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One of my all-time favorite birthday party favors was an individualized placemat that had each child's name imprinted. It was personalized, different and best of all, affordable. A DIY project for any parent on a shoestring budget. Modern Twist adds a slight twist to the traditional placemat by invoking creativity... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2011 at mint & chip
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Posted Aug 25, 2011 at mint & chip
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More artisanal than any apple a jealous witch ever concocted, these plump, apple cupcakes are sure to entice your guests. If you're planning on a Snow White-themed party, the menagerie of unexpected ingredients - mini doughnuts, Airheads and Tootsie Rolls - will surprise those mini taste buds with a sweet... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2011 at mint & chip
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With Halloween lurking right around the corner, there's no better way to greet the holiday than with a costume birthday party. If you're searching for a theme, consider Harry Potter, which incorporates all of the festive requisite props like brooms, pointed hats and goblets, not to mention a very simple... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2011 at mint & chip
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Who knew that paper could add such dimension to a party? These affordable DIY paper wedding projects, courtesy of Martha Stewart, lends itself perfectly to a child's birthday party. In the first picture, a piece of scrapbooking paper was utilized to create a place mat. The cut out pop-up triangle... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2011 at mint & chip
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Elegance reigned at this animal-themed soiree. Miles' parents went the distance setting up their son's one-year-old birthday party with minimalistic decor, choice of groomed stuffed animals and use of faux tree trunks for dessert stands. I've never seen Curious George look more regal than he does sitting atop that head... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at mint & chip
If you decide to create a birthday slideshow in Animoto, you will notice immediately that Animoto does not allow you to choose multiple songs for your slideshow. Not to despair, there's a loophole. You simply need to join two or more tracks into one big MP3 file (under 10 MB).... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at mint & chip
By far the single most time consuming element was creating the slideshow. I know a slideshow at a baby's first birthday party might be considered unnecessary, even overkill, but once I got started, there was no stopping. Besides, it forced me organize the inordinate amount of pictures taken over the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2011 at mint & chip
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To my spare but VIR (very important readers) out there, I apologize for the long absence. But my hiatus is due to none other than my daughter's big first birthday bash, which happened this past Sunday. And now that it's over, I can devote my time to annotating the fun... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at mint & chip
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With a plethora of resources at our finger tips, now we can add a personal touch - and artistry - to a child's birthday party with these art-quality canvas pictures and you don't need a creative bone in your body to do it. Image Canvas will print any static picture... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at mint & chip
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{Pictures courtesy of Hostessblog.com} Remember those paper fans we used to fold as little kids? Who knew that overlaying 50 of them could form such a beautiful backdrop. These paper folded rosettes in various sizes and paper designs are so chic yet child-friendly. It's like staring at a kaleidoscope of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at mint & chip
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Look who's two! Even with balloons and cakes, it's easy for the birthday milestone to flow right past your child who may be to little to comprehend how special their big day is. I never understood why parents put their young babies in birthday outfits, but now that I have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2011 at mint & chip
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Designing a charming baby's first birthday party on a dime is a timely investment -- but it can be done. The proof is jaw-dropping and drool-worthy: A combination of savvy choices and Martha Stewart-esque craftiness made all of this happen for under $500. Here are the highlights: 1. Venue: Kariss'... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2011 at mint & chip
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Strewn about in baby's birthday parties and weddings are the new "it" decor: festooned branches. They've probably grazed your head once or twice I'm sure. Bundled, bunched, encased, bejeweled and spray painted, these enchanting arms extend a helping hand at children's birthday parties: they're perfect for hanging your little one's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2011 at mint & chip
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Restaurants and banquet halls can run on the pricey end for a party with streamers. After calling a dozen restaurants, country clubs, performing art centers and banquet halls in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area, I was decided on having Chloe's big doljanchi (1st birthday party) at my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at mint & chip
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Is it OK to have a birthday gift registry? On the one hand, a birthday registry will make it easier for guests who are clueless on what to get your little one for his / her birthday. But the blunt, "Registered at .... " may come off presumptuous and "tacky"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2011 at mint & chip
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This just in. My magnet invitations / save-the-date from Vistaprint arrived today! Initially, I didn't consider magnets as an option for birthday invitations. Just figured they'd cost more. But Vistaprint is an affordable printing machine. The magnet invitations ended up being cheaper; the initial card stock design I chose was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at mint & chip
The slideshow is one of the most entertaining elements at a baby's birthday party. And choosing the right music is just as critical for creating an entertaining slideshow as culling good pictures. The most popular baby's first birthday slideshow song at the parties I've been to is, without a doubt,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at mint & chip
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Cupcakes may have laid their claim to fame at birthday parties with their diminutive figures and sprinkles of charm. But there are plenty of tots-sized desserts with stage presence and I wanted spotlight one in particular. Le Petit Cheesecake, a Los Angeles-based small mom and pop online bakery, specializes in... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2011 at mint & chip
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Party ahoy! I knew I found me some booty when I discovered this pirate-themed party by Boutique Affairs. Like the famed Tom Sweeney, a party of this detail and planning requires a serious appreciation for raspberry-rum-suckling (see pictures) good company. A"very big hit with the boys," this theme is both... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2011 at mint & chip
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Coloring has never been more fun - or safe! Made from 100 percent Crayola crayons, these non-toxic molded crayons from LilDoodlers work to inspire creativity before the first line is drawn. With over 340 unique designs, from mustaches to yes, even ice-creams, these crayons would make memorable favors for any... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at mint & chip
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Part of the traditional requisites of a Korean Doljanchi (first birthday party) is the custom outfit called a Hanbok. Since my mom, who lives in Seoul, can't take an active role in party planning, I let her be in charge of buying the Hanbok from the motherland for a fraction... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2011 at mint & chip
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"There was no theme!" quipped Aaden's mom about her son's first birthday party. Incorporated was a melange of a few of her favorite things. Hydrangeas, who could deny. Her ravenous appetite for fruits, especially while she was pregnant with Aaden. And accents of punctuated polk-a-dots rounded up the tastefully decorated... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2011 at mint & chip
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Is it appropriate to serve alcohol at a child's birthday party? It's a question I've been contemplating myself while planning my daughter's first birthday party. Curious, I surfed the web for perspectives and was surprised to find that this issue is as contentious as gay marriage. Many people are decidedly... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2011 at mint & chip
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Whether you're creating your own invitations or party favors, a good photo editing platform is indispensible when planing for your little one's party. Good thing there are free online services! The only headache is knowing which one to choose with so many out there. Based on my party planning needs,... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2011 at mint & chip