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How To Entertain Children At An Outdoor Wedding

By Designed 2B Sweet July 19, 2014 19 Views No comments

Looking for ways to entertain kids at your outdoor wedding? While many of us love children, they sometimes need distractions at long social events, especially weddings. We have almost all been to a wedding where children were out of hand or just not cared for, which can leave adults feeling especially uncomfortable at an outdoor wedding since they feel someone should be responsible for the children. Rather than leaving kids to run crazy during your outdoor wedding you may want to consider having fun activities for children at the reception area, allowing them to have fun while adults enjoy the main event. You may even just be surprised at how easy it is create the perfect entertainment for kids at an outdoor wedding!

Have a Craft Area

It is quite common for children to have their own table at the reception, but sometimes it can be difficult to encourage them to stay at the kids' table. Rather than just trying to keep kids busy with bubbles and little activities, consider having a craft table with special activities going throughout the wedding and party after. Having children make jewelry, little wooden craft kits, or even cute photo holders for the bride and groom to display their wedding pictures after the big event can keep their imagination engaged and their attention focused. Kids will love having the opportunity to make unique gifts that they can give the bride and groom to open later! Not only will it keep kids busy, but they will look forward to showing off all their unique creations!

Hire an Entertainer

Over the past few years, more couples have been hiring entertainers for children at their wedding. These entertainers can include clowns, puppeteers, or even costumed characters. While this option can get pricy if you aren't careful, it is something many kids will love, especially if you have children of your own involved in the wedding. Just make sure you are clear about the ages of the children who will be attending, what you are expecting the entertainers to do, and how long they will be at your reception. You may even be able to get a quick picture of you with your child's favorite character while in your wedding dress, creating an adorable wedding picture of you and the child(ren) at your wedding.

Rent Activities

Sometimes one of the best ways to keep kids busy is by making sure they are physically active. If your outdoor wedding is a bit more casual, consider renting activities for the kids, such as bouncers and inflatable slides. These activities are relatively inexpensive if they are rented for only the time of the reception and allow kids to have fun while adults enjoy the wedding reception and socializing themselves. Just make sure to tell parents to bring an extra set of clothes if kids will also be attending the actual wedding ceremony as well. This will make sure children look perfect for pictures but are also able to have a good time later when they are playing outdoors with new little friends!

Beach Activities For Kids

By Designed 2B Sweet July 19, 2014 16 Views No comments

Are you planning on bringing your kids to the beach this summer? While the beach can be a lot of fun, it can also be very overwhelming for children. Not only is there a huge ocean to play in, but lots of people coming and going. To make sure that your trip is as stress free as possible, it is important that you plan out the day, making sure that kids are having as much fun as possible and not getting bored or overwhelmed. Luckily, with the right plans, you can keep kids busy with a variety of fun beach activities!

Build A Sand Castle

If it is your child's first time to the beach, building a sand castle is a must! Children love being able to work with friends or even their parents to create a fun sand castle that they can show off to all their friends. Before going to the beach, remember to bring at least a bucket, shovel, and any sculpting tools you think you will need for building your special castle. Just make sure to bring a waterproof camera too since the water and other people can accidentally damage a sand castle before you have the time to get your cellphone or a proper camera from the car. Kids will love to look at their special creation once they are home from the beach, preserving the memory with a fun picture!

Play Sports

While swimming is one thing that many kids love, many of them don't want to stay in the water all day. For younger kids, playing fun beach ball games is almost a must. You can do anything ranging from simple volleyball to playing kick ball on the beach. Since beach balls come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, you can find the perfect one for your children. You can even find colorful, animated character beach balls, making kids even more excited to get up and play! For older kids, don't forget about other traditional games, depending on what is available at that beach, possibly including volleyball, basketball, frisbee golf or more! Just make sure to check online to see what your intended beach offers before arriving.

Exploring The Beach

Do you have a child that is curious about nature and everything around them? You can use this curiosity to your advantage by having children learn about the beach itself by collecting sea shells, looking at fish, and even various plants that live in the ocean. While it isn't recommended to take fish and animals from the beach itself, you can bring home empty seashells and other little items collected from the beach itself. Kids will love being able to go home and show their friends all the neat things they collected during their trip to the beach!

Girls at Pirate Birthday Parties

By Designed 2B Sweet June 2, 2014 250 Views 4 comments

Pirate Party PackPirate PartyLooking at having a pirate birthday party but not sure how to incorporate little girls into the party? It isn't too surprising that little boys love pretending to be pirates. Many of them love going outside and looking for pirate booty. What can be challenging, however, is incorporating their female friends and sisters into the party. Many boys' pirate parties are filled with sword fights and digging through the dirt for treasure, which doesn't excite all little girls. Luckily, we have some awesome tips to help you not only get little girls involved at your party, but really having fun as well.

Girls at Pirate Birthday Parties: Tableware

One of the best ways to think ahead for little girls at your party is getting special partyware for girls attending the party. There are cute sets such as the Pink Pirate paper set that allow you to have pirate themed items just for little girls at your party table. This will allow girls to feel like pirate princesses at your event. If there are a number of little girls at your party, you can also set up a special pink pirate cupcake ship just for them. On this unique table centerpiece, you can have pink pirate cupcakes sailing away. You can even have a normal pirate ship version of this centerpiece, allowing it to be a boys vs girls display at the party table!

Pirate NecklacesGirls at Pirate Birthday Parties: Party Favors

If you ask many kids what they think the best part of a party is, they will likely say it is their favor bag. Kids love getting a treat just for them, especially if it includes games and prizes. While boys may have a lot of traditional pirate items, you can make the girl bags a bit more unique too. Include items such as girly pirate tattoos and pink pirate rubber ducks. You can also add other items that aren't pirate related, such as sticker sets to help girls feel a bit more comfortable. As long as you personalize these bags for girls, they are guaranteed to be a success!

Pirate HatGirls at Pirate Birthday Parties: Costumes

Over the past few years, more companies have been making girly pirate items. This ranges from pink eye patches to jewelry designed for special girly pirates. You can even find pink pirate costumes, allowing you to make your favorite little girl look like the perfect female pirate. If you cannot find the right pirate costume for your little girl, don't forget that it is easy to accessorize! Mix her favorite jewelry with the costume, as well as adding bandannas or a vest in her favorite color. With the right amount of preparation, it is easy to incorporate girls into any pirate birthday party, no matter how many boys attend the party!

How To Throw The Perfect Pop Star / Rock Star Theme Party

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. May 11, 2014 500 Views 3 comments

As the hit songs says, "We all just want to be big rock stars."

Inflatable GuitarsFor your budding performers, why not throw a themed party that includes all of the trappings of a celebrated diva or guitar hero? From stylish costumes and jewelry to toy microphones, we have all of the accessories needed to turn your child's Pop Star Theme party into an instant success. He or she may not be a rock star yet, but there is no reason why you can't let them feel like one.

Rock Star SunglassesWhen you throw a pop star party, don't forget all of the things that make it seem real. We have a wide assortment of diva and pop star hats, glamorous rock star sunglasses, and even toy microphone that let the young stars perform for their gathered fans. To make the rock star party a complete success, there are even guitar decorations and rock star party favors. Toss in some music to get the party started, and the stage is set for a world tour pop star party right in your own living room.

Guitar Pick NecklacesThere is an assortment of rock star tableware which brings out the diva in your family. Her pop star costume will look great with either pink or white princess gloves, and everyone in attendance will love the fun and fashionable rock star party favors, including flashing guitar pins that are sure to catch everyone's eye.

So hand that child a microphone, dress her up in a costume that brings out the diva inside, and let her imagination run wild as she dances and entertains her friends and fans with a stylish inflatable microphone. There is nothing quite like the fun and excitement that comes from having your very own pop star party, so be sure to have a camera ready to capture memories of this happy occasion.

Echo MicrophonesTo make the scene complete, there are echo microphones available, and the rock star party will really get underway when the glow sticks come out, the costume goes on, and the temporary rock star or diva tattoos are in place. There are colorful hair scrunchies, amazing costume jewelry and more than enough glitz and glamor to entertain even the fussiest group of kids.

Frienship BraceletsThere's an inflatable guitar and a wide assortment of guitar shaped decorations which complement a fabulous set of rock star tableware. We even have glittery rock star and diva iron-ons, which allow you to turn a favorite garment into a symbol of rock super stardom. When the pop star balloons have been inflated, and the heart shaped sunglasses go on, it is time to leave the real world behind for just a little while, and find out what its like to live the life of famous pop star.

We have over 100 different items that can be mixed or matched to create the perfect atmosphere for your child. From a frilly pink tutu, to an assortment of friendship bracelets, Your rock star theme party is sure to be the hit of year, and one that will have to be repeated again and again.

First Garden

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. April 22, 2014 319 Views 20 comments

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

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. April 22, 2014 196 Views 9 comments

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.

Homemade Candy

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. January 25, 2014 552 Views 13 comments

Candy MakingHave you been trying to think of ways to add more homemade items to your goody bags? With many people trying to cut costs, they are deciding to try making their own treats rather than purchasing premade candies. This allows them to give more tasty treats, and focus on fun, themed novelty toys for each bag, allowing kids to go home with lots of goodies they can enjoy at home. Since every parent knows that candy is an important part of any kid's event, they decide rather than forgoing candy to make their own.  While making candy at home may sound challenging, it is actually quite easy, especially with all the different candy molds and recipes that can be found for free online!

Dinosaur LollipopsHomemade Candy vs Buying Candy

Let's face it, there are lots of adorable themed candies on the market. You can find anything from adorable animal shaped gummies to dinosaur shaped suckers. The problem with many of the candies, however, is that they can be pricy, especially if you are having lots of children at your event. This usually means that parents have to decide what to cut from their goody bags, which usually includes candy. While this may sound sad to begin with, it is actually not as bad as it seems. Along with many of the homemade recipes being easy to make, parents can pour the candy as its cooling into molds shaping it into different animals or shapes to suit the party theme. Best of all, by making their own candies, parents can ensure even children with allergies are able to enjoy all the treats in their goodie bags!

Candy Themed Favor BoxesHomemade Candy: Recipes

With so many different candies out there, parents can make just about anything for kids. Knowing that some parents need some extra help though when it comes to making candy for the first time, we included some of our favorite candy recipes that can be found online for free. Best of all, these homemade candy recipes are very easy to make!

Homemade Candy: Wrappers, Boxes, & Containers

One of the other fun things about making your own candy is being able to decorate and wrap the candy any way you like. Some family's use fancy themed wrappers for candies, while others use themed boxes that are designed especially for candy or cupcakes. Best of all, most party sites have a large selection of different types of candy containers, allowing adults to be creative when it comes to displaying or handing out the candy items. With the right containers, kids will be even more excited to try the fun, homemade candy at your next party!

Make Your Own T-Shirt

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. September 25, 2013 373 Views 3 comments

Looking for a fun weekend craft project do with the kids? For many kids, nothing is more fun than sitting down with mom and doing a fun craft project, especially if it is something they can wear when they are finished. Probably one of the most fun projects for a mother-daughter team is making their own girly t-shirts. This inexpensive craft project can be as simple or complicated as parents want, allowing children to try create a piece of wearable artwork on their very own t-shirt. Before starting, you just need to get your supplies together ahead of time to make sure that once you start your fun t-shirt project, you won't be interrupted!

 

Make Your Own T-Shirt: Supplies

While making a girly t-shirt with the kids can be a very fun projects, they do take a bit of planning. It is more than just going to your local craft store or party site. Before starting, you should have a plan and make a list of the supplies you need. Having a list together also allows you to shop for the best prices on supplies. You will find that while you may have to wait, many party sites online are cheaper than the craft stores, allowing you to get more supplies for the money. Of course, the cost of supplies will completely depend on the type of t-shirt you are planning on making and how much attention you want to put on each t-shirt. A t-shirt personalized by coloring a decal usually won't take as much time as something uniquely detailed, like a tie-dyed shirt with gemstones and shaped rhinestones.

 

Make Your Own T-Shirt: Fabric Paint & Markers

When many of us think of making our own t-shirts, our thoughts immediately go to tie-dying dyes,  iron-on decals and rhinestones. Even though these are a must for many projects, many people forget that fabric paints and markers are also just as important for designing your own t-shirts. These paints allow girls to add their own unique touches to t-shirts. With these tools, girls can color in decals, as well as draw their own pictures on shirts. Some girls even love writing their own inspiring messages on t-shirts, one more way to make their t-shirts truly unique. Best of all, fabric paint and markers are fairly inexpensive, allowing parents to buy a variety of colors for a relatively low price!

 

Make Your Own T-Shirt & Other Projects

What is better than making your own t-shirt? Making a matching tote bag, of course! Many of the same craft supplies you use to make your own t-shirts can be used on bags as well, allowing girls to carry their books and other toys in personalized style. When looking at these bags, make sure to go with something that is washable, since these bags are likely going to need washing if they go to schools and other places. Either way, girls will love being able to show off their fun t-shirt and bags they made with Mommy.

Candy Centerpieces

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. September 25, 2013 368 Views No comments

Are you having a hard time trying to find the perfect centerpieces for your party? When it comes to themed parties, it's sometimes hard finding that centerpiece that not only stands out, but is actually useful. One way that people are saving money on centerpieces and adding more color to their party tables is with candy centerpieces. By using candy centerpieces, you can inexpensively make your own centerpieces without a lot of time or effort, and are likely to 'wow' your guests with these fun, edible centerpieces. The trick is just finding the right combination of candies and containers to make sure that your centerpiece truly stands out!

 

Candy Centerpieces: Lollipops

While many people don't really consider it, lollipops are a great way to color to any table without a great deal of effort.  Many decorators love using old fashioned, large swirl lollipops as part of table centerpieces since they are both eye catching, and come in just about every color. This is important since it means that these lollipops can go with just about any color scheme, allowing you to make your party table fun, or even elegant with the right sucker combinations. Usually, these lollipops are placed in vase like containers, with some form of accent candy in the container to keep them in place.

 

Candy Centerpieces: Accent Candy

Rather than spend money on expensive marbles or beads for centerpieces, many designers are instead going with colored candies. Unlike beads, these candies can be eaten during the event if guests desire, allowing them to have a sweet treat after a meal, or even a nice piece of chocolate in a fun colored wrapper. The main purpose of these accent colors is to put more emphasis on the lollipops and help keep the actual lollipops in place. To help add extra attention to the candies, some decorators and crafters also tie ribbons around the tops of the containers, allowing the colors to stand out and also add an extra touch of elegance to each of the centerpieces.

 

Candy Centerpieces: Ideas

One of the best parts of making candy centerpieces is that you can really do just about anything and fit them with just about any event. While lollipops are quite possibly the most popular choice, the design of the centerpiece itself mostly depends on your own creativity. On Pinterest, you can find centerpieces that include flowers and a variety of candies depending on the actual theme of your party. You can even design them to fit perfectly as holiday decorations by using Christmas candies, or even Halloween candies to give a fun, seasonal and festive look to your event. Just make certain you plan ahead to make sure you have the right variety of candies. As well, before buying the candies at your nearest local store, do some price and comparison shopping! Often, you can buy the candies online, and most party retailers have more candies available to fit many different color schemes.

Some Simple Ideas For Throwing A Princess Party

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. August 16, 2013 334 Views No comments

Every little girl wants to be a princess. So when her birthday comes around, smart Moms and Dads know the best way to make it really special, is to have a princess birthday party. Here are a few ideas to make it a fun and unique event:

1. Every princess needs a palace, so first we must decorate the house! You can get pink sparkle tulle rolls and garland the tulle along the walls and tables. Tie big bows on the back of the chairs. Remember, the more girly and frilly the better. Next, place some inflatable unicorns, frogs and butterflies around to give the house the feel of an enchanted palace. You can give these away as prizes during the party. Groups of pink and purple balloons add a lot of visual punch and create a party atmosphere. I love placing plastic "glass slippers" filled with candy or other treats at each girl's place setting!

2. Now we need food and treats! No matter what you choose to serve, little girls especially love the special touches that reflect the princess theme. Sandwiches or other foods can be cut out with princess themed cookie cutters. A really fun idea is to place pink rock candy in little treasure chest shaped favor boxes. Now each princess has her jewels! Lollipops in the shape of roses, flowers, frogs, stars or tiaras will complement your theme as well. Bubble gum shaped coins can be used as treasure in a centerpiece or on a side table. Of course, the cake should be shaped like a palace. Make sure to ask the baker to tint the cake pink on the inside. Another unique touch is to serve pink hot chocolate as a special princess beverage.

3. Another important element for a good princess party is the costumes. Give each girl an inexpensive tiara and wand as a party favor. If you want to go all out, give them each a ribbon tutu, as well. The little girls will have great fun dressing themselves, each other and showing off their princess style. Don't forget to take pictures!

4. Next we need favor bags for the princesses to take home and enjoy. Rather than the usual gift bags, how about cute little purses that say "Princess" on them? Inside you can add sparkle body glitter, cute beaded jewelry, over sized jeweled rings and sparkling body stickers.

5. Plan some great age-appropriate activities to entertain your little guests. Children love a simple treasure hunt; hide plastic jewelry around the party room or in the yard. Pin the crown on the princess games are available and are sure to make everyone laugh. Guests could make their own princess wands or crowns using craft store supplies or princess craft kits. Hang a pinata shaped as a castle, dragon or tiara! How cute and fun!

6. Don't forget there may be a prince or two at this party, so you might want to have a few prince crowns, swords and shields to delight them. You might even want an inflatable dragon for a prince to conquer!

Now you know how to throw a GREAT princess party. Be creative and enjoy!!!