Monthly Archives: October 2013

  • Party Favor and Décor Ideas for a Stuffable Animal Birthday Party

    pig farm stuffable animal for birthday partyWhen you're planning a stuffable animal themed party, you have a few options for your setting. Some parents opt for one animal choice, to avoid fighting over specific animals, while others prefer offering an array of options to the kids. If you wanted to go for a particular theme, then you could choose a few options that relate to it. Alternatively, if you want to keep it generic, you could offer a wide variety of animal styles.

    If you have a myriad of animals, you can go with an overall farm animal theme. This is probably the easier option, as it gives you more options for party favors, snacks, and games. Go with the color red, it's often associated with barns. Give the setting a farm feel with cornstalks and hay bales.

    If you want to go the other way, and keep everything the same, choose an animal that you can work with.  For example, if you offer one choice, opt for a bear. Your child could have almost any theme decorations, and a stuffed bear section would make sense; it is versatile.

    Regardless of the decor and theme, your party will need favors. Offer animal shaped treats or cookies as snacks to take home, this is a good idea for favors because they're already taking home their stuffed animal, so a snack feels like a new treat AND it's cost effective. We can't promise other parents will love you for feeding their kids sugar, and then sending them home with sugar, but you'll be the coolest parent ever.

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  • History & Interesting Facts about the Teddy Bear

    Teddy's Bear

    teddy bear stuffed animal birthda giftMorris Michtom might not have foreseen his invention of stuffed bears becoming a staple for our childhood, but he knew this was a great idea. Placing two bears in his store window, his toy store quickly hosted a plethora of interested customers. Mitchtom requested permission from Theodore Roosevelt to call the bears "Teddy's bears", as "Teddy" was Roosevelt's nickname. It's rumored that Michtom wanted to remind people of Roosevelt's compassion, specifically the day he decided shooting an unconscious bear (tied to a tree) was unsportsman like; he put the bear out of misery peacefully. This act gained a lot of love and respect from Americans. Now, any story that starts like that is one worth telling.

    The first teddy bear went on sale in 1903, but there's so much more to this companion than dates and facts. The teddy bear becomes special when we add our own personal experiences in with its own rich history. As the first of two Teddy Bears resides at the National Museum of American History, encourage your child to keep his or her teddy when done with it, and explain why. It may already be family tradition to pass down a Teddy, but if not, you can start now. Whatever bear style you choose, just remember to love it, and the rest will come naturally. When you pass it on to children and grandchildren, their friendship with it will fill you with an amount of love you didn't even know existed. One of the best parts of becoming a parent is sharing with your kids, the things you loved as a child.

    Interesting Teddy Bear Facts

    • The first time bears appeared in the literal sense was in the 1834 tale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" by Robert Southey.
    • Bear toys existed, though not in stuffed form, and were called Bruins.
    • In 1924, Disney's Alice and the Three Bears was the first color-animated film about teddy bears!
    • Wendy Boston changed lives in 1954, when she invented a washable teddy bear! Go Wendy! We bet you would have loved Teddy needs a Bath!

     

     

     

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  • Five Great Ways to Spoil Your Birthday Boy or Girl

    By the time your son or daughter is in the tween years, you're bound to start running out of creative gifts. To continue your reign as "parent of the year", you'll have to outdo yourself every year (which can get exhausting).

    Gather ideas from Pinterest, meet with friends, or hit up eHow for an array if handmade DIY gift ideas. They're sentimental, cost effective, and fun to make. Or, you can look at a few ideas that other parents love on forums and online communities

     Go Feral

    cat purse gift for young girls birthday party
    Animal prints and character purses are hot items with the pre-teen crowd. Opt for something like a stuffed animal purse, or an animal print clothing item.

    Let the Customization Begin

    Younger kids love to create things, especially when it comes to personalizing their toys, clothes, and living area. Red Envelope has fun, interactive pillows where kids can create characters and dress them, right on the pillow. Our guess is, this gift would take the fight right out of bedtime; it’s play-until-you-fall-asleep fun!

    Get fun Props for the Party Theme

    Photo Props from Paper Source always make for a silly and exciting time! Look for things that match the theme of the party. For example, if you were doing pirates, this Captain Hat & Beard would make a great party favor for guests to wear around!

    Friendship Bracelets

    Kids, particularly girls, love to honor and celebrate their friendship with matching bracelets, necklaces or scarves. Consider something like DIY projects where everyone can make two bracelets; be sure to tell everyone to give their item away after the party, to avoid any hurt feelings.

    American Girl Dolls and/or Accessories

    american girl doll clothing items and knockoff accessoriesA few weeks ago, we went in depth about our new collection of clothes that fit American Girl Dolls and other 18'' dolls. These dolls are huge with younger girls, preteens, and girls often keep them as collectables when they outgrow them.If your intended has an American Girl Doll, a unique outfit, sports uniform, or cute sundress would be a wonderful gift.

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