Willy Wonka Themed 1st Birthday

Last month, we celebrated Carter’s 1st birthday at Max Brenner with a colorful Willy Wonka theme! I was SO thrilled when Carter’s mom secured our services last November. I loved the theme and knew it would be a challenge. I think everything came together beautifully and it was definitely a fun and sugary event for all.

Thank you to Deacon Tyler of F-Sequence for capturing all of the details!


Party planning/design, centerpieces, candy cake: Little Posh Parties
Venue: Max Brenner Restaurant
Photography: Deacon Tyler of F-Sequence
Printed Menus: Mimi’s Dollhouse
Birthday Cake and Smash Cake: Chef Teddy of M. Antoinette
Candy Station: Hello Kandy

Mickey Mouse Themed 2nd Birthday

This March, we celebrated Max’s 2nd birthday party at Max Brenner, the chocolate themed restaurant inside the Forum Shops. It was a Mickey Mouse inspired party and I had fun working on all of the little details. We had a black, red, yellow, and white color scheme.

The cake and favors were created by Peridot Sweets, centerpieces were designed by Naakiti Floral Design. Guests were transported to the Forum Shops from their hotel by a bus by Earth Limos.

Thank you to Jeniffer LaRocca Photography for taking photos of Max’s birthday party!

Venue: Max Brenner
Overall Party Design, “Max” Letter Sign, Welcome Bags: Little Posh Parties
Photography: Jeniffer LaRocca Photography
Rentals: Rebel Party Rentals
Stationery: Papercut Invites
Cake and Cookie Favors: Peridot Sweets
Centerpieces: Naakiti Floral Design
Transportation: Earth Limos

 

Gifts To Give at a Baby Shower

Guest Post by Hillary Farr

Gifts to give at a baby shower

Whether you are a relative or a friend, baby showers can be plenty of fun! Everyone loves to see all the adorable and unique items that are now available for a newborn and the new parents. Here are 10 great gifts to give at a baby shower, no matter who you are.

  1. The Boppy: What started out as a simple idea has turned into a “must have” for every new mom. Boppy now offers an entire line of to fit every need. From a prenatal pillow to help mommy be more comfortable to nursing and lounging pillows, Boppy pillows are both high quality and mommy will think of you every time she uses it.
  2. Tracker Watch: There are many ways to track the day-to-day tasks of taking care of your baby, but the newest trend is more convenient and fashionable! Benbini offers a watch, that was created by two moms, which will help your mom-to-be track time of feeding, when they gave their baby the last dose of their medicine, or a simpler task such as nap-time!
  3. Baby crib: While it may seem like a big item for a shower, a baby crib is the perfect gift to give from the soon-to-be grandparents. The crib is by far one of the most important items for a new family, so it only makes sense that it come from a family member. Check out the variety at Bambi Baby to find a perfect baby crib for your new grandchild!
  4. Infant car seat: Before the newly expanded family can leave the hospital, they must have a safe and size-appropriate car seat installed for their new baby. This is another item that is a perfect gift to give from the grandparents! While you are at Bambi Baby ­looking at the baby cribs, ­why not check out their car seats as well? It is important to look for a car seat that can accommodate the small size of a newborn, but can adjusted as the baby grows.
  5. Vera Bradley: Anyone who loves Vera Bradley will be happy to know they have launched an entire line for mommy and baby! There are so many compartments for your baby’s needs and yours too! A Vera Bradley diaper bag for mommy with a portable changing pad and plenty of other storage space will be a great gift to give!
  6. iBaby Monitor: Baby monitors have become quite technologically advanced. Many have the ability to provide video and can even pick up a baby’s breath and motions from several hundred feet away. Once the baby stays in the crib at night in another room from mom and dad, the iBaby Monitor from Apple will give parents peace of mind.
  7. Baby booties: It is just natural to look for a hand-made gift when shopping for a baby shower. These sneaker-style baby booties are crocheted by hand and you will definitely score points for such a unique gift!
  8. Bouncy seat: A bouncy seat is a great way to have a baby safely entertained so mom and dad can get a chore or two in or even sit and take a rest! Babies come to love their bouncy seats as a way to wiggle around and play with the activities hanging overhead. It will definitely become a go-to item for parents!
  9. Baby Gund:  As the saying goes…gotta getta Gund! This Gund bear plays soft nature sounds to help lull the new baby to sleep. Every baby needs a teddy bear for their very own and this bear is just perfect!
  10. Eco-Friendly Products: New parents are more eco-friendly than ever before. Buying organic and all-natural products has been trending for years now and is becoming more and more of a norm. The Honest Co. values the healthy lifestyle that many young families are choosing to be a part of. Your friend that is a mommy to be will absolutely love the bundles that the Honest Co. has to offer with their non-toxic and safe supplies.

LoveBug Valentine’s Dinner

Back in February, Bon Chef Cafe and Little Posh Parties joined forces to put together a little Valentine’s Day dinner. The idea was that you can take your children with you to a family Valentine’s dinner. Our event was so much fun! And if you’re a parent in Las Vegas to little ones, be sure to check out Bon Chef Cafe. There is a cute little kids corner in the restaurant!

Thank you to DragonFly Portrait Design for taking photos, the Wood Connection for providing the centerpieces and crafts, and Peridot Sweets for the adorable cookie favors.

 

Twinkled Pink Tea

During the holidays, we put together a holiday tea party for little girls. We chose a light pink and gold color scheme so Tiffany from Peridot Sweets thought of the adorable name, “Twinkled Pink Tea“. It was perfect!

The moms and little girls enjoyed delicious tea sandwiches, scones, tea, and salad which were provided by Dane from Simple Elegance. During the meal, we had Christmas carolers – a quartet – from a local high school! It was a nice little treat!

All of the cute desserts and cake pop favors were provided by Peridot Sweets. Tiffany was also a big help in putting this event together since we collaborated on all of the ideas and overall design! I can”t thank her enough!

And, we can”t have a fancy tea party without fine China. So, , a vintage dish rental company provided all of the beautiful tea pots, tea cups, plates and flatware. We also wanted a beautiful printed menu on top of the plates so I reached out to Paper and Home and asked Brooke to design a round menu.  I think everything came together beautifully and the girls and moms really enjoyed this experience!

Thank you so much to Jeniffer LaRocca for taking these beautiful photos.

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Thank you so much to my sister, Angelica, and Ashley for all of their assistance with set up and serving our guests!

Photography: Jeniffer LaRocca

Party Planning, Centerpieces, Napkins and Decor: Little Posh Parties
Desserts, Hot Chocolate, Favors: Peridot Sweets
Tea Sandwiches, Scones, Tea: Simple Elegance
Vintage Dish Rentals: 
Printed Menus: Paper and Home
Table Linen: Rebel Party Rentals

Pregnancy Announcements

Pregnant women are getting extremely creative with their pregnancy announcements to friends and family. I’m surrounded by friends who have recently posted really creative pregnancy announcements on Facebook. One of my friends even created a really funny video! I love the below photos of some cute ideas.

If you’re pregnant or recently had a baby, did you announce your pregnancy in a creative way?

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Source: PB&J Stories

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Christmas pregnancy announcement: Source

 

LoveBug Dinner – Valentine’s Day Family Dinner

Bon Chef Cafe and Little Posh Parties are teaming up for a little Valentine’s day family dinner. Enjoy a lovely meal at Bon Chef Cafe with your kids!

Location: Bon Chef Cafe
Address: 10720 S. Eastern Ave. Henderson, NV 89052
Date/Time: Friday February 15th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Attire: Red, Black, White

The evening will include:

  • 4 Course Dinner + Kid-Friendly Meal
  • Kid’s Valentine Craft by Wood Connection
  • Professional Family Photograph Opportunity through Dragonfly Portrait Design
  • Take-home Valentine’s Favor
  • Dancing Optional / Memories Guaranteed

To Purchase Tickets, Go To:
www.littleposhparties.com – see right hand side right under the search bar
www.bonchefcafe.com

Adults: $28/each
Children: $15/each
Tickets must be purchased ahead of time and will be available only through 02/11/2013

Gender Reveal Parties

Gender reveal parties are getting more and more common these days and couples are planning really fun and creative ways to celebrate the occasion with their loved ones. I personally opted to find out the news and share that special moment with only my husband and would not have changed that experience for anything. But an alternative to the gender reveal party could have been to find out together in private and then revealed it to close friends and family in the form of a party like the below examples. Any excuse for a party, right?

Anyway, I found some fun parties around the web and they’re not all pink and blue! I’m a bit infatuated with the New Year’s Eve party.

Image source: Party stylist Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio for Pottery Barn Kids

Black and Gold Gender Reveal Party photo credit: Jasmine at IDEA! event + style via Pizzazzerie

New Year’s Eve Gender Reveal Party photo credit: Indianapoluxe (the Mommy to be) via Hostess Blog

Game On gender reveal party: Graphic Design/Styling: Modern Moments Designs; Photography: Courtney Jade Photography; Girl & Boy Buttons: Paging Super Mom via Hostess Blog

Yellow Gender Reveal Party: Planning and Design by Erin Suarez via On To Baby

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Here’s to a prosperous and healthy new year! Cheers!

How do you plan on celebrating with your kids? I think we plan on celebrating on east coast time – drinking sparkling cider (Champagne for me) and probably banging on pots and pans when the clock strikes midnight!

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Spotlight on Enchanted Encounters

Today, I wanted to introduce Enchanted Encounters. I met Lisa Coruzzi by chance at a recent Project Dinner Table event at the Smith Center. My bride for next February works for Gaia Flowers and she extended an invitation to me.  I was thrilled to be able to join her. Lisa knows my bride from Gaia Flowers so I met her that evening!

Below is Lisa’s story and how she came to developing the idea for Enchanted Encounters.

Enchanted Encounters is a new local cause in Las Vegas created by two young visionaries, Lisa Coruzzi and Saliha Lezha. Saliha is a nursing student at the College of Southern Nevada. Lisa studies Integrated Marketing Communications at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Despite their differences in paths, they’ve always had two things in common: compassion towards children and an admiration of Disney and what it stands for. These common interests fused with Lisa’s business-marketing oriented mindset and Saliha’s compassionate desire of some day going into Pediatrics.

As a result, a great idea was born. 

Upon generating this idea with Saliha (Snow White), Lisa (Belle) immediately shared it with a contact she had made during her marketing position with Gaia Flowers. Her name is Cathie France (Custom Gowns by Cathie). Cathie was known for creating beautiful custom wedding gowns, and was thrilled at the idea of expanding her experience from Brides, to Princesses. From there, the idea came to be.

Enchanted Encounters currently consists of its two founders, Belle and Snow White, as well as Pocahontas, Cinderella, Ariel, Tiana, and still growing. 

The goal of Enchanted Encounters is to bring the fairytale experience to children in the community who cannot necessarily make it out to Disney Land to see their favorite characters that they so admire. It could be because they can’t afford to, are prone to illness, or simply cannot leave their hospital bedsides or treatments. So, we bring the experience to them to prove that dreams really do come true and anything really is possible. Whether at a non-profit event benefiting children, or right along their bedsides at the local Hospitals, the Enchanted Princesses will be there to lighten up these children’s spirits despite everything they are going through. Because every child deserves a fairytale. 

“Having had several visits with all kinds of children now, I can assure you that these children give me far more than I give them. Their positive spirits, warm hugs, and larger-than-life smiles have raised my own spirits and provide me with an escape from the hardships and negativity that exists in our everyday reality. Don’t thank me for what I do, these children are my light.” – Lisa Coruzzi, Belle

The Enchanted Princesses are always looking to make new friends. If you have or know of a local non-profit cause benefiting children, or have a child of your own who is underprivileged, call Lisa at (702) 738-7778, or email lisa@enchantedencounters.org to schedule a Princess visit. To learn more about Enchanted Encounters, visit them at Facebook.com/enchantedencountersNV.

 

Photographer Spotlight: Jeniffer LaRocca Photography

Because of my line of work as a wedding and party planner, I’m so blessed to have many photographer friends in my life. I’ve known Jeniffer LaRocca for quite some time now. We’ve worked plenty of weddings together while she was working for Digs Studio.

When Jeniffer branched off on her own, she reached out to me to help spread the word. We decided to do my daughter’s first birthday portraits with Jeniffer and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. We chose UNLV as the setting since we’re UNLV alumni and I really wasn’t interested in desert or park photos. Jeniffer is absolutely AMAZING with children. My daughter is shy and doesn’t smile for photos often and Jeniffer was able to capture so many beautiful photos that I will cherish for a lifetime.

Be on the lookout for our feature on our Twinkled Pink Tea. Jeniffer was our official event photographer!

Check out Jeniffer on Facebook.
website: Jeniffer LaRocca Photography

The Ice Rink at BLVD Social Club

I love ice skating. I think it”s beautiful, it”s relaxing, and it really makes me feel like we”re in the middle of the holidays. To me, ice skating and the holidays go hand in hand. Kind of like hot cocoa and s”mores.

I read about the Cosmopolitan building an ice rink awhile back and really wanted to go. When YELP put together an event, I decided to take my daughter to it! I rarely venture out to the Strip on a Friday night, much less with my two year old daughter but I just couldn”t pass up this opportunity. When we arrived that night, I was unsure about whether or not we would skate especially since my toddler has never tried it before! But, once we saw the orange seals available for rent, we knew we had to go! It had been a particularly rough week for me and it”s amazing how skating on that ice with the view of the Las Vegas Strip just melted all of my stress away. My daughter also enjoyed it so much and it was tough finally getting her off the ice.

On my second visit, I met a friend there with her three year old daughter while they were visiting from California and we decided to try the tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich. It was THE most delicious grilled cheese and tomato soup combo I”ve ever tasted. We also indulged in some marshmallow roasting at the nearby fire pit and made s”mores. It was such a fun experience being able to skate and enjoy these treats with our daughters.

Those who cannot or choose not to skate can still have a good time there. There are plenty of picnic tables for lounging, a full bar, a delicious menu, hot cocoa, and that fire pit I mentioned. Oh, and they have a signature cocktail named The Campfire Delight which consists of toasted marshmallow syrup, chocolate and rum.

If you haven”t been there, please visit before they close the rink mid January.

Pricing:
Skate Rental: $5.
An all-day skate pass: $15 ($10 for locals).
Seal scooters (parents can push their children on these): $5 per rental.
Admission to the area surrounding The Ice Rink is free.

Photos By: Denise Truscell. Taken from the Cosmopolitan Facebook page

Family Friendly Restaurant: Bon Chef Cafe

A friend recently told me about Bon Chef Cafe, a new restaurant that opened up in our neighborhood in Henderson that caters to families with young children. It is family owned and operated and is a very cozy yet spacious restaurant. I spoke to one of the owners recently who mentioned that they wanted to create a family friendly restaurant with a play area because they remembered how stressful it was to dine in restaurants when their children were little.

While I admit that we don”t have a tough time like some other parents of toddlers (we”ve been taking her to nice restaurants since she was an infant and she LOVES to eat), it”s nice to have a restaurant around the corner for when I don”t feel like cooking and cleaning and my daughter is just a bit crankier than usual. The only down side for us is that she doesn”t eat as much when she”s there because she loves the play area!

Bon Chef Cafe is also available for catering as well as holiday dinner-to-go options!

Polar Express Train Ride

A few weeks ago, my sister and I along with our husbands and kids took a road trip to Williams, Arizona to board the Polar Express Train. The Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express is based on the classic children’s book. The one hour train ride took us on a journey to the “North Pole”. We were served hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the story. At the end of the journey, Santa Claus was there to greet us!

The train leaves each night at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For more details on ticket prices and to book your train ride, please visit their website.