80s Party Essentials

Milestone birthdays always seem like the perfect time to do a era-theme party. As a recent milestone celebrant, we had to throw our own throwback shindig, going as far back as the 80s (sounding like a dinosaur now). I listen to 80s music all the time, but it's quite different and amazing to have all…

One of the Best Kids Parties

What a lovely surprise! Thank you Apartment Therapy for including my daughter's Totoro party on your Best Kids Parties list. When you need inspiration for entertaining young party revelers, this is the place to visit. You'll find more creative party ideas than you'll know what to do with, so keep a notebook of your favorites.…

Apartment Therapy

I'm thrilled that Apartment Therapy chose Audrey's garden-themed birthday party for their Best Kids Parties page. Thank you Dabney for finding us! For more party inspiration, be sure to check out their growing list of kids parties. You might also enjoy these birthday parties: Totoro part I + part II | Ninjago | Harry Potter | Enchanted Fairy

Enchanted Birthday Highlights

My daughter says she's too old for fairy parties but was thrilled to help her cousin turn 5 at her enchanted birthday celebration. While I helped with food, she constructed some pattern for the water + straw display that had me thinking Martha-in-training (especially when she dismissed my suggestion of putting the bottles in simple…

Part II: Totoro Birthday Party

Two weeks after invitations were sent, our playroom was abuzz with girls cutting felt, melting glue, and stitching hems. As you can see, my daughter's 8th birthday revolved around the Cat Bus in Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro, but we had a few props here and there from his other films. Thankfully, I had lots of sewing help…

Part I: Totoro Birthday Party

Amidst all the holiday madness, I'm planning a Hayao Miyazaki theme 8th birthday party for my daughter. She's had her heart set on one since, believe it or not, January! While we love all his movies, finding a fun movie-related activity was a challenge. My Neighbor Totoro seemed to offer more in the area of arts…

Harry Potter Party

A collection of wizard hats, racing brooms, magical sticks, and voilà! it's a Harry Potter party. This weekend, my daughter and I attended an 8th birthday party and, while many parents dropped off their child, I felt compelled to stay after seeing all the decorations and feeling the energy growing in my friend's backyard. Thankfully,…