very few people give things like this as gifts. Things such as coffee mugs, plastic teacher figurines, or even small stuffed animals are the perfect gifts for teachers of all grade levels. Not only that, many of these unique gifts are fairly inexpensive, allowing you to get one for each of your children's teachers. If you can, try putting these gifts in a fun bag decorated by your kids to make them even more personal!

Teacher's Day Gifts: Homemade Treats

 Even though they aren't something that be kept, many teachers love getting homemade treats. Since many teachers work long hours, they rarely have time to bake at home or the change to buy nice bath products. Surprise your favorite teacher with homemade treats and if you make them, homemade bath items. For many teachers, this is an excuse for them to relax at night after a hard day of teaching and grading papers. To give that extra touch to these gifts, making sure to purchase cute tags or colored gift bags to make your Teacher's Day Gift look even more amazing! With the might amount of preparation, your favorite teacher will love your child's gift and know they are appreciated!

International Astronomy Day

Outer Space PlateDo you have a little one who loves outer space? Many children love to learn about space and are curious about what else may exist in our universe. To celebrate a love for space all around the world, various schools and astronomy clubs are looking forward to celebrating International Astronomy Day on April 28. To help making your outdoor event even more fun, wouldn't it be great to have a little outdoor gathering as everyone enjoys watching the stars together? Below, we have tips for creating a fun night or camping trip for International Astronomy Day!

International Astronomy Day: Things You Need

If you are planning on having a little gathering for International Astronomy Day, make sure you have everything you need ahead of time. Since you want to be somewhere that is dark, you want to be in a park, or a very dark backyard. Along with a telescope, this is the best way to look at the stars or even go searching for planets! If you are going to have children at the event or outdoor party, make sure to bring flashlights and books so that you can teach them about the different constellations and things that can be found in the sky. Some learning and party stores even have workbooks or activity books to make learning even more fun for kids!

Outer Space CupcakesInternational Astronomy Day: Food

Of course, any outing needs good food! More than likely, you are going to be outside for hours. Consider filling a cooler with drinks and packing some snack food. You can even make decorative cupcakes using outer space cupcake picks or other decorations to get your favorite food in the spirit for some outer space exploration. As well, you can also bring space themed candy to give as prizes to kids who are able to find various constellations in the sky. Kids will be excited to get candy that is made to look like astronauts, planets, or even aliens if you want to get really creative! If you want to avoid candy, you can also purchase space themed pencils and other outer space toys.

Rocket Ship ErasersInternational Astronomy Day: Camping Fun

For those who are deciding to camp out, make sure you have plenty of activities planned to keep children interested throughout the night. While they will love looking at the stars, make sure to have things to keep them occupied. For example, consider playing flashlight tag or other traditional camping games with kids. Since it can still get cold at night, make sure to bring plenty of blankets, even if you aren't planning on staying outdoors with kids for the entire night. With the right food and games, it is easy to make International Astronomy Day fun for the entire family! 

With Winter Being Here

With winter being here, many of us are bundling up and trying to keep ourselves warm as we deal with the frigid temperatures outside. For kids, being stuck indoors and unable to play outside is even worse, leaving parents frustrated. While it may be okay to put them in front of the TV or video game systems for a time, it is important to get kids interacting with others and having fun doing other, more creative projects. Rather than go with the same boring things this winter, consider taking a day and having a fun winter kids party with all of your children's friends!

 

Winter Kids Party: Crafts

Since it's too cold to play outside, consider having some fun, winter-themed crafts available for children at your party.  This is the best time of year for doing fun projects that may be a bit time consuming but allow children to learn something new and fun. One craft that many children, especially little girls,  love doing during the winter is learning how to make jewelry. You can find jewelry kits with a winter theme that are very simple, and some that are more complex, including beautiful beads with winter themed charms and colored beads. Sometimes they can be a bit difficult to find, so don't forget to check Christmas sections at party stores. After Christmas, you can often find snowflake and snowman kits discounted, allowing you to make adorable craft projects without the high prices!

 

Winter Kids Party: Treats

Another activity that is quite a bit of fun for children is making fun treats in the kitchen with mom or dad. It becomes even more fun when you have lots of little girls working together to make cupcakes, cookies, and other fun treats! To avoid a disaster, however, make sure you have everything together before little ones start working in the kitchen. If you are having lots of children, you may want to consider purchasing cookie or cupcake kits with a winter theme. These kits come with everything you need for decorating that dessert. Cookies are always a favorite since parents can make the dough ahead of time, allowing kids to make their own cookies with winter themed cookie cutters and then decorate them with sprinkles, colored sugar, and food grade paints.

If you want to be a little more creative, you may also want to consider making your own winter themed cupcakes. You can purchase snowflake or snowman themed cupcake cups, cupcake skirts, and even cupcake picks! Girls will have fun decorating their favorite cupcakes, giving them a fun winter theme! Best of all, they can share their creations when they are finished, allowing everyone to later relax and enjoy the yummy treats!

Snow Day Activities

Are you struggling to keep kids busy as they are stuck home from school? Let's face it, while many kids may be excited to not have school, they can also get stir crazy when it's too cold to play outside or there just doesn't seem to be much to do other than play video games. Rather than have them bored throughout the snow day, make the most of it and turn into some fun mother and daughter bonding time! You may be surprised just how much fun you will have during a chilly snow day!

 

Snow Day Activities: Baking

When it's cold outside, many of us love to bake since it is a great way to warm up the house.  While kids (and husbands) love eating delicious homemade treats, just think how much fun it would be for everyone to work together in the kitchen. Kids love putting on their own special aprons and making treats with adults. Best of all, you can purchase kits to make your job even easier, allowing you to have everything you need for making themed cupcakes, decorating cookies, or even making your own candy! If you want to save money, don't forget you can also buy decorative cupcake skirts and picks, allowing you to make treats look truly adorable before they find their ways into kids' tummies!
Snow Day Activities: Tea Party

We sometimes forget about it with our busy schedules, but kids love using their imagination and creating their own unique parties with stuffed friends. Rather than do something complicated, consider having a fun tea party with your daughter. This can be done by inviting a few friends over (assuming they are nearby, or the roads are safe, of course!), or just something special with you, your daughter, and her plush tea party guests. Just get out a cute tea set, make some tea, and set the table with homemade treats or snacks that your daughter helped make. Of course, this is also the time to get out the dress up clothes, allowing your daughter to feel like a real princess as she hosts her special tea party during her school snow day!

 

Snow Day Activities: Games

If you have a few kids over, don't forget that this is also the perfect time to bring out the boards games and spend some quality time with one another. For a few younger children together, bingo can be a lot of fun, or any number of other children's themed board games.  If you have older kids involved, just make sure they don't get too competitive and discourage little ones. As well, you can encourage fair play by rewarding prizes not only to the winner, but kids who had good sportsmanship while playing! With the right amount of planning, it is easy to make a snow day fun for the entire family!

Homemade Valentine's Day Treats

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. January 9, 2014 No comments

Sometimes, the very best gifts are the ones that come from the heart, made by little hands. While we all may love getting a little Valentine's Day card from our children, there is just something amazing about getting a cute little card or craft project made by them, knowing it was something they put a lot of time and energy into just to make you smile. Rather than getting the pre-made Valentine's cards and treats at your local big box retailer, make your daughter's Valentine's day even more fun by giving fun Valentine's Day treats and crafts as gifts!

 

Homemade Valentine's Day Treats: Cards & Crafts

When it comes to Valentine's Day, one of the most popular gifts are cards. While you can purchase pre-made cards and candies at most stores, it is much more fun to have children design their own cards and put their own special messages on their Valentine's cards. As well, you can make these cards as simple or decorative as you like, allowing kids to put their own creativity and imagination to work. Before starting, just make sure you have a variety of card-making supplies available, including markers, glitter, glue, stickers, and even foam cutouts.

 

Homemade Valentine's Day Treats: Cupcakes

Another homemade Valentine's Day treat that little girls love is making their own cupcakes. While you can find many complicated recipes on Pinterest, you usually don't have to do anything that complicated to make children happy. All you need is your favorite box cake recipe, icing, and a Valentine's Day themed cupcake set. These sets usually include Valentine's Day themed paper cupcake cups and decorative plastic or wood cupcake picks. Usually, you can find these in a variety of designs ranging from hearts to even animals!  Don't forget too that you can use colored sugar and sprinkles to add that finishing touch to all of your homemade Valentine's Day cupcakes!

 

Homemade Valentine's Day Treats: Candy

Of course candy, especially chocolate, is one of those important treats that goes hand and hand with Valentine's Day. Rather than spend big money on candy, consider making your own at home! One of our favorite treats is making homemade chocolate bark. All you have to do is melt your favorite chocolate in the microwave, spread it out carefully with a parchment lined cookie sheet, and let it harden in the refrigerator for an hour. Of course, to brighten it up, you can add colored sugar or sprinkles to the chocolate before it hardens, allowing you to have cute Valentine's Day themed bark to give out as gifts. Just divide it out into cellophane treat bags and you have the perfect Valentine's Day treat that will excite all the kids at school!

Valentine's Day Sleepover

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. January 9, 2014 No comments

 For many little girls, nothing is more fun than inviting their favorite friends over for a sleepover, especially during holidays. Since Valentine's Day falls on a weekend in 2014, rather than hiring a sitter, consider working together with other moms to create a fun Valentine's Day themed sleepover for all the little girls in your life. With the right theme, girls will be busy all night long with a designated adult while the other adults have a romantic night on the town!

 

Valentine's Day Sleepover: Theme

If you are wanting to have a fun Valentine's Day themed sleepover, it is important that you pick the right theme.  Of course, hearts are one of the most popular, classic themes for Valentine's Day parties, but this is also a time where you can be creative and have some fun! One cute theme that some adults love doing for Valentine's Day parties is animals. Kids will love giving each other animal themed valentines and watching cute romantic comedies with plush animal friends!

 

Valentine's Day Sleepover:  Entertainment

For many little girls the best parts of a sleepover are making cute crafts with friends, dressing up, and of course, watching fun movies late into the night. For a Valentine's sleepover, consider renting or streaming romantic comedies that are age appropriate. Girls will love watching cute animals fall in love, or even enjoying a classic romantic movie with their friends - just make sure to watch the movie ahead of time to ensure it really is appropriate for younger girls! Along with movies, consider planning a heart-themed craft or two, or even homemade valentines to give to their parents, when the girls return from their fun slumber party!

 

Valentine's Day Sleepover:  Treats

When many of us think  back on our favorite sleepovers, they didn't just involve gossip and watching movies, but fun treats as well. One of the things that can be very fun for little girls is making homemade treats before the actual party begins. For example, consider making homemade chocolate bark with sprinkles, or maybe even heart shaped cookies.  To make things even more fun, you can purchase food paint and heart shaped cookie cutters to make your treats even more perfect for Valentine's Day. If you want to make things in advance, you can also buy Valentine's Day themed cupcake kits, which include cute love-themed cupcake picks and paper cups, allowing you to turn your daughter's favorite cupcake recipes into the appropriately perfect party dessert!

Along with edible treats, you can also make adorable Valentine's Day themed goodie bags for all of the girls at your Valentine's Day sleepover. All you need are some cute Valentine's Day themed - whether the classic, simple hearts, or more elaborate  - treat bags and cute Valentine's Day party favors. Some of our favorites are things the girls will use and love even after the party, like notebooks, pencils, and matching erasers! One thing is for certain, all the girls at your party will be excited to go to school and show off all the fun treats and stories about the awesome slumber party they attended for Valentine's Day!

Christmas Crafts

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. November 27, 2013 No comments

Looking for the perfect crafts to get kids in the Christmas spirit? With many of us starting our Christmas shopping and preparing for the holidays, it is the perfect time to sit down with kids for some quality family time. One of the best ways to do this is by having a family craft night where you can make a variety of fun craft projects for decorating your house or making gifts. With all the great Christmas crafts available, you can easily spend multiple weekends creating the perfect Christmas crafts for everyone in your family!


Christmas Crafts: Ornaments
For many kids, nothing is more fun than making your own Christmas ornaments and then displaying them on the family Christmas tree. Making your own ornaments isnt only a fun Christmas craft, but gives parents a fun piece of their childrens childhood that they can displayer for many years to come. For younger children, you may want to consider making some magic Color Scratch ornaments, since these are fairly simple crafts that still allow children to get creative. All you need is a scratching tool and you can make a variety of fun ornaments shaped as angels, crosses, and a variety of other fun shapes. For older children, you may want to consider going with unpainted or make your own ornament sets since these are Christmas crafts that are a bit more involved. No matter what type of ornament you decide to make, kids will love displaying them on the tree and showing them off to friends.

 

Christmas Crafts: Jewelry
Many little girls love making jewelry, especially holiday themed jewelry that they can wear to school or at local Christmas parties. Some of the more popular Christmas jewelry crafts let kids make complicated beaded necklaces and charm bracelets. Our personal favorite are craft projects like snowman charm bracelets since they are perfect for Christmas parties that have children of various religions. They are also perfect for Christmas stockings since they can be worn throughout the winter, allowing kids to enjoy this Christmas craft project even after Christmas! Just make sure you pick jewelry kits that are age appropriate to make sure all the girls at your party have fun!

 

Christmas Crafts: Gifts
Even though many parents dont think about it, Christmas crafts are the perfect homemade Christmas gifts for parents to give out to friends and family. Most people love getting homemade gifts since they are a bit more personal. If you are making homemade gifts, make sure to pick craft projects that are easy to make but usable, such as decorative reusable bags, jewelry, or even painted jewelry boxes. While these gifts make take a bit more time for mom and dad, kids will love being able to give gifts that they made themselves. Best of all, these homemade gifts can even be packaged in reusable bags or Christmas bags that are designed to be colored by kids. With the right amount of time and preparation, its easy to keep kids busy throughout the holiday season with fun Christmas crafts!