The grownups won’t mind playing chaperone, either
Keren Precel of Simply Perfect Events knows how to throw one impressive kiddie party. With the majority of summer still ahead of us, we asked her to share three ideas for al fresco celebrations for the littles. She didn…
Our favorite kid lit of 2015
Books are our go-to holiday gifts (especially if you’ve saved your shopping until the, um, last minute): They're easy to wrap and ship, they aren't crazy expensive, and their impact can last a lifetime (even if the book…
Come hungry for these toddler birthday themes
Birthday party success is all about being original. To that end, event planner and baker extraordinaire Amy Atlas shares a few fresh themes—four that are fit for little foodies, plus a board game bash. Nary a pirate or …
(Grass-fed) burgers to (non-toxic) bug spray, we’ve got you covered.
  The art of backyard entertaining shifts when kids are on the guest list. Looking beyond cold beer and good tunes, here's a step-by-step guide to making your tot-friendly BBQ a blast. Stock up on extra sunscreen and bu…
5 clever ideas for (nearly) homemade costumes.
We'd love to say we're making our kids' costumes from scratch this year. But it's just not going to happen. We'll more likely order a cute one from Pottery Barn Kids—unless the Universe blesses us with some spare time, …
Fresh ideas for celebrating the mom-to-be
No one wants to play "Guess the Baby Food." But you've gotta do something to move things along at a baby shower. So once you've settled on a theme (cruise Hostess Blog for ideas) and sorted out the menu, consider … Cont…
Fab first birthday trimmings
Google "first birthday party," and you'll find an overwhelming amount of crap. But there are plenty of fabugorge supplies out there. We swear. For starters, check out minted's selection of indie-designed first birthday …
7 thoughtful gifts for your weekend hosts
Chances are, you're going to mooch at least one weekend this summer. And while everyone likes a nice candle or bottle of wine, we love the idea of bringing something summery for the kids. As co-owner of Magic Beans, Eli…
8 thoughtful gifts for the newly expectant
There's something special about the first time you meet up with a bestie after she's announced her pregnancy. And while etiquette doesn't require a gift, it's nice to bring something thoughtful. A small gift with a tiny…
Our favorite gifts for Mother's and Father's Day
Pictures of the kids make great gifts for those who love them. Especially when they're artfully displayed on the items we use every day. Here, nine of our favorite photo gifts for the grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, …
25 companies we adore
Of course we're celebrating our love for our families this Valentine's Day. But we also want to celebrate the innovative, thoughtful companies that keep our families comfortable, healthy, and entertained—and save us tim…
Amy Atlas shares creative ways to celebrate outdoors
Party pro Amy Atlas could transform even an industry awards dinner into a fabulous soiree. Here are her five suggestions for making a little one's summer birthday party memorable (and tasty). 1. Happy Trails. Invite you…
Amy Atlas shares her favorite mini-shower themes

Seems like “sprinkles” (mini showers for a second- or third-time mom) are here to stay. So we asked Sweets Stylist and event-planning pro Amy Atlas to give us the lowdown on the trend—and ideas for pulling …

Our favorite baby stuff from indie designers around the country

Chains and big brands can be wonderfully reliable for baby staples, but it’s just so satisfying to find amazing gear—that no one else has—handcrafted by a designer who’s doing it on her own. We looked from …

Thoughtful baby gifts for same-sex siblings

. . . . We asked our trusted StrollerTraffic Scouts to dish out some gift ideas that second-time parents of same-sex siblings might actually need—or at least appreciate.