8 Tips To Host the Best Back-To-School Bash

Back-to-school season is exciting for a whole host of reasons:  parents get their time back, kids see their school friends again, everyone buys something new, and you look forward to a brand new start.  Why not mark the occasion with a back-to-school bash they’ll never forget?  That’s what we at Fab Kids did in NYC with our friends and followers!  Once families were settled into their new routines, we gathered everyone up at the NY Kids Club which offered their fun padded, play space, arts and crafts room and incredibly helpful staff.  And we got GEEKY!  Here are 8 tips on how to host the best back-to-school bash that your friends have ever seen!

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  1.  Send a themed invite. Choose a scholastic image that you want to carry throughout your party. For instance, our rainbow colored pencils from the invite were found as cookies at the event on a rainbow colored dessert table.  The rainbow color theme was also found in the photo booth garlands, numbers, alphabets and balloons throughout the space.  Invite text included phrases with lots of alliteration such as, “brainiac book swap, dorky dance-a-thon, and NYC nerds.”  Make it fun, descriptive, and enticing!  It sets the tone!  Get your guests excited!colored pencil invite, back to school invite
  2. Dress up!  Fab Kids events always have a fun fashion theme.  For this one, we encouraged everyone to get geeky by posting inspiration photos in our social media and eblasts. (search #fab_nerd on IG if you want to see)  And we offered prizes for ‘best dressed.’ I love having dress-up themes for events becomes they become an automatic ice breaker on-site.  Plus it encourages creativity and whimsy from all the guests making the event something special to look forward to.  Plus the pictures…  can we say, ‘Instagram-able?’how to host a nerd party, how to plan a nerd party, kids nerd party, kids back to school party, geek chic
  3. Host a book swap.  I’m a big fan of re-cycling and re-using what you have.  And I believe one person’s trash can be another person’s treasure.  We encouraged each Brainiac to bring in a book they’ve outgrown or gotten bored of and swap it for another gently used book.  We actually had so many to giveaway from our own bookshelf that each child walked away with 2 new books!  The book swap had the additional side effect of adding a fun community feel to the event.back to school, back to school party, back to school bash, preschool books
  4. Prepare arts and crafts for the whole family to try.  For our themed activity, the little ones created masterpieces on composition books provided by one of our sponsors, Ba Ba Bling.  I provided alphabet stickers, scholastic-looking, scrapbook paper, and school stickers for the little hands to decorate with.  The older kids enjoyed making bead bracelets and necklaces with colorful string and alphabet beads. Parents created mock certificates, filling in the space for their children’s “most likely to____”award, all of which became fun photo props.back to school party, geek chic party ,geek chic, nerd party
  5. Offer smart snacks and sweets.  For desserts think nerds, dum dum lollipops, smarties, gummy brains and cupcakes topped with nerd glasses.  For water find the brand Smart Water.  And for snacks you could offer alphabet crackers and dip, Smart Food popcorn, pretzels or cereal shaped as letters, or any small snack stuffed into pocket protectors! B Lee Events did a wonderful job providing and presenting creative themed options such as these.  And they were such a pleasure to work with -so professional, cheery, and full of amazing ideas!  I highly recommend them!back to school dessert table, nerdy snacks, nerdy candy, nerd cupcakes
  6. Prepare photo props.  With fashions this smart, your guests will be studying each other!  Our guests definitely got an A+ when it came to getting dressed to impress!  Fab kids and fab parents, for sure!  For your party, gather props that you already have around the house and offer them to guests to try on!  I brought ties, bow ties, a calculator, a ruler, school bus toys, nerd glasses and a giant inflatable #2 pencil.  ..yes I had all of that around the house lol.  What can I say?  This is the 3rd back-to-school nerdy NY party that I’ve hosted!  See here for 2015 and 2014nerdy party, how to plan a nerd party, tips for nerdy party
  7. Dance the day away!  We called ours a “dorky dance-a-thon”, pumped up the music and let everyone shake it out in the colorful, play space that was NY Kids Club.  Kids danced on giant trampolines, snapped their suspenders, and busted a move with balloons, in the air waving around like they just don’t care!  If you wanted, you could have a leader teach some simple, nerdy dance moves for the kids to follow along to Simon Says style to add to the theme or make that an entirely separate game altogether. ny kids club, nerd party
  8. Giveaway goodies.  I like to always send my guests home with a little something to remember the event by.  This event came fully sponsored so our guests walked away with tons of amazing items worth more than 12x the price of their event ticket. (free event planning consultation from B. Lee Events, $50 off a NY Kids Club new class enrollment and a free PJ party, $42 worth of customized Mabels Labels, exclusive offers to get onto Little Spoon’s organic meal delivery service waitlist, trendy buttons from Kidpik, $50 off new Usborne and More books, Shopkins themed lip balms from Moose Toys, discounted Meisterdish offers, and more)!  But for your party it could be as simple as sending guests home with the remaining items from the snack and dessert bar in cute themed bags.  My daughter decorated our goody bags with alphabet stickers easily converting it from a plain purple bag to a themed one!little spoon, ba ba bling kids, curated care, ny kids club, shopkins

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped make this party such a BLAST!  I had so much fun seeing you get down in your geekiest gear.  Thank you to all the event sponsors who helped make this happen!  See below for details!  And see our FB page for the full album of event photos.

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Venue and event staff- NY Kids Club Battery Park City

Mocktails and tastings by Little Spoon

Smart snacks and sweet table by B. Lee Events

Colored pencil cookies by Baked By Tal

Giveaway prize package worth $50 from Lucky & Me

Designer nerdy tees and composition book craft by Ba Ba Bling Kids

Customized name labels for each guest from Mabels Labels

Stickers and free book offer by Usborne and More

Moose Toys Shopkins lip balms

50% off Meisterdish meal delivery kit

Jand G Handmade for the lovely back-to-school themed hair clip awarded toback to school fashion the female winner of the “best dressed” title)

 


 

 

 

 

 

Emoji Party Tips and Ideas from an Expert Party Planner

I used to plan 150 events a year for Saks Fifth Avenue (along with handling all their marketing and PR needs).  So my brain is used to being filled with a zillion party planning ideas and it’s no wonder I’m always in search of my next reason to throw another fashionable party (even though I no longer work there).  Anyone who knows me knows I can use anything as an excuse to plan another party… (how does my hubby put up with me..I know…).  Emoji party anyone??

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This time, inspiration came from all the emojis happily smiling at me wherever I went.  #trending??  They were everywhere on every article of clothing, fashion accessory, kids’ backpacks, lunch boxes and now did you hear?  There’s even an emoji MOVIE coming out!

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Little J loves emojis! She happily sends texts with her chubby 4 year old fingers to all her friends and family filled with her carefully-chosen emojis.  And she loves imitating all the silly faces with her own.  So I decided it was time Fab Kids threw an emoji-themed party where finally, everyone had the perfect reason to show off their happy, silly, and cool emoji style.

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I partnered with NY Kids Club and aptly titled the event, Mommy and Me HAPPY Hour.  It was a happy hour unlike anything you’ve ever SEEN! Imagine wine for the moms…pizza and play space for the kids.  I mean with this padded play area, you could literally, leave your child in there and sip away knowing they were having a blast!  Easy peasey.  And cheers to THAT!

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Besides having wine nearby, we couldn’t help but smile ear to ear while being surrounded by all the bright, sunny yellow-not to mention all the smiling faces!  emoji party ideas, emoji party entertainment, emoji party decor, happy hour, nyc moms event

Plus did I mention the PIZZA?  Ehem, I could live on this stuff!DSC_1994To really envelop ourselves with the emoji theme, guests were challenged to come wearing their best emoji style.  What better way is there to express yourself than through fashion anyways??  Of course, Fab kids brought it!

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The moms didn’t disappoint either!

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Any mom that can get into a theme is a fab mom to me btw!  Besides the super cute dress code, I made sure smiles surrounded the party people.  Everything from the walls, to the railings, to the bathroom doors were emoji-fied!   5.20-001

NY Kids Club gets 2 thumbs up for brilliantly decorating their trampoline with chalk emoji drawings too! (Insert clapping hands emoji here.)

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The dessert and snack station featured a wall of linen that waterfall-ed into the table.  (Can you believe this was fabric from my college days…it used to be a curtain that I DIY-ed for my dorm).  From here, I simply taped up smiley face emoji plates which you can find here.

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Budgeting tip!  Instead of splurging on emoji lollipops, I bought simple yellow ones and stuck emoji stickers on them.  I found this pack of emoji stickers at the dollar store).  Score!  The suckers stand perfectly in the gift-wrap covered styrofoam and add needed height to the table.  DSC_1936

Coordinated cupcake holders were filled with crunchy, organic, kid crackers.  Pretzel poo was made simply by sticking free poo printables onto mini pretzel packs. DSC_1937

The emoji cookies were from Dylan’s Candy bar, and the sprinkle cupcakes were simply topped with DIY emoji toppers and cupcake liners to complete the look.

Every kids’ party needs a fun activity.  For this emoji party, I wanted an emotional craft that was fairly quick and easy to do for kids of all ages. This emoji photo booth prop was the perfect thing!  Kids were able to customize their own face by choosing from features like sunglasses, heart eyes, smiles, and winking eyes to create a photo prop personalized to their #currentmood!  Little J was very proud of hers!DSC_2002

NY Kids Club staff were sooo awesome at helping to prepare all the pieces by cutting out everything beforehand so the kids could simply select, glue, and GO!  It was so fun that kids often could not stop at just making one.

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Once emotions were let out through this crafting activity, kids were invited to do their happy dance (all to a great playlist customized by me making sure moms could enjoy the latest happy tunes).  And GR8 games included a fun emoji ball toss, as well as a game of pass the emoji (think hot potato game and all set to the lively tune of “don’t worry be happy”.)  I had so much fun brainstorming all these details!

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Thanks to Little Spoon who helped make the night possible through their taste-testing sponsorship of the event and beverage bar!

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Their delicious, organic baby food gets delivered to your door with free shipping (and also tastes great mixed into prosecco with pomegranate seeds, I learned!!)  These products are so hot, there’s a wait list so get on it, Mommas!!

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And thanks to Lulu Fete who supplied all the emoji balloons and decorated /executed my silly selfie station area!  This was such a blast!!

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In the end, style awards and raffles were given away and guests left with goody bags and emoji balloons.  We all left smiling ear to ear! The party ended too soon for us.  We wanted to keep dancing and playing all night long.  But alas, that’s what the next party is for….

 

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SAVE THE DATE!  June 24th, we’re hosting another party at the NY Kids Club and YOU’RE INVITED!

THEME:  Geek chic Graduation party (come wearing bowties, nerd glasses, argyle, suspenders etc.)  We’re celebrating the fact that school’s out and that summer is IN!  Those 5 and under have all graduated from something and this I think calls for a congratulations in party form!

LIKE facebook.com/fabkidsnyc  and follow @fab_kids on IG for all the details coming soon!

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BIG THANK YOU to the NY Kids Club Tribeca for making this event seamless and all-around super.  I couldn’t have asked for a better team!

To see how the yellow chair covers (featured in the crafting room) were last used at little J’s bunny-themed 3rd birthday, hop on over HERE for more party planning tips!

 

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